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Essential New Puppy Supplies Every Dog Owner Should Have

By: Brianna Gunter

A chocolate Labrador puppy sits inside with dog toys

Puppies are adorable and fun, but do you have everything you need to bring one home? Between all the playtime and cuddles, you’ll need to stock up on quite a few supplies to help your new furry family member thrive. Because they still have a lot of growing to do, puppies have some very specific needs.

The essential new puppy supplies checklist

Need a little assistance knowing what to get your new puppy? From potty training tools to basic puppy care items, here’s a checklist that’ll help young Fido grow up happy and healthy. Scroll down for a printable version below.


It may seem a bit odd to start off your new puppy checklist with “commitment,” but it’s crucial to make sure you’re financially and emotionally prepared to care for a four-legged friend. Ask yourself if you’re willing to commit to your canine’s health and wellbeing, which will include regular veterinary visits, daily walks and playtime, and plenty of healthy food and safe toys. Keep in mind that this will extend throughout the dog’s entire life, which can be anywhere from 10 to 15 years on average.

“Before adopting a new pet, you should make sure that you are ready for a lifelong commitment,” says Trupanion veterinary technician Aubrey Halvorsen. “New pet readiness goes beyond food bowls, a bed, and a leash. Make sure you are ready to have a new companion in your life.”

Puppy potty training tools

A lot of dog breeders and foster caregivers take measures to potty train puppies before they go to their forever homes. That said, it’s not uncommon for new puppy owners to bear the responsibility in this area. Arm yourself with patience and some puppy potty pads to make things go more smoothly.

You may also want to look into home cleaning supplies that are specifically designed to tackle “accidents,” which are likely to happen upfront depending on when and where you get your pup.

Dog identification

Depending on where you live, you may be required to register your dog locally. Even if you aren’t, investing in a dog ID tag is still a good idea. A visible ID will help others recognize your dog right away if she gets lost, and it will also make traveling with your canine easier. If you have your furry friend’s name picked out, make it official and have their nametag ready upon pickup.

Collar, harness, and leash

Puppies of all breeds tend to move quickly. So, you’ll want to get a collar, harness, and leash before you go to pick up your furry friend. Be sure to look for ones that are specifically listed for your new pup’s age and breed. It should go without saying, but these items are new puppy checklist must-haves!

Dog carrier

When you have a growing puppy, you will need to visit the veterinarian regularly during his early years for important vaccines and wellness appointments. In addition to veterinary trips, you may also want to take your dog on day trips or even longer traveling adventures. Wherever life with your dog takes you, it’s a good idea to have a reliable dog carrier to transport your furry friend safely.

Puppy gate and crate

Since puppies are naturally curious and may get into things they shouldn’t, a crate can be necessary both for their safety and training at home. A crate also appeals to your puppy’s instincts by acting as a den where he can safely retreat and relax. Some people use their dog’s carrier as an at-home kennel if it’s large enough, but you may want to get a separate crate to give your pal his own special space.

“Your veterinarian can advise if a crate if right for your pet and other basic needs,” says Halvorsen, who also points out that research is important for all pet supply decisions.

Likewise, a dog gate can also help ensure your furry friend stays out of harm’s way, particularly when you’re busy and can’t constantly pull them away from things (like when you’re cooking).

Water and food bowls

Your growing pup needs a steady source of water for whenever he gets thirsty, and he also needs a place to eat. Giving him his own water and food bowls will not only save your personal dinnerware, but can also help train your puppy to understand what’s “his.” Consider investing in a puzzle bowl or a dog dish with dividers in it to help prevent your pal from inhaling his food at mealtime.

Puppy toys

It’s important to set aside time daily to play and bond with your new puppy, and you’ll also want to make sure she’s able to get in plenty of playtime on her own. Invest in some quality puppy toys that are specifically meant for growing dogs and won’t come apart easily.

Only keep a few toys out at a time and rotate them regularly in order to prevent overstimulation and boredom. Durable chew toys will help with teething as well as prevent your pal from practicing her natural urge to chomp out on your furniture. Fetch toys will likewise help her learn some discipline skills and interact in a fun, safe way with humans. Plush toys can fit a variety of playtime purposes and give your pet something to cuddle with at the end of the day.

Dog bed

Growing puppies need a lot of sleep, and they need a safe, comfy place to catch some Z’s. Pick out a puppy bed that gives them room to grow but is still cozy, taking into consideration your pal’s breed and growth rate.

First veterinary appointment

While you’re prepping your home for your new puppy, go ahead and add their first veterinary appointment to your checklist. It’s also a good idea to consult with a veterinarian ahead of time to make sure you have everything your new puppy needs and are making their wellbeing a priority.

“Research some veterinary clinics in your area and make your new pet visit shortly after adoption,” Halvorsen says. “Talk to your veterinarian about a good diet for your new pet.”

New puppy supplies checklist: ready your new furry friend

By incorporating a new puppy supplies checklist into your pet preparation and having these items ready ahead of time, you can spend more time actually bonding with your pup. That said, it’s important to be aware that your puppy’s needs will change over time as they grow into an adult dog. Keep checking in with your veterinarian about what kind of food and other supplies your pal needs to thrive, and be prepared to be flexible. Life with a new puppy comes with a lot of surprises, after all!

Heading to your local pet store soon? Print a new puppy checklist to bring along.

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This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Trupanion. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.

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