Congratulations! If you are reading this, you need a puppy supply list because you likely fall into one of 3 categories:
- You are thinking about getting a puppy and are researching information and costs.
- You have already decided getting a dog is happening! and you want to make sure you are ready when pick up day arrives.
- You just picked up your new furry friend and need to make that first trip to the pet supply store covers all the necessities.
Whatever your situation, we are happy to help! Here is a list of the top items you will need to begin acclimating your puppy to its new home.
Crate with a divider panel
Gate(s), playpen or extra crate
Bowls for food and water (and maybe a mat for them to sit on if you need to protect your floor)
Leash, indoor and outdoor (NO RETRACTABLES)
Poop bags (or scoop and bucket) for cleaning up
Blanket or bedding
Brush/comb (and other grooming tools you’d like to use: nail trimmer/dremmel)
Grooming wipes (for quick clean ups)
Can of pumpkin (this can help if your puppy gets any minor digestive issues)
Old towels/rags for cleaning paws and cleaning up other dog messes
Cleaning spray to thoroughly clean up accidents (Nature’s Miracle, for example)
Which toys are best?
Of course your puppy supply list will include toys, but which toys are best? Variety will be key at the beginning. Start to notice what types of toys your dog likes. It will be trial and error. If you are lucky, you will have a puppy that likes all types!
Take care to get toys tailored for puppies and avoid things that are too hard on those puppy teeth. Also avoid rawhides, as they can cause digestive issues.
Keep your puppy safe and avoid an expensive trip to the veterinarian by paying close attention when your dog is chewing. Make sure it’s not swallowing parts of the toy. Even string toys are a hazard, as too much string in the digestive tract can be dangerous. Don’t put much in the crate until you observe how much of a chewer your dog is. We want to keep the dog safe and keep them from eating something they shouldn’t while you aren’t around.
Services to include on your puppy list
A few other important supplies that should top your list are the following services:
- A good veterinarian – Ask around for veterinarian recommendations or check our list. They will be your partner in keeping your dog healthy for years so make sure you feel comfortable with your choice. It’s a great idea to get your dog microchipped, so be sure to ask if they can help with that also.
- A good groomer – Finding a good groomer is also helpful for years. Check our list, or here again, ask your neighbors for recommendations.
- An experienced trainer – If you are fortunate, you will share your life with your new dog for over a decade. Your decision to enlist expert guidance now, while your puppy is forming lifelong patterns of behavior, is an investment that will pay off for years and years to come.
We would love to help you enjoy all the phases of puppyhood! We can simplify the training process, decrease any frustration, and set you on the fastest path to having a dog with Perfect Manners. Please contact us today!