Preparing for Your New Dog

Here is a comprehensive list of things you’ll need to purchase to prepare to bring home your new furry family member.

Dog Food

This is preferably the brand your dog was eating before coming to your home to prevent tummy upsets. You can always work on transitioning him to a different dog food later after consultation with your veterinarian.

Food and Water Bowls

You’ve got to have something to serve your puppy his supper in, and a way to keep him hydrated. We recommend the durability of stainless steel. Sanitizing these bowls by running them through the dishwasher (and the dry cycle) should be done weekly.

Flat Buckle Collar and ID Tag

Your dog is in a new neighborhood. If he gets lost, an ID tag can improve the chances of your pet coming home to you. We also recommend implanting a microchip for lifelong identification. This can be done at any veterinary visit.


This is a necessity for walks around the neighborhood and leash training. We recommend a 6’ leather leash for basic training. 

Poop Bags

Be the neighbor that always cleans up pet messes during walks.

Dog Crate

It’s ideal for crate training and to give your dog a space to call his own.

Soap-free, Hypoallergenic Shampoo

Hylyt is our best recommendation. Allergroom is another soap-free hypoallergenic product.

Grooming tools/Nail Trimmer

We consider all breeds to be “groomable” with some breeds needing a frequent relationship with a dog groomer. Please consult with them or veterinary staff for a selection of products appropriate for your breed.

Enzymatic Cleaner for Accidents

We like brands such as “Anti-Icky poo” and Nature’s Miracle

Dog Treats

Keep plenty of dog treats on hand for rewarding good behavior and for bonding with your new dog. We recommend small bits of a soft treat (like “Pill Pockets”). They are tasty, can be divided into tiny bits, and are very digestible.

Dog Bed

A cozy dog bed should help your new dog feel comfortable in his new home.


Provide your new dog with mental and physical exercise with different types of dog toys. Be educated and choosey as to what materials are used in dog toys. Many large breed puppies can destroy soft toys quickly and are at risk of ingesting parts of toys, causing a veterinary emergency due to intestinal obstruction.

These are the basics for a dog of any age. As time goes on and you get to know your new family member better, you can customize the type of dog toys, beds, or leashes to meet their specific needs and preferences.

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