Updated on December 8, 2023
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that puppies are the cutest things on the planet. Awwww, who can resist their big eyes and wagging tails? But before you run out to adopt one, there are a few things you need to prepare for. Owning a puppy is a lot of work, but it's also incredibly rewarding. So if you're thinking about welcoming a furry friend into your home, be sure to read through this list of 10 essentials for puppies. You'll be glad you did!
Our Essentials For Puppies Checklist
Take a pen and paper, and take note of the items you need to buy before your puppy arrives.
1. Collar, Harness, And Leash
Choosing the perfect collar for your dog can be tricky, but luckily we've got you covered! The best thing to do is measure their current size and find one that will grow with him.
Be sure it's comfortable yet tight enough, so they don't get loose while walking around town or running errands - plus choose something durable like metal rather than leather because accidents sometimes happen.
And as far as leashes go...there are plenty out there: classic ones made of sturdy materials such as steel wire; extendable styles if longer distances between fences aren’t an issue; fashionable ones...
You may be interested in: DIY Dog Toy: How Can You Make Dog Toys At Home?
2. Identity Tag
We know choosing a name can be difficult. However, you should do it as soon as possible and make an identity tag for your dog's collar.
Did you know that in some countries, you can be fined if your dog goes for a walk without this identification?
3. Bowls For Food And Water
Don't forget to buy two bowls for your puppy's food and water. As you surely know, there are many models, including tall bowls for larger breeds.
4. Yummy Food
Consult with your trusted veterinarian about the kind of food you should buy for your puppy.
The choice should be based on his age, his nutritional needs, and his caloric expenditure (it is important that your dog walks enough and does sport!) as well as that the food complies with current regulations.
Of course, if you can opt for organic food, much better.
5. A Comfy Bed
Your puppy requires a comfortable bed. Remember that your little baby will grow up quickly, so make sure you buy a bed suitable for his breed.
On the other hand, it is critical that you look for hypoallergenic, machine washable (you will appreciate this!), and chewing-resistant options.
6. Car Harness
Safety in the car is also very important for your dog. Therefore, install a dog guard, secured with a car-seat harness or a fixed car cage so that your puppy is safe and at ease.
7. Grooming Equipment
Can you imagine an afternoon at the spa with your puppy? Well, it will be a reality!
Buy a brush suitable for your dog's coat and enjoy with him some good brushing sessions. Do it gently, and increase the duration as the puppy gets used to it.
Also, remember to cut your dog's nails to prevent it from hurting himself ... or hurting you while playing.
On the other hand, buy a toothbrush and paste suitable for dogs and show your puppy how good it feels to have clean teeth. Keep in mind that gum disease is quite common in dogs as they grow older.
Last, but not least, decide where you will bathe your puppy. If you do it in your bathtub or if you will buy a special one for the garden. You will also need a suitable shampoo for him. You can consult with your veterinarian about this and also ask how often you should bathe your dog.
8. Eco-friendly Poop Bags
Compostable, plastic-free bags for dog poop will come in handy when you're out for a walk with your pup.
Take a look at ours. Give a Shit! makes strong, large, leak-proof bags without the use of plastics.
Another good idea? Forget digging through your pockets to find your poop bags, a bag dispenser is ideal to always use them on the go.
Check out our post: Dog Poop Bags: Degradable, Biodegradable Or Compostable?
9. First Aid Kit
When you have a child at home, you are always prepared for accidents. You should do the same if you have a puppy at home. Ask your vet what the essentials are for your canine first aid kit.
Yeah ... we couldn't help including toys in our essentials for puppies. Dogs love to play, run, look for things, chew on things... Your puppy will surely be very happy if you give him some toys.
What do you think of our 10 essentials for puppies? Prepare your home for the arrival of the new member of your family 🐶.
What Essential Items Do I Need For A Puppy?
The essential items you need for a puppy are:
- Food and water.
- Collar and leash.
- Identity car.
- Car harness.
- First Aid kit.
What Should I Have Ready For My New Puppy?
You should have ready:
- A comfortable place for your puppy to sleep, such as a crate or bed.
- Plenty of food and water bowls.
- Toys to keep your puppy entertained, such as chew toys, balls, and Frisbees.
- A collar and leash for taking your puppy on walks.
- A tag with your contact information in case your puppy gets lost.
- Identification tags with your name and address on them in case your puppy wanders off.
Thanks to our friend @candythepomeranien for the beautiful picture of Candy with our bags!