Things to Have on Hand for Your New Pup!

Chew toys 

All dogs have a natural instinct to chew. Pups explore and discover through their mouths. You will also want these for when your pup is teething! This helps prevent destructive behavior by providing your dog with something they should chew on. 

Food puzzle toys (i.e. kong toys )

These help keep your pup’s mind and mouth busy. It can also help with teaching your pup how to accept isolation. 

Play toys

Puppies need lots of mental stimulation. These will also help keep their mouths off of you and your clothes!

Bitter spray or anti-chew spray (I recommend Grannicks Bitter Apple)

Until you teach them what is and isn’t a toy, everything is a toy. Not every pup is deterred by this, but most don’t like the taste. 

Toy box or basket

This allows for your pup to have a reliable place for the things they should chew on. It also makes it so your pup isn’t bored of toys because they seem “new” when he grabs it from the box. 

Wire crate with divider that expands as your pup grows

Dog’s, like wolves, are den animals. A crate is a great way to provide a safe place for your pup. A crate is also key to effective house training because most pups don’t like soiling the area where they sleep. Make sure your pup will have room to turn around and stand up, but not too big (which is why you want the divider!)

Odor neutralizer/cleaner (I recommend Nature’s Miracle)

Puppies make messes and have accidents. It happens. I promise you’ll want this before your pup comes home. 

Paper towels

Do I have to explain this?

Training treats (lots of different kinds as pups each have different taste buds)

Dogs repeat behaviors that are rewarded. This is key to good training. Get some tasty ones and your pup will LOVE training. 

Puppy food (NOT grain free)

Start your dog off with the food the breeder or shelter was feeding him. Then slowly switch him over to what you want to feed him. Do it gradually where you mix in a little more of the new food each day.  This allows your pup’s stomach time to adjust to the new food. 

Some brands I recommend:

Purina Pro Plan Focus 

ACANA (make sure it is the one WITH grains. They don’t make puppy food with grains, so don’t get the puppy version of this brand)

Food and water bowls (I prefer something a little larger that he can’t knock over)

Most vets recommend stainless steel or ceramic “(without a lead glaze) because they are the easiest to keep sanitary and clean. 

Collar (I recommend a Martingale Collar)

The collar should have a clip or buckle that is hard for the pup to undo. 

It should also fit snugly around the dog so he can’t slip out. 

Front clip harness (I recommend PetSafe Easy Walk Harness)

This harness is designed to make it difficult for your dog to pull while walking on a leash. 

ID tag

No lost puppies!

Leash (4-6ft NOT retractable) 

Most leashes are made of nylon, but I personally like the biothane leash as it is SO much easier to clean. Any leash is fine though as long as it isn’t retractable. The retractable leashes are dangerous for you and your pup. If the leash slips out of your hand, it will retract and definitely spook your pup (possibly to the point of running away from you) and possibly harm him. 

Long line (35-50 ft) 

This is for recall training so your dog can have the feeling of being off leash without actually having the risks of being off leash. 

Poop baggies

You gotta pick up the poo!


The type of brush you get will depend on the type of coat your pup has. 

Nail clippers

Phone number of nearby vets


Puppies don’t have the same fat on their bodies that adult dogs do. If you get your pup during the winter months, you will want a sweater or jacket to help keep her warm. 

Exercise pen/baby gates (optional)

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