Things to Buy before Bringing Your Puppy Home

By Margaret H. Bonham

Part of Dogs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you plan to get a new puppy (or just did), be sure to have the following essential items either before, or shortly after, you bring your puppy into its new home.

  • Baby gates (for keeping puppy inbounds)

  • Brush and comb

  • Chew toys

  • Dishwasher-safe, nonchewable bowls (one for water, one for food)

  • Enzyme cleaner for pet stains

  • Flat or rolled collar, buckle or snap-together with an ID tag — not a slip collar

  • High-quality puppy food, as recommended by a breeder or veterinarian

  • Lightweight leash, six feet long

  • Nail trimmer and Kwik Stop powder

  • Pooper scooper

  • Properly sized shipping crate (for housetraining)

  • Puppy shampoo