Puppy 101: Essential Supplies for Your New Dog

Puppy with toys

Written by Luna Martinez

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Hello, dog lovers! Luna here, back with another post on our DogDogDog blog. Today, we’re going to delve into an essential topic for all new dog parents – the must-have supplies for your new dog. Bringing a new puppy home is an exhilarating time filled with licks, wags, and boundless energy. But it’s also a time to be prepared. Here’s an extended list of items you’ll need to make your new furry friend feel right at home.

Food and Water Bowls

Your puppy will need their own bowls for food and water. Choose sturdy, easy-to-clean bowls that won’t easily tip over. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are a good choice as they are durable and don’t hold onto bacteria as plastic bowls can.

Dog Food

The right nutrition is crucial for your puppy’s growth and health. Consult with your vet to choose the best type of food for your puppy’s breed, size, and age. Remember that puppies often need specially formulated food to support their development.

Collar and Leash

A collar for ID tags and a sturdy leash are essential for walks and outdoor adventures. Remember, your puppy will grow, so adjustable collars and leashes that can accommodate their growth are a good idea.

Bed

A comfortable bed gives your puppy a space of their own and aids in their sense of security. Choose a bed that’s the right size for your puppy to grow into, and consider one with removable, washable covers for easy cleaning.

Toys

Toys are not just for fun—they also keep your puppy mentally stimulated, help with teething, and encourage good chewing habits. Make sure to choose safe, age-appropriate toys. Puzzle toys can be great for keeping an active puppy engaged!

Crate

A crate can help with house training and provides your puppy with a safe, cozy space. It should be big enough for your puppy to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Add some soft blankets and toys to make it more inviting.

Puppy Pads

Puppy pads can be very helpful for house training your puppy, especially in the early days. They help protect your floors and make clean-up easier while your pup is still learning.

Grooming Supplies

Grooming supplies are crucial to keep your puppy looking their best. You’ll need different grooming supplies depending on your dog’s breed and coat type. These might include a brush, nail clippers, dog-safe shampoo, and possibly dental care products. A detangling spray, slicker, and a good comb could also be necessary for long-haired or curly breeds.

Treats

Treats are essential for training. They serve as positive reinforcement and help your puppy learn commands more quickly. Choose healthy options and remember to use them sparingly to avoid weight gain.

Identification Tags and Microchip

An ID tag with your contact information is essential in case your puppy gets lost. Consider getting your puppy microchipped as well, which provides a permanent form of identification. It’s a simple procedure that can greatly increase the chances of a lost pet being returned safely.

Training Books and Resources

While not a physical supply, having some good training resources can be invaluable for first-time puppy owners. Look for well-reviewed books, websites, or even local training classes to help you and your pup on your journey together.

Remember, every dog is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. It’s always a good idea to consult with a vet or a professional dog trainer to understand the specific needs of your new puppy. With the right preparation and a lot of love, you’ll be ready to start this wonderful journey with your new best friend. Happy dog parenting, everyone!

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