There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new dog into your home, but before you bring a new furry friend into your home, you’ll need to stock up on some supplies! We’ve created this new dog owner checklist that will help you prepare! Taking the time to ensure that you and your home are prepared will make everyone a little less anxious about the big day! No matter if you are welcoming a new puppy or a senior dog, there are some things you will want to purchase ahead of time. Check out the 12 must-haves, then print out the checklist for when you’re ready to start shopping!
12 Must-Haves for Your New Dog Owner Checklist
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1. ID Tags. ID tags are important in the event that your dog gets lost. Make sure the tags have your contact information on them. It’s up to you if you want to get super fancy or just go with a basic tag. You can usually have these made in little vending-like machines in pet stores.
2. Crate. Some owners are against crates but crate training your dog is the easiest way to ensure proper potty training. Remember, the crate is your dog’s haven!
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3. Leash and collar. A leash and collar are crucial to ensure your dog gets exercise and becomes familiar with leash walking.
4. Water and food dishes. You don’t want Fido eating off of your dishes! Purchase plastic or aluminum bowls for eating and drinking.
5. Quality dog food. Pick a dog food that suits your dogs age and activity level. Puppies should be fed puppy food and senior dogs should be given food meant for that age group.
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6. Healthy treats. Find natural treats that you can reward your dog with. If you’re feeling up to it, make your own dog treats at home.
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7. Baby gates. If you plan to keep your dog out of certain areas of your home, baby gates are the best thing to use.
8. Brush. All dogs should be brushed, even those that do not shed often. Brush your dog early to get him/her used to the process. Make sure you get a dog brush that is best for your dog’s type of fur.
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9. Safe toys. Purchase dog toys that are appropriate to your dog’s age. Ensure the toys are safe and not made in countries known to use harmful ingredients.
10. Dog bed. To ensure your pup is comfortable, be sure to purchase a dog bed. The bed can also be used to train the dog to stay in his/her own bed instead of sleeping in yours!
11. Poop bags. Not the most luxurious item but trust us, you’ll need them.
12. Patience! While you can’t exactly buy this, be prepared for a transition period with your new dog. It will take a few weeks for things to be normal.
- 1. ID Tags
- 2. Crate
- 3. Leash and collar
- 4. Water and food dishes
- 5. Quality dog food
- 6. Healthy treats.
- 7. Baby gates.
- 8. Brush.
- 9. Safe toys.
- 10. Dog bed.
- 11. Poop bags.
- 12. Patience!