Your New Puppy Checklist For Welcoming a New Family Member!

This is a sponsored post, in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club. All opinions are proudly my own.

Did you get a new pet for the holidays? Here's everything you need to know about what to buy to welcome a new puppy or dog to your home! #ad #BJsSmartSaver

It wasn’t for the holidays, but we got a new puppy in 2018, after only weeks of looking!

That is how fast it can go! We saw Astro’s picture and called about him and although it was a lengthy and thorough adoption process, the whole thing was a matter of a few weeks. We got that magical date – May 24th – and told our kids we were going to New Jersey for a BBQ. Really, we were going to New Jersey because that’s where the rescue organization is.

Then we had the long drive back home with a puppy in our laps!

Did you get a new pet for the holidays? Here's everything you need to know about what to buy to welcome a new puppy or dog to your home! #ad #BJsSmartSaver

As you probably know, welcoming a new puppy or dog – no matter what age – into your home is a big deal. You want to be prepared! As you noticed in my BJ’s blog post, it’s a big decision that I don’t take lightly. When Astro was only a few months old, we found out he’d need a very expensive and scary operation on his front two legs. As always, we’re committed to his care and will always do what’s right by him, and us. And I’m happy to say that he’s doing well, post-surgery!

Here he is, modeling his new dog bed:

Speaking of which, you know we go to BJ’s for all our pet needs. Did you know that they’re a great source for welcoming a new puppy or dog into your home? For real! That’s where we went right after we got Astro, and we struck gold there.

New Puppy Checklist!

1 – An appropriately sized crate. Not too big and not too small, but dogs do need the security and space and training that a crate offers.

2 – Toys. Puppies chew EVERYTHING. I mean it! Dogs do too. Make sure to have plenty of chew toys for your dog. One tip is to keep a few out at a time and “hide” others. Then rotate them so they’ll always seem new to your dog.

3 – A harness and leash. These are vital for leaving the house and going to the park, beach, public areas, etc.

4 – Food and bowls. We love the Berkley Jensen Puppy Food in particular! We recommend a separate bowl for water and fresh water should always be available. Also, we use stainless steel bowls because they collect less bacteria than plastic, and don’t break like ceramic.

5 – Plenty of treats. You will need them for training and for spoiling that new dog in your life! We love Milk-Bone Soft & Chewy Beef Recipe Dog Snacks and Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Daily Dental Treats for both of our dogs.

For some more advice, Pee Pee Pads can be super effective in helping with a new puppy, a small dog, or traveling with pets.

And that is why BJ’s is always the place to go for welcoming a new pet. They offer a large selection of pet food brands that cater to your pet’s needs without breaking your budget. And with pets to get gifts for and to also travel with these days, we’re happy to have a place that has a wide assortment of food and accessories at unbeatable values. As a member, you can shop wet and dry pet food, treats that support dental health, and specialty foods that cater to weight management or complete nutrition. Not to mention that families can save up to $500 a year by shopping at BJ’s.

All three times after welcoming a new pet into our house, I have loved going to BJ’s to shop for the new puppy or kitten. I love that they’re committed to offering the best value of any supermarket or club, and members save 25% off grocery store prices every day. BJ’s is the only membership warehouse club to accept manufacturer’s coupons. And I’ve never had a bad time there!

Did you get a new pet for the holidays? Here's everything you need to know about what to buy to welcome a new puppy or dog to your home! #ad #BJsSmartSaver

My refer-a-friend link invites you to join BJ’s today and earn a $25 gift card! Also, BJ’s offers convenient shopping options including in-Club shopping, BJs.com and the BJ’s mobile app. You can save money and time by filling up your gas tanks at BJ’s Gas® with some of the lowest gas prices around. Make it your one-stop-shopping for your family and family pets!

Did you welcome a new puppy or dog to your home this holiday season?

Did you get a new pet for the holidays? Here's everything you need to know about what to buy to welcome a new puppy or dog to your home! #ad #BJsSmartSaver

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

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Your New Puppy Checklist For Welcoming a New Family Member! — 12 Comments

  1. Oh that picture of Astro sitting up for the dog treat! Great tips too. I was just thinking today that I need to get Sunny some chews for her teeth and breath, so thanks for sharing about the Milkbone brushing chews.

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