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Puppies are amazing options when you are looking for a best friend, but it can be quite a bit overwhelming when you are trying to figure out how to take care of them.
How many toys should a puppy have? Let us find out. I will also go over other important information that you need to know when you are looking into getting a puppy.
How Many Toys Should Your Puppy Have?
Being a pet owner, it can be easy to want to just spoil your pets.
Many pet owners do spoil their pets. Even though you want to make sure your puppy does not suffer from boredom, too many toys that do not vary can make your dog bored.
The best thing you can do for your puppy is to give them variety.
Leave out different toys for your dog every day. If this is a little troublesome, do not worry.
You can switch out toys weekly instead. Even better, now you have the time to clean any of the used toys before you give them back to your dog.
Your dog can never have too many toys. However, to bring some variety into their lives, you can just switch out their toys every so often.
What Kinds of Toys Should My Puppy Have?
All dogs are different. This is important to keep in mind when you are buying new toys for your puppy.
Some puppies like stuffed toys. Others will tear them to shreds within the hour.
Some dogs love rubber chew toys. Other dogs would prefer a tug toy.
The most important thing when buying toys for your puppy is to make sure the toy is safe for your dog.
Stuffed toys are great, and lots of dogs love them. But if you choose to buy your puppy a stuffed toy, you should always be watching them.
The last thing you want is for your dog to start eating the stuffing of a toy.
Your dog might accidentally ingest a squeaker or other small parts of a toy if you are not careful to watch them whenever they have their toys.
On a similar note, rubber chew toys can be dangerous as well.
You want to make sure you are getting the right size for your dog.
Keep in mind that puppies grow quickly, so a toy that was fine for them when they were a couple of months old could turn into a choking hazard down the road.
Again, just be sure to observe your dog whenever they have their toys.
If your dog seems to be outgrowing their toy, the best thing you can do is take it away and purchase another toy that will be better size-wise.
When it comes to toys, you should also just make sure you are doing your research and reading reviews other pet owners left behind.
However, when it comes to the actual toys your puppy should have, it is always a good idea to get your puppy some teething toys.
When puppies start teething, they will chew on anything they can get their little paws on.
You would probably prefer your puppy to be chewing on their teething toy rather than one of your shoes.
Even worse, puppies that do not have the right toys for teething may even resort to chewing on furniture, which you do not want.
Again, though, different puppies like different things. So, keep that in mind when you are toy shopping.
Dogs like variety, so if you already have a similar toy, consider getting something new and different. You can always switch between them later.
What Else Might My Puppy Need?
Puppies are a big responsibility, so it is not as easy as just buying a whole bunch of toys and calling it a day.
There are so many more things that your puppy is going to need. So, what do you need other than puppy toys?
The first thing you will need is a good quality puppy food. Puppies cannot eat the same kibble that an adult dog will.
They need more nutrient-packed food, so you will want to make sure the food that you buy is specifically made for puppies.
It is always a good idea to do the same when it comes to treats. There are also dog treats that are formulated with the dietary needs of a puppy in mind.
You are going to want to get puppy pads. Puppies are unfortunately not born with the knowledge that the house is not their bathroom.
This can be frustrating for many pet owners who do not want to go through the process of house training, but puppy pads can be a huge help.
They are great to place in your puppy’s kennel if they are kennel training. They can also just be used in the room where your puppy is staying.
Puppy pads can help you so when your puppy does not make it outside in time to go potty, they can at least go on the pads, which will mean easier cleanup for you.
Baby gates are also useful to have around the house when you get a puppy, especially if you have stairs or rooms that you want to keep your puppy away from.
Stairs, especially, are important to block off from your puppy.
Since puppies do not know how to use stairs, they need to be taught by you and supervised until they find stairs easy to go up and down.
The last thing you want is for your puppy to get hurt from falling down the stairs.
Baby gates should also be used to block off rooms that you do not want your puppy to be in.
If you just got a new quilt for your bed, and you cannot shut the door, you should consider a baby gate in the doorway.
Your puppy does not understand yet that there are rules about what they can and cannot chew on.
It would be best to just keep them away from the items that you do not want to be ruined.
You also need a collar and a leash. Some puppy parents will also opt for getting a harness for their dog, as it can help to stop pulling if used correctly.
Your dog may have plenty of toys at this point, but it’s still important to make sure your puppy is getting all of their energy out as the day goes on.
You want a leash to be able to take them on walks. Keep in mind that puppies are energetic, but they still have not built up the endurance that you might have.
Start your puppy out on smaller walks. As time goes on, you can go on longer and longer walks until your puppy is getting the amount of exercise that they need.
You also want a collar to attach to the leash. Even if you decide to get your puppy a harness, you want a collar and dog tags just in case your puppy ever gets lost.
Tips for Caring for Puppies
When you take your puppy home for the first time, there is a lot to keep in mind.
There are so many items that your puppy needs, and it can be hard to keep track of it all.
Owning a puppy is a big responsibility, and if you have never had a puppy before, there is a lot to learn.
But not to worry, here are some tips for you when it comes to caring for your new best friend.
First, when you bring your puppy home, it is recommended to start them off in one room of the house.
Having too much to explore at once can be overwhelming for your puppy, so choose one room to start in and gradually increase the spaces your puppy can go as they get used to the house.
Take your puppy outside frequently. Puppies cannot always tell you when they need to go to the bathroom, and that’s how accidents happen.
Whenever your puppy goes to the bathroom outside, you can praise them and give them a treat.
Do not scold them for going potty inside. They do not know any better. Instead, take them outside so they know where they should go.
You need a lot of patience with puppies, but they are well worth it.
There are so many things to go over when it comes to puppies.
From how many toys they need to what the best ways to take care of them are, it can be a little bit overwhelming.