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New puppy parent? If so, check out my new puppy shopping list. You will find everything you need to get started with your new puppy.
Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the greatest experiences of your life. Your puppy will be a constant source of joy and happiness that you will always treasure and this new puppy shopping list is exactly what you need to to successfully welcome their new little furry friend home.
When we got our siberian husky puppy Suede, we found ourselves in the pet store multiple times during those first few weeks.Needless to say, we’ve spent tons of money and bought plenty of products that we didn’t need. So to help you avoid these mistakes, I want to help make this process as easy as possible for you, especially if you are new to puppies.
So I have put together this new puppy shopping list that you can use to help get started in raising your new puppy.
New Puppy Shopping List
Make Your New Puppy Feel At Home
Before you bring your pup home, there are a few things that you will need to already have in place and ready for your new furry friend.
Every pup need a soft comfortable bed. However, I don’t recommend spending a ton on a bed since it may become a chew toy later – especially if you have a siberian husky like we do.
A waterproof doggy blanket like this one is comfy for your pup but also protects your furniture from any accidents your pup may have.
A collar is a great way to give your pup their own unique style, but more importantly, a collar is necessary to hang your vaccine collars and name tag. Speaking of name tags…
As soon as you decide on what to name your pup, you want to go ahead and get a name tag for them. Name tags are so important and contain information that would be helpful if your pup was ever lost. You can usually get these made at your local pet store.
A crate bed is necessary for your pup if you have them in a crate for crate training (which I highly recommend). It’s a great way to keep them comfortable inside versus them sleeping on the cold plastic bottom of the crate. This one is our favorite – be sure to pick the right size based on the size of your crate.
I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve purchased more than our fair share of toys for our pup Suede. Typically it takes a while to see what type of toys your pup likes and and what type of toys actually last. However, one toy that you can’t go wrong with is the snuggle puppy. It doubles as a calming aid and is great for anxiety relief for new pups.
Those first few weeks of having your puppy will require you to visit the vet pretty often, so I highly recommend getting a travel crate for your pup. If you have a smaller breed you’ll be able to use the same crate for a while. However, if you have a larger breed, be prepared for your pup to quickly outgrow their crate.
Feeding Your New Puppy
Believe it or not, feeding your new puppy requires more than just food and bowls. Here is what you should have on your new puppy shopping list to successfully feed your new puppy.
Food & Water Bowl
This one is probably a given, but you definitely will need to have a food and water bowl for your pup. There are tons of different types of food & water bowl set ups out there, but be mindful of the size of your pup in relation to the size bowls that you get.
When it comes to dog food, it will depend strongly on your breed. We currently feed our siberian husky a premium dog food by Purina, however, you definitely want to talk with your veterinarian about what will be the best food for your pup.
Food Storage Container
Speaking of food, dog food can be pretty pricey, so it’s important that you have an airsealed container to store it in. Trust me, rolling up the dog food bag isn’t enough. This is a great option for both the treats and dry dog food.
A placemat is one of those things that many new pup parents forget about but I highly recommend it for spills and random food that will inevitably end up on the floor.
High Quality Treats
I’ll be the first to tell you that not all dog treats are created equal. In the same way that it is important to read labels on our food, it is equally important to read the labels on your dog food and treats. Some of our favorite brands right now are Good’N’Fun and Fruitables.
Grooming Your New Puppy
Proper grooming is key for all dogs and even if you utilize a professional groomer, there are a few things you should have in your arsenal.
The type of shampoo you get for your pup is totally up to you, however, I definitely recommend something with natural ingredients and tear-free. This was our favorite shampoo to use when Suede was a pup.
How often you brush your puppy will largely depend on the type of breed that your pup is. Since we have a furry pup that sheds often, we use this brush. They also make these pet grooming gloves which are great for long and short fur.
A detangler isn’t necessarily essential, but it’s a great way to gently reduce tangles and matting during grooming and brushing. This brand is our go-to for detangling.
Paw balm is something that we just recently added to our grooming arsenal and I really wish we had it from day 1. It’s great for cracked, irritated paws and trust me, your dog will thank you for it.
Let’s face it, you won’t be giving your pup a bath every day. Sometimes you just need to quickly clean up dirt and dander and these deodorizing wipes are definitely the way to go.
Puppy Training Essentials
A clicker is a classic puppy training essential and is perfect for my favorite type of dog training – positive reinforcement training.
As I said earlier, I highly recommend crate training once you get your pup. The size crate you buy will depend largely on the size of your pup but this is the one we used initially and it was a great starter crate.
Puppy pads are a great way to begin house training your dog. These puppy pads are odor eliminating and also leak-proof.
A leash is absolutely crucial for a young puppy. A leash is a way of keeping your dog safe and near you.
A good harness is another crucial item for training. Harnesses help limit the stress on your dog’s neck and they also help reduce pulling.
Cleaning Supplies for your New Puppy
A new puppy also comes with new messes to clean. So it’s important to have some pet-friendly cleaning supplies on hand when you bring your pup home.
Poop bags are a necessity for new pup parents. I recommend these bags since they’re heavy duty and also biodegradable.
Unless you want to constantly step in poop in your front or backyard, you absolutely need a poop scoop. I’m personally not a fan of the big bulky ones. This handheld one is my absolute fav!
There are bound to be a few accidents when you get a new puppy, so you definitely want to have a stain remover on hand. This is our favorite brand for dog messes, it’s also great for getting rid of any lingering odors too.
There you have it!
The ultimate new puppy shopping list that every new dog owner needs to successfully welcome their new little furry friend home.
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