Congratulations on your new puppy! Whether you’re eying that pup in the window, scouting out the perfect adoptable elderly dog, or you’ve already brought home your furry bundle of joy and you’re wondering, “What now?”, we’re here to help. Check out this new puppy checklist, and be prepared for your new best friend. The most essential item? Your unconditional love—it may be cheesy, but it’s true.
What kind of puppy products should you get for your new puppy? Think about health and safety, training tools, grooming tools, and essential services. This list has all the details.
New Puppy Supplies: The Basics
Before you bring your new puppy home, it’s a good idea to make sure you have the essentials. From puppy gates to choosing an appropriate puppy food, you’ll want to be sure to stock up on the following:
Choosing the correct collar for your puppy can lead to safer, more enjoyable walks and training sessions for you both. Adjustable dog collars give your puppy room to grow while still being effective.
Read our guide on training collars
A good leash
Not all leashes are created equal. Puppies chew, some pull, and others need to be kept close to avoid them getting into trouble.
Read our guide on leash styles
Dog ID tags
Identify your dog in case they escape, and make sure they are properly registered for where you live.
Read our guide to dog tags
Some rescues and breeders provide puppies that are already microchipped. Be sure that registration has moved to you, and that all of the information is correct, especially your phone number and address. If your puppy isn’t microchipped, be sure to talk to your vet about getting them one.
Read our guide to microchips
It seems like a simple thing, but some puppies may need special food bowls due to size, eating style or even medical needs.
Read our food bowl guide
Water bowls are essential, and there are many options out there for the new puppy parent. Take into account how much water your puppy needs, and go from there.
Healthy dog food
Finding the right dog food for your puppy can be hard. Do you shop grain free, or go raw? Dry food or canned?
Healthy puppy treats
From chewy treats to dental treats, there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to puppy treats. It’s always great to have a small selection on hand to keep things fresh and learn what flavors your puppy loves.
Reliable food storage
Let’s face it, puppies can and will get into everything. You’re going to want puppy proof food storage, and thankfully there are tons of options out there.
Poop bags and holder
A necessity no matter where you live.
Read our guide to poop bags
House training doesn’t happen in one night, and puppy pads can serve as a training tool, and insurance policy and a backup method all in one.
Every puppy needs a place to sleep. The cozier, and durable, the better.
Read our indestructible dog bed guide
Whether you decide to crate train, are planning to travel with your pup, or plan to drive them to their vet appointments a good crate is a must.
Playpens, baby gates, and other fence systems
Being able to limit your puppy’s access to the rest of your home while you puppy proof everything is key. That doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable and nearby.
New Puppy Supplies: Dog Toys
Every puppy needs to play, whether they’re chasing a ball or chomping on their favorite chew toy.
Great for entertaining your curious puppy, puzzle toys are a great way to lessen separation anxiety and enrich your puppy’s day.
Check out our puzzle toy guide
Puppies love to chew. Giving them some durable chew toys can mean the difference between them chewing something safe and your beloved shoes.
Read our guide to sensible chew toys
Have an energetic pup that needs a lot of exercise? Chase toys can help puppies get all that excess energy out.
Some puppies have an appetite for play that goes far beyond what most humans can maintain. Let an interactive toy take over while you rest.
Some puppies just love to cuddle. Plush toys can be a great comfort, and fun to play with for your new puppy.
Read our guide to sturdy plush toys
Puppy Grooming Supplies
For those messes that are too small for a bath, but too big to leave alone.
Even low shed breeds need to be brushed now and then.
Dog training treats
Training treats are a little different than normal puppy treats in that they’re meant to be ‘high value’ and serve as an incentive to learn.
Dog toothpaste + toothbrush for dental care
Doggy dental health is important. Get your puppy started early.
Read our guide to dog toothpaste
Whether you decide to use a commercial puppy shampoo or make your own, it’s easy to keep your puppy smelling fresh.
Read our dog shampoo guide
Dog nail care supplies
Trimming your puppy’s nails doesn’t have to be traumatic. Learn how to do it right and learn what to do if you do make a mistake.
Learn how to trim your puppy’s nails
Treat pouch for training
All those treats need to go somewhere.
Shop for treat pouches
Puppy Cleaning Supplies
Enzyme spray for accidents and odor control
Accidents happen, but don’t have to ruin the carpets or furniture. There is a wide array of products that can help.
Carpet cleaners and vacuums
From accidents to shedding, you’ll need to change your routine up, if this is your first dog.
A must if you have a yard, or don’t like the “hand in bag” approach.
Essential Health Care Services for Your New Dog
It’s better to have a veterinarian you trust on hand, rather than wait for an emergency to come up.
Read our guide to finding the perfect vet
A certified dog trainer can make training your puppy easier and more comprehensive.
Read our guide to finding a trainer
It can be hard deciding if pet insurance is right for you and your new puppy. Be sure to get all the facts.
Read our guide to pet insurance
It’s easy to forget your puppy can’t go everywhere with you until that first impromptu weekend getaway. Having a trusted pet sitter makes everything easier.
Find the perfect pet sitter
Life can get hectic, and puppies have their own schedule. Having a dog walker your puppy knows and trusts standing by to give your pup a potty break or some exercise is great for peace of mind.
Find a dog walker near you
Some breeds need pprofessional grooming, and it’s a great idea to get your puppy used to groomers early for easier visits down the road.
Learn how to teach your puppy to love going to the groomer
Many congratulations on your new best friend! Here are some resources to support you and your puppy as you grow together:
How to Survive the First 24 Hours with Your New Puppy
How Long Can You Leave a Puppy Alone?
How Often Should I Walk my Puppy?
Bringing Home a New Puppy: The Supplies You Need
The Essential New Puppy Checklist
Puppy Training Resources