I’ve already gone through the whole puppy thing once, so I thought I’d be super prepared when I got a new pup! Then I realized that no matter how much you think you’re prepared, a new puppy comes at you with constant potties (not always outdoors), super sharp baby teeth, and a whole slew of unpredictable things.
But fear not, my fellow puppy lovers! Here is the ULTIMATE list of things that you will need when you bring home your new fuzzbutt. And when you do, remember to enjoy each and every second of it, because we all know they grow up way too fast!
Well you’ve got to have something to put their food and water in, don’t you? We like ceramic bowls because they’re weighted and don’t get knocked over by those clumsy puppy paws. Our favorite is this Scottie dog bowl by Fenella Smith. She also has a ton of other designs you can check out in BarkShop.
3. ID Tag
How else are you going to remember your dog’s name? But seriously, slap your contact information on there so if someone finds your pup wandering around they can return the little bugger to you! Pick a tag that fits your pup’s pawsonality – we kinda like ’em sassy though, like this “Oh Sh*t! I’m lost” tag from Sprouts and Roots.
Another essential for keeping your dogs safe, especially on walks. Who knows what would happen if you walked your unleashed pup past a squirrel book club on a Wednesday night?! (Bet you didn’t know squirrels were avid readers, did you?)
Your pupper needs someplace comfy and stylish to sleep! Whether you choose to crate train your dog or designate a bed as their spot, make sure to have a setup that’s safe and familiar for him to return to each night. (Even though he’ll eventually end up taking over your bed.)
7. Poop bags
Because leaving poop lying in the grass and on the sidewalk is a HUGE no-no! Don’t be that person.
To fatten them up! Just kidding. You’ll need treats to train and motivate your dog and to use them for bonding time! Bring them with you to puppy class, potty time, when your pup meets new dogs and humans, and just about everywhere else you go!
If you aren’t sure which noms your new best friend would like, try BarkShop’s Treat Sampler pack and let them choose for themselves!
9. What puppy home is complete without a pile of stuffed, squeaky, rubbery, colorful toys to play with?
Puppies come with super sharp teeth and a knack for chewing on anything and everything. Chew toys and teething products are great for redirecting their attention to things they should be chewing on, and keeps them occupied for at least a little while.
11. Calming products
Some pups may be more anxious and nervous than others, and calming products are great for helping out if you need them. You can buy calming treats, as well as pheromone sprays, to keep your puppy calm and feeling safe. Try to find all natural ones that your veterinarian advises are safe for use.
12. Vitamins & supplements
Depending on the health and wellness of your pup, these may be helpful. The first few months are extremely important for their development! Speak with your vet to see if supplements would benefit your puppy.
13. Food storage bin
For those bad hair days! It’s also necessary to brush your dog (frequency depends on breed) to remove dead hairs, mats, and just to get them used to the experience. You’ll have many years of brushing ahead!
Do not wash your dogs with your shampoo–human shampoos are not made for dogs for a reason. They can be extremely drying and end up irritating your dog’s skin, especially a puppy’s. There are so many options to choose from, so pick your favorite!
16. Nail clippers
Start early on and get your puppy used to nail clippings. Many puppy classes teach how to introduce your fluffybutt to nail clippers. This will help your pup (and you) be less nervous when it comes to pawdicures.
17. Dental cleaning products
A dog-specific toothbrush and doggie toothpaste will keep those pearly whites squeaky clean! Dental chews and other dental cleaning products are great for keeping on top of your dog’s oral hygiene between brushings.
18. Flea, tick, & heartworm preventative
Puppy season tends to fall in the summer, when many first-time dog owners have more time, and the weather makes potty training a little easier. This also happens to be prime bug-time, so be sure to arm your pup with parasite and insect preventatives! Additionally, heartworm prevention is a must. All it takes is a mosquito bite, and treatment is costly and miserable for the dog.
19. Puppy towel
20. Play pen or baby gates
Exercise pens or play pens are great for potty training your pups or keeping them in a small, designated area while they’re learning the rules of the house.
21. Furniture covers
If you plan on letting your pups cuddle with you on the couch, these may be helpful in keeping your nice upholstered furniture safe from any potential accidents or pet hair.
22. Travel harness
Keeping your pup safe in the car is a must! Travel harnesses attach to your seat belts to keep the little guys secure.
If you live in a cold area and have a pup who is sensitive to cold weather, coats and booties may be a necessity when bringing them out to potty or on walks. Plus, it also makes them look stinkin’ cute. Seriously, just imagine your pup in this sweater!
24. Treat pouch
A definite must for training so you can keep treats within arm’s reach–anytime, anywhere. You can find these in any store, but Etsy has some really stylish, pupdorable ones, like this one from E and J Cards and Crafts.
25. First-aid supplies
Always be prepared for an emergency so you’re not left scrambling for supplies! You’ll need things like bandages, peroxide, etc… Check here for a complete list of items. You never know when your dog is going to get an owie and you always want to be prepared with a stylish bright pink bandage, amirite?
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