Bringing a New Puppy Home: Tips and Checklist


Bringing a puppy home is undoubtedly a very exciting experience for both the dog and the owner. However, if you are unprepared, you can easily get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that needs to be done beforehand. Read on to learn what essentials you need when bringing a puppy home!


A collar is one of the most important things you need for a new dog. The collar should hold an identification tag with your name and phone number, so people would be able to contact you, should the pup get lost.

When choosing a collar, make sure it fits the puppy properly – it should be tight enough so the dog can’t remove it on its own, but loose enough so it isn’t choking on it. If you aren’t sure which size your puppy needs, there are adjustable collars available.

The collar doesn’t need to be too fancy or expensive, as you will change them often as the dog gets older and bigger.


Leashes are also a must-have in any dog owner’s home. They attach to the collar and are used for walks and obedience training. Since puppies need to be trained from an early age to develop good habits, it’s important to keep them on a leash even when they are young.

Use shorter leashes in the beginning so you have more control over your dog, and switch to long after your pup has proven to be obedient.


Treat Dispenser Toys

If your pup is very active, quality treat dispenser toys are crucial. They keep the dog busy so it’s a win-win for both the pup and the owner. Even dog behaviorists recommend treat-dispensing toys, as they provide good mental stimulation.

Treat-dispensing toys are ideal for dogs who get destructive when left alone or get bored. They are not used solely for providing treats, but also to entertain your pup and divert bad behavior.
Be patient with your pup, as some sometimes struggle with treat-dispensing toys. Try different types to see which one your dog likes the most.

A Travel Crate

Travel crates are needed in any dog owner’s home. Despite the name, they are not only used for travel, but also as the puppy’s safe space. The dog’s scent will provide it with a sense of comfort during stressful times, such as a trip to the vet. Make sure to buy a crate large enough for your puppy’s adult size.

Stain Remover

Puppies can get messy, especially when they haven’t been trained yet. For accidental soilings, make sure you have a good stain remover at hand. Check the labels on your product of choice to see if it’s pet-safe or not, as some stain removers can be toxic to your furry friend.


Depending on your dog’s coat, you will probably need a brush and a comb to keep your pet’s fur nice and pretty. Ask a dog breeder, groomer, or a vet for the right brush recommendation. In a pinch, a slicker brush will work, as is the most versatile and is compatible with a lot of dog breeds.

Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Shampoo

Your pup’s hygiene is very important! Have a dog shampoo, a special toothbrush, and toothpaste waiting for your dog as it arrives in its new home. Best toothbrushes are double-headed and at a 45-degree angle, meaning they can clean below the gumline.

However, you might be wondering whether you can use “human” toothpaste for your dog. The answer is a hard “no”, as regular toothpaste contains fluoride which is extremely toxic to dogs. You need specific toothpaste for your pup, which you should easily find in any pet store.

Some dogs hate having their teeth brushed, so train your puppy early on to remain calm.


You can buy treats or you can make them yourself! They are essential in puppy training and keeping your dog healthy and happy. The possibilities are endless with treats, but not all of them are good for your dog, so make sure you use the healthiest variety you can find. Remember to store the treats somewhere the pup can’t reach them.

Chew Toys

Every dog needs a chew toy! This is especially true for puppies, as they are teething. Teething is highly uncomfortable, but a good chew toy will ease the feeling. Just make sure the toy is safe for the puppy since some dogs will swallow it.


Nail Clippers

Once your puppy’s nails start to grow, they can cause serious health problems, such as infections. It’s important to trim your dog’s nails regularly, and you need a good nail clipper for that.
Some dog owners don’t know how to properly clip a dog’s nails and end up hurting it. If you are not sure how to do it, then it’s better to be safe than sorry and let a professional groomer take care of it.

Water and Food Bowl

Last but not least, you need bowls your pup can eat and drink out of. The best bowls are stainless steel as they don’t break or absorb odor. Opt for the non-tip kind, as your pup can get frisky with the bowl and tip it over.