New Puppy: Essentials List

by Melissa R. on May 24, 2013

Getting a new puppy soon? Here’s my list of what I recommend you have on hand before you get your new puppy home with you!

    Puppy Pen

  • Crate: Crates are essential when you get a new puppy. Crating a puppy at night or while you are gone helps them learn to control their bladder as they do not like to eliminate where they sleep. You may have to start out small, and buy bigger ones as your puppy grows. Or, there are some available which have dividers. You don’t want the crate to be too big for your puppy or they will think they can potty in it. Keep it just big enough so they can stand and turn around. Any bigger and your puppy may not housebreak easily.
  • Pen or Gates: If you do not have a good puppy-proofed area, you may want to invest in a pen that is big enough your puppy can roam around in, play, eat, and you could put training pads down if you like to help with potty training. Or you may want to gate off an area of the house such as the kitchen.
  • Puppy on a leash

  • Toys! I started out with just a few and keep buying more and more toys as our puppy grows up and learns new things and has more interest.
  • Treats! Another thing I started with was just a few and we are branching out from there. Initially I really only used her puppy food as a reward, but as she gets older, and we are training more, treats with more value are necessary. We still keep to small treats though, so anything we do buy that is larger gets broken up.
  • Collar & lead: As a small puppy, you will want to start out with a smaller leash and collar that doesn’t hang on them too heavy. Once they get bigger, you can invest in larger collars & leads. A big clunky clip is hard for a tiny puppy’s neck to handle, so try to find a leash with a delicate clip to start with. You may also want to try a harness instead of a collar, as they tend to put less pressure on their necks.
  • Puppy eating

  • Food: Find out what food your puppy was eating before you got him or her, and stick with that if you can. If you want to switch, be sure to do it gradually.
  • Grooming supplies: Nail clipper, brush, shampoo. You want to get your puppy used to being groomed so it is not a chore when he grows up.
  • Healthcare items: Dental care, ear care. Best to get your puppy used to having his teeth and ears cleaned when he is young, and then you can save on veterinarian bills later!
  • Puppy cleaning supplies

  • Cleanup Supplies: Puppies have accidents in the house, and so you will need plenty of cleaner. Personally, I buy the biggest bottle there is and don’t skimp on the usage! You want to make sure you clean up all residual odors so your puppy doesn’t think he is always supposed to go in that spot.

Puppy Supplies

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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