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Must-Haves For Your New Puppy’s First Month At Home

Must-Haves For Your New Puppy’s First Month At Home

No matter how much you think you’ve 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 fluffbutt. And when you do, remember to enjoy each and every second of it, because we all know they grow up way too fast! 🐶

Oh, The Noms You Will Eat:
FROMM GOLD NUTRITIONALS PUPPY DRY DOG FOOD

This one’s a no-brainer. Your puppy will need high-quality food so they grow into a happy and healthy adult dog. I checked out Dog Food Advisor for reviews and ratings on pretty much any dog food out on the market, and Fromm comes highly recommended.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-No corn, wheat, beet pulp or artificial flavors and colors.
-Enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion
-Specially formulated for growing puppies

BUY HERE, $32-77

1 Poop, 2 Poops, Brown Poops, Green Poops:
A YEAR’S SUPPLY OF POOP BAGS (You’re Gonna Need It)

poop bags

I ordered this 900-count of poop bags on Amazon last year on August 8, 2016, and I still haven’t had to buy poop bags since. The bags are sturdy enough to withstand whatever craptastrophe you and your pupper get through together, and it even comes with a leash clip and dispenser so you never have to fish through a street trash can to find something to pick up poops with (I’ve been there, and I refuse to endure that shame again).

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-Leak-proof
-Arrows pointing to opening for easy handling
-Thicker than standard bags for heavy duty doodies

BUY HERE, $14.75

Go The Pup To Sleep:
2-in-1 Honeycomb Hut Cuddler

cuddler dog bed

One of the difficult things to navigate as a new puppy parent is bedtime. Will the puppy sleep on his own bed, or a crate, or will he inevitably end up snuggling in with you halfway through the night? I know I woke up a dozen times a night in the first week of bringing my Lady home because I just had to make sure she was comfy in her bed (spoiler: she was fine). This Honeycomb Hut Cuddler would’ve proven invaluable in those early days when I wanted her to have a blanket but didn’t want it to get shredded overnight.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-Converts into a private den for those chilly nights
-Removable inner cushion
-Handle for portability

BUY HERE, $50

Don’t Go Chasing Rabid Squirrels:
HOT DOG COLLAR + LEASH

hot dog leash and collar

Even if you’re not the type to accessorize or keep a closet full of outfits for your pup, you’ll definitely need a collar and leash for those daily walks with your new best friend. Long gone are the days of strapping a nondescript black nylon collar on your pup — now there are stylish options you can use to show off you and your pup’s dazzling pawsonalities! This Zee Dog Hot Dog Leash And Collar will make your pupper the star of the dog park.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-Stain-resistant fabric
-Made in USA
-I mean who doesn’t like hot dogs?

BUY HERE, $27-34

Goodbye Ouchies!
Pocket First Aid Kit

pet first aid

Any first aid kit will do, really, but this pet-friendly pocket first aid kit is pocket-sized and can be brought along on walks and trips to the dog park. We hope you’ll never need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you can tend to your pup’s ouchies in a timely manner.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-Tiny, yet functional
-Clips onto leash or backpack
-Waste bag portal for dual use

BUY HERE, $12

Come Squeak With Me:
BLOOMIN’ BUNDLE

bloomin bundle

Your pup will be busy exploring their new home with you, so it’s good to have a few toys handy to keep your wee pupperino from turning your shoes into minced meat with those sharp teefs! The Bloomin’ Bundle is a BARK original, and comes with a bouquet that will never wilt and a buzzin’ hive of three squeaky bees that fit inside for hide-and-seek fun!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-Bouquet has four flowers that come apart for crinkly + squeaky fun
-Tested for durability in our offices by our four-legged coworkers
-Save over 25% when you buy the bundle!

BUY HERE, $26

Who Stole The Dog Treats From The Dog Treat Jar?
HUNGRY DOG CERAMIC TREAT JAR

chic treat jar for dogs

One of the best ways to set yourself and your puppy up for success is to keep treats handy. This treat jar can sit on the counter or anywhere in the house for easy access whenever you’d like to reward your pup.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

-Keeps treats fresh longer
-Dishwasher safe ceramic with handwash bamboo lid
-Fits any decor

BUY HERE, $17

Who Left The Toys Out, WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO
CHIC TOY BASKET

collapsible toy basket

Having a puppy doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice your pawsonal home style, but you may have to find a way to store all those adorable squeaky toys. This collapsible bin makes a stylish addition to any home, while doubling as a place to store extra pup blankets, toys or even treat bags.

WHY WE LOVE IT
-Available in S, M, L and round form
-Cute print
-Easily folds down

BUY HERE, $19

For Those Countless Potty Training Disasters:
NATURE’S MIRACLE STAIN & ODOR REMOVER


This stuff is truly magical, although it’s got science to back it up. Any potty training mishaps are no match for this odor-busting liquid from heaven. And I mean NONE. So go ahead and just buy the gallon size because you’re gonna fall in ruv with this stuff, I promise.

WHY WE LOVE IT:
-Guaranteed to permanently eliminate stains and odors
-Comes in spray bottle option
-For use on carpets, floors, furniture, clothing, and more

BUY HERE, $5.99+

We hope this list helps you and your puppy start off on the right paw!

Featured image via Instagram/@dutch.corgi.yoda

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