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New Puppy Checklist – 10 Must have items for your new fur-kid

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Many of my customers are first time dog owners or are in the process of acquiring their second fur-child. Either way, this list will provide a helpful guide for some supplies you may not have thought of that you may need for your new pup. It is a good idea to have some of the basics ready when your dog arrives. Here are 10 supplies you'll need for your new dog:

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#1: Toys

Dog Toys are beneficial to dogs in many ways. As your pooch grows it will come to find its favourite toy however to ensure you have what they require for their situation, it is best to ensure that they have a variety to choose from.

For puppies, you will find chew toys and treat releasing toys are the best as they will provide a new puppy with a chewing outlet and help teach non-destructive chewing habits.

Another great toy for the fist time pup is that soft comfort toy. Soft plush toys are wonderful for young puppies because they provide them with a sense of comfort, especially after separation from their mother and littermates.

One last type of toy not to forget is that interactive toy. These toys are those that offer a game (fetch) and some squeak and bounce entertainment. Toys that allow you to play and interact with your pup allow you to bond with them and helps teach them some social skills. Add treats whilst interacting to reinforce positive behaviour.


#2: Dog Gates

 The best way to keep the new pup out of areas you do not want them to go is to block the areas off using a gate. Baby gates can be used but depending on the size of the puppy, we recommend gates especially designed for dogs. You can get them to be pressure mounted just like a baby gate. If you want them to last and be chew free from your pup, your best choice will be an aluminium framed one and not a wooden gate.  


#3: Bedding

 Your dog’s favourite place to sleep will be on a nice comfy bed however with a young puppy you will find they love to chew and rip things up and this will be including their bed. Until your pup grows out of this phase, we suggest some machine washable blankets to line their crate with. Again they won’t need to be expensive because there will be a high chance they will be destroyed but at least they will be easy to wash if there are any accidents.

When it comes time to buying a bed for your pup, the right kind of bed will be one that is large enough for them to stretch out and relax on. We also suggest one that can still have the cover removed for regular washing.


#4: Collar

Your pup needs at least one collar. This collar should be worn to hold their identification and license tags. Whilst your pup will be growing your best choice of collar would be one that adjusts. Check the collar's fit frequently, especially while your dog is growing, and readjust or replace it when it no longer fits. You should be able to insert two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck. Tighter than that is too tight for comfort and safety, and a collar that hangs looser than that can get caught on things and trap or strangle your dog.

Harnesses are a popular alternative as they stop any pulling and straining of the dog’s neck. Many harnesses on the market come with an additional tag ring on the front to allow you to add your pup’s tags.


#5: Crate            

Crates are the perfect addition for your pup to give them some security and privacy. You will find that by giving your pup a crate, you are giving them a space they can claim as their own. How big should your dog’s crate be? A crate should be big enough for the dog or puppy to stand and turn around in. The crate should never be bigger than this. If a crate is too big for the puppy, you will find they will tend to use the extra space as their potty.


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#6: Exercise Pen              

Pens are useful for times you need to keep your pup contained but not confined to a crate or if you want them confined to a space within eye distance. A child’s playpen is a great product to use, just ensure again that the holes are not too big, or you may get an escape artist. Don’t forget to add toys, bedding, and water (possibly some food) to make the space feel homely.


#7: Food and Water Bowls

Your dog will need 2 bowls: 1 for water and 1 for food. On the market these days you have 3 types of dog bowls: Ceramic, Steel and Plastic. Whilst ceramic dog bowls are cute, they are in fact breakable so it’s best to choose a sturdier bowl either plastic or steel. As plastic can also be damaged from chewing it only leaves you with the steel choice. If you prefer the plastic choice, why not go with a slow feeder. With a slow-feeder dog bowl this should keep them entertained with eating and possibly distract them from chewing their bowl.


#8: Grooming Supplies

Here are some basic tools you may need:

  • brush and comb
  • coat clippers and scissors
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • nail trimmer
  • doggy toothbrush and toothpaste


As each dog has different grooming requirements ie. Poodle will have different requirements to a Labrador. It’s best you consult a groomer or your breeder as they will be able to give you specific grooming tips to suit your dog.


#9: Leash

For overall control, 120cm (roughly 4 feet) is a good length for most dogs and puppies. It's perfect when teaching your new puppy (or dog) to stay by your side, and it's always recommended for any dog who needs a little more guidance. A 90 cm (roughly 3 feet) leash will offer the same control for a taller dog.

A retractable leash can be fun when you want to give your dog some extra freedom, but it does not work well for training. No matter which type of leash you choose, the snap that attaches it to your dog's collar should be strong, secure, and easy to use.

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#10: Dog Jumper or Pyjamas

 For those who live in a colder climate, it’s best you considering buying your pup a coat or rugging them up at night with pyjamas. A cold pup is not a happy or healthy pup.


Raising a puppy is a great responsibility and can be daunting. Get off to a good start by ensuring you have the right accessories to help your pup settle into their new home.

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