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Whether you’re eyeing that cute furball in the window or have already brought your new puppy home, it’s important to properly prepare for the new adjustment.   

We’ve put together an essential checklist to make the new experience as stress-free as possible for you and your new four-legged family member.

Pre-Puppy Shopping List

The following list of items should be purchased prior to bringing your new puppy home.puppy begging for treats

  • Two non-tip bowls for food and water
  • Super-premium puppy food
  • Variety of toys; puzzle toys, chew toys, interactive toys, plush toys
  • Adjustable collar
  • Comfortable dog leash
  • Dog treats 
  • Dog tags with their name and your contact information 
  • Dental care supplies
  • Dog bed
  • Dog crate 
  • Shampoo, brushes and other necessary grooming tools

Properly Prepare Your Home

There are several potential hazards for your little guy around your home. Puppies are extremely curious creatures and will investigate every nook and cranny. For this reason, it’s important to thoroughly “puppy-proof” your house. 

Here’s a list of things you can do to avoid any problems from happening. 


  • Move electrical cords so they’re out of reach from the little pup.
  • Make sure to clean up after yourself often. Avoid leaving shoes, bags, clothes, sharp objects, etc. lying around, as these look like the perfect chew toys.
  • Remove any hanging objects such as curtains, towels, or table cloths, as these, too, are quite tempting for your pup to chew.

Essential Services For Your New Pup

There are several essential services you’ll want to finalize prior to bringing your new puppy into your home. 

  • Veterinarian: Make sure you have a vet on hand rather than waiting for an emergency. After you find a veterinarian you trust, you can begin setting up necessary appointments.
  • Dog Trainer: Signing up your new pup to meet with a certified dog trainer can make training your dog a breeze. 
  • Consider Pet Insurance: For unforeseeable accidents and emergencies, pet insurance can help you provide the care your pup needs without added stress during that time.
  • Dog Sitter: You’ll want to find a dog sitter that you trust for impromptu weekend getaways or if you find yourself traveling a lot.  
  • Dog Groomer: If your pup is a particular breed that requires regular grooming, you’ll want to make sure you know the best place in town for when the time comes for their first trim. 

 With this essential new puppy checklist, you’ll be well on your way to providing your new puppy a great home and a fulfilling life. 

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