New Puppy Checklist | Everything You Need for Your New Puppy
Training tips | By: Taylor Wyllie, KPA CTP | Aug 21, 2022
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Congratulations on your new puppy!
Welcoming your newest family member into your home can be an exciting time! But it can also be overwhelming.
If it's been a while since you've raised a puppy—or maybe it's your first time with a puppy as an adult—it can be difficult to remember everything you need.
Don't worry, we have you covered.
The following checklist covers everything you need to buy your new puppy, so you can start your new relationship off on the right paw (see what we did there?).
At the end of the post, we've included a link to a downloadable PDF of the checklist. That way, you can print it out and take it to the pet store with you.
Let's jump right into the checklist.
☐ Healthy food
To help with house training, feed your new puppy on a set schedule. Water should be freely available.
☐ Water and food bowls
☐ Collapsable water bowl
To take on outdoor adventures, long car rides, or to puppy class.
☐ Pee pad
☐ 6 ft leash
☐ Buckle collar
☐ Poop bags and holder
☐ Basic first aid kit
Puppies need 18-20 hours of sleep a day. So, make sure you don’t disturb them while they’re snoozing or you'll have a grumpy puppy.
Think of your puppy's crate as their safe space where they can get away from the chaos of other pets or children.
Mental enrichment is as important as physical exercise. Ensuring that your puppy has the appropriate mental stimulation will help prevent unwanted behaviors—like excessive barking, chewing, and play biting—from becoming problems.
☐ Squeaky toys
Start to teach your puppy to nicely give back their toy by trading it for their favorite treat.
☐ Puzzle or interactive toys
Digestible (bully sticks, Himalayan cheese chews, No-Hide)
Puppies need to chew: they not only explore the world with their mouths, but they may be teething. To keep your pup from chewing on your slippers, provide appropriate chews and rotate them to keep them fun!
☐ Lick mat and spreadable treats
☐ Treat pouch
☐ Training treats (pea-sized)
You can also use your puppy's kibble as training treats.
Focus on rewarding your puppy for what they do right to encourage good behavior.
☐ High-value food
☐ Nail clippers
Before you clip your puppy’s nails, gently manipulate their paws to get them used to handling.
☐ Shampoo (optional)
So, there you have it. We hope this has helped make you feel a little less overwhelmed. Of course, you don't need to buy every single thing on this checklist all at once. You may choose to wait to buy grooming tools until your puppy is a little older (practicing getting your puppy used to handling in the meantime).
And, once again, congratulations!