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Have you thought about what you need for your new puppy or dog? If you haven’t here is everything you need – plus a free downloadable PDF New Puppy Shopping Checklist ( + Extra Tips) to make it easy for you.
Let’s say, you get home with your new puppy or dog and bring them in the house to meet everyone then whoops, guess what. The puppy was so excited or nervous he/she peed on your kitchen floor or worse your carpets. It happens – Thinking back to my own experiences, I freaked out when that happened. But I have learned over the years of owning many puppies and dogs that Well, I better be prepared for all kinds of situations to occur.
Here is my new puppy advice:
When Bringing home a puppy for the first time you aren’t going to want to run out to the store for things. Be prepared ahead of time and spend that time bonding with them instead of freaking out because you don’t have everything you need.
They’re just like having a new baby in your house, and I know when you were bringing your baby home, you would prepare beforehand. Right? So why wouldn’t you do the same for your new puppy?
Here is a handpicked puppy shopping checklist I created to make sure you have everything you need to start with – plus some bonus items – you know to spoil them..
What To Buy For A New Puppy
Must Haves for your checklist:
You need a crate. It’s a safe place for your puppy to sleep and to be when left home alone. Dogs are den animals and crates mimic that of a wolf den. It also helps with potty training. This crate has a divider to make it smaller while potty training.
Pro tip: Putting a Blanket over the top of the crate gives them a more cozy feeling.
Puppies and dogs love to get cozy and to have their own bedding. I recommend in the beginning to use some old blankets or towels during the potting training phase in their crate or this crate pad that is easy to wash and dry. You can also get a beautiful cozy dog bed to keep in your family room area – so the puppy can have a place of their own. (not just your couch)
Pro tip: Stay away from beds with foam as they like to tear them apart.
This toy comes with a small heart inside that beats, so it keeps them company when they are in their crate sleeping. Being alone sleeping without their littermates is hard in the beginning, so having this makes them feel like they’re still with them. Your new puppy with love it.
Pro tip: I would only let the puppy have it at sleep time so, they know it’s sleep time.
Start with food that the breeder has been feeding them ( puppies eat three times a day) and if you are rescuing the puppy, make sure you buy a high-quality, grain-free kibble puppy food.
Pro tip: Always check the first three ingredients to make sure there are no by-products in it.
Give your puppy a special snack for good behavior. Treats are also excellent for motivation while training. Just like the food, make sure it is high quality with great ingredients in it. I gave my puppies the treats below they really seemed to enjoy them. We want our pups around for many years, so feeding them the right things is essential.
Pro tip: Always go easy on the treats tiny pieces are perfect for them, especially when it comes to training. Too much at one time can lead to stomach issues.
You will need two bowls, one for water and the other for food. Puppies seem to think their dishes are toys so let’s discourage that by getting a heavier bowl for them and one with rubber on the bottom so they can’t slide it around.
Stainless steel bowls are an excellent choice for hygiene. If you travel with the puppy, this travel bowl is easy to take with you.
Pro tip: Also, a word of caution puppies are messy, so a good mat underneath the dishes helps keep things a little cleaner.
Depending on your breed -a harness works great for pups with the short faces ( I will only use a harness for my English bulldog), and soft collars are fine for all other breeds of dogs. I love this harness for the fact that it is v-sharped around neck area so it doesn’t bother the puppy.
Pro tip: For a comfortable collar fit, allow for two fingers of space between the collar and your puppies neck – use an adjustable soft collar.
Leashes come in different sizes, it’s good to have at least two- a training lead and a walking lead. A 4-6ft lead is suitable for a new puppy anything longer is useful for training lessons (like calling them to come).
Pro tip: Try and stay away from retractable leashes they aren’t always safe for the owner.
ID Tag –
Make sure you have an ID Tag made up in case your puppy wandered off. You can have one made up at your local pet store or purchase right on Amazon. Having your puppy microchipped is also a good idea. Most Breeders and Veterinarians recommend it.
Pro tip: With all the tech out there, I love that you can track your dog with a pet tracker like this one below just hook it onto collar – it takes the worries away.
Pick yourself up some puppy potty training pads to have in the house. It’s much better than putting old newspapers down for potty training. Sometimes puppies do tend to try and tear them up, but if you use them when you have the puppy in a playpen, you can always secure them with the corners of the pen or keep a good eye on them.
Pro tip: They have reuseable Potty Training Pads if you wish to go that route and it more environmentally friendly.
Having a good pet cleaner in the house for those puppy potty accidents ( because you know it will happen) is a must. Start with a couple of bottles, so you don’t run out fast – Plus lots and lots of paper towels.
Pro tip: Vinegar and water also makes a great natural cleaner
When it comes to grooming it will depend on the breed, but these items tend to cover every breed needs:
- Soft brush
- Puppy Shampoo and Conditioner
- Microfiber Towel for easy drying
- Cotton balls for putting in ears during bath
- Ear cleaner
- Nail Clippers
- Baby wipes (for quick cleanup)
Puppies need to learn boundaries, so having them gated off in certain areas like a kitchen is a good idea – they’re also useful to put in front of stairs for the puppy’s safety.
Pro tip: There are many beautiful ones on the market to go with your home decor.
When you can’t keep an eye on your new puppy, it’s best to use a playpen. Remember puppies are just like babies, so by using a playpen when you’re trying to get stuff done around the house, it will give them a safe place to play.
Pro tip: Getting one with a door will be easier for you to get the puppy in and out of it.
The yard will need to be cleaned up from those messy poops outside it’s inevitable That’s when a pooper scooper really comes in handy. Also, you will need sturdy poop bags to take along with you on your daily walks for those potty breaks.
Pro tip: It’s the law to pick up your dog’s poop even if we don’t want to.
Puppies tend to love chewing on things they aren’t supposed to especially during the teething phase. This spray helps to make them think twice about doing that.
Pro tip: If you don’t want to use that, filling an empty plastic water bottle with some coins and give it a shake will also do the trick.
When you are traveling with your puppy in the car, you’ll want to use a seatbelt for your pup’s safety – just like you would for yourself.
Pro tip: Never leave your puppy unattended in the car.
Puppy’s need lots of puppy toys to keep them busy. They get bored quickly with their toys, so having a large amount in the house gives them options. They are essential to help with the puppy stages.
Pro tip: Supervise the puppy at all times with the toys and take away if they start to rip it apart. Offer a different toy to replace the ripped one.
Puppies teeth are just like babies so having a chew toy that goes in the freezer or a healthy puppy bone is critical to have in the house especially if you don’t want them to start chewing on your furniture.
Pro tip: No rawhide bones! They get soft and aren’t very safe for the puppy.
It’s always fun to show off your new puppy in a stylish bow tie or bandana- they always seem to get that extra attention with some of these fun accessories. Just saying.
Printable New Puppy Shopping List
This New Puppy Shopping list is going to make your life so much easier and give you more time to enjoy that beautiful new addition to your family. It’s our responsibility as a dog owner to provide them with everything they need to live a happy, healthy life and getting them started with the right things is a way we can do that.
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Until next time.
Have a pawsome day,
P.S. I would love to hear all about your new Puppy – so leave me a comment oh and maybe a picture. I just love those puppy pictures.🙂