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What You Need for Your New Puppy

What You Need for Your New Puppy

In the excitement of welcoming a new puppy into your home, it can be easy to overlook a few things. Never fear! We're here to help prepare you with everything you'll need to keep tails wagging.

Items you will need before you bring your new dog home:

  • Puppy or dog food (dry, moist or canned): Nobody likes to move in on an empty stomach, and your puppy is no different.
  • Food and water dishes: No need to use fine china, something nice and basic will work just fine.
  • Bed and bedding: Sometimes a warm bed to call your own is the greatest thing in the world.
  • Poop scooper and plenty of waste pick-up bags: Because nature calls, and for pups, nature is on speed dial.
  • Carrier: Every pooch likes to ride in style.
  • Leash and collar: With a tag that includes identification information, including your pup's name and your name, address and telephone number - Your pup can't exactly carry a wallet, so this information is key should they ever get lost.
  • Toys: Trust us, you're going to need them to keep your little one occupied.
  • Medications as needed, prescribed by a veterinarian: These commands are coming straight from a doctor, so listen up pet parents.

Optional supplies for puppies and dogs:

  • Vitamins and supplements: A healthy pup is a happy pup. Always consult a veterinarian first.
  • Grooming supplies: you'll want to keep your puppy looking good, from head to tail.
    • Wire slicker brush and wide-tooth comb for longhair dogs
    • Bristle brush and fine-tooth metal comb for shorthair dogs
    • Dog nail clippers
    • Cotton balls and swabs
    • Dog toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Puppy shampoo
    • Flea & tick control
  • Dog gate or partition for blocking doorways: Pet parents get territorial too, so blocking off designated spaces can be important.
  • Housetraining aids: No pup is born housebroken, so potty training is exactly that. Training.

Having the right supplies is just the first step. Raising a new puppy takes training, commitment and encouragement.