Toys for your puppy
Providing toys for your puppy to play with is a good way to socialize them and prevent them chewing on your furniture. It's important to choose a toy that is appropriate for the size of your puppy. Toys should be twice the size of your puppy's mouth to prevent the risk of choking or strangulation.
Rubber dog toys tend to be the most durable, but should only be purchased from reputable pet stores or the vet clinic. Soft toys aren't indestructible, but some are sturdier than others. Soft toys should be machine washable.
It's important to never leave your puppy unsupervised with rope or material toys as they can become a choking hazard if swallowed, or cause an intestinal blockage. Bones should also be avoided as they can splinter and cause internal injuries. Once your puppy's toys start to show signs of wear and tear you should discard them to avoid any accidents.
Puppy Collar and Leash
Although they won't venture beyond the yard in the early days, a collar and leash are essential so your puppy gets used to wearing them. Make sure the collar is snug enough so it can't slip over your puppy's head and includes a tag carrying your name and telephone number.
Having all the basic items prepared in advance will help your new puppy adjust more easily as you introduce them to their new home.