Getting a new puppy is an exciting time and along side the excitement comes the job to get all the essentials ready for when you bring your new best friend home. Here’s the ultimate puppy essentials list that you can refer to at any time:
What are the new puppy essentials?
- collar and lead.
You may find that you’ll get a collar when you pick up your new puppy but if not you’ll need one and a lead to attach to it. It’s a good idea to get your dog used to wearing one as soon as possible so that it’s not a huge battle in the future. Soft webbing collars are good for puppies as they aren’t as heavy and stiff as leather ones.
Your new puppy will need some form of identification like a dog tag. You can get these really easily from local pet shops or even online. In the UK you need to have the name and address of the owner inscribed and of course you could also add a phone number as well.
- somewhere to sleep – bed/crate
Having his own little space to sleep is essential to make your puppy feel at home. A small dog bed that they can curl up in and feel safe is a really nice idea, or you can just go with a cushion. Make sure it’s washable as there are inevitably going to be some accidents!
A crate is also recommended to give your puppy his own space where he can go if things are too much and aren’t a cruel cage like some people think. A crate will keep a puppy in his space overnight and contain any toilet mess that might happen and can also keep them from annoying other dogs you might have as well.
Special puppy food is recommended when you first bring them home. Always check what food they are used to because any sudden changes might lead to upset tummies and diarrhoea. If you can get the same as what they were eating before and if you need to change it to something else, do it gradually.
Treats are also a good idea for when you begin to train your new puppy. Get something that is suitable for very young dogs.
- food and water bowls
Self explanatory really! You need something to put your new puppy’s food in and to have a drink on hand at all times.
Something that they can chew on is recommended. Don’t go for too many or anything too complicated, just something chewy and simple is best to start with so your dog will know which one is his.
- Grooming equipment
you don’t need to go all in just yet with lots of stuff – just the simple equipment in the beginning is best to get your dog used to it all. Perhaps some dog shampoo that is suitable for puppies and a small brush.
- poop bags
I need say no more!
New puppy equipment that’s nice to have
The following bits of puppy accessories are good to have but aren’t quite essential!
- puppy training pads
When you’re toilet training your new puppy you can go the old fashioned way and use newspaper, or you can try out these puppy training pads. They work essentially the same way and if you have smooth flooring they can be fixed down so you don’t slip which is a great idea. These are a good buy.
If you want to keep your puppy contained but have a large area to play in, maybe because you have bigger dogs, cats who aren’t yet happy with them or young children you want to be more aware of, a playpen like this could work well. It’s also good for when you want them to play in the garden but are worried they are small enough to get through the fence and run off!
- A good vacuum cleaner!
This is especially important if you have a long haired breed that sheds a lot – get a specific pet hair vacuum and you’ll be good to go. Take a look at my reviews of the best vacuums for pet hair.