You’re ready to welcome a new member of the family, and you can’t figure out exactly what dog supplies you need? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a new dog checklist of the best dog supplies to help you and your newly adopted dog begin a happy and healthy journey together.
- Quality Food: Purchase a bag of food that your dog is currently eating and also a bag (or cans) of the brand you want to transition to long-term.
- Food and Water Bowls: Dishwasher-safe steel or anti-microbial food and water dishes are best; avoid using bowls with painted interiors.
- Pet Placemat: A non-stick mat helps food and water bowls stay in place and limits the mess on your floor.
- Baby Gate/Fence: This will help your dog safely explore their new home, without wandering into rooms/yards that are off-limits.
- Pet Bed: Offer your dog a comfortable place to lie down and relax, make sure all bedding is safe and washable.
- Crate or Carrier: Whether you use this for transporting your dog to the vet or housebreaking a new puppy ensure that your dog has enough room to stand up and move around comfortably.
- Collar with ID Tag & Leash: Your dog will need a comfortable collar, ID tag and at least two leases with secure clasps. If you can slip two fingers between the neck and collar, then it fits. You may want to talk to your vet about the benefits of microchipping your pup, as well; it’s beneficial if your dog is ever lost or stolen.
- First Aid Supplies: Create your own pet first aid kit or buy one at your local pet store.
- Lint rollers: If your dog sheds, these offer a quick fix for clothing, couches, and chairs.
- Training Pads/Poop Supplies: Training pads are helpful during housebreaking and poop bags are essential once your pup is trained to go outside.
- Training Toys & Treats: Whether your newest family member is 6 months old or 6 years old, you can still teach them new tricks and work on developing a stronger bond between the two of you. Make sure to pick up a couple of fun toys and different flavors of treats.
- Grooming Supplies: Every breed has different grooming needs, but every dog needs shampoo, along with a toothbrush and paste, comb and nail clippers.
- Pet Insurance: This costs less than a bag of food every month and can potentially save you thousands in the future.
- Containers: Keep your dog’s food, treats, leashes, grooming supplies and toys organized with baskets and buckets.
- Dog Care Manual: Take the time to really learn about your dog’s breed so that the two of you can navigate your new journey with ease and joy.
Good luck with your new dog or puppy! We’re sure this is just the beginning of a beautiful, new friendship.