Checklist

What To Buy Before Bringing Your Dog Home

1. Dog Crate

Dogs enjoy having a “safe space” they can retreat to, and a crate provides an area that is secure, comfortable and their own. Be sure that you buy a crate that is appropriately sized for your dog, knowing that as he grows, you’ll likely have to invest in a larger one. Crates should be just big enough for the dog to stand up, turn around and lie back down. If you get too large of a crate, your puppy is more likely to have an accident in it.

2. Wire Playpen Or Baby Gates

Puppies are curious and they love to wander. Be sure you are keeping your puppy in a safe, puppy-proofed area by blocking off restricted rooms with baby gates or wire pens. A wire pen can serve two purposes, as it can be configured to different sizes and serve as a playpen when needed.

3. Dog Food And Bowls

When bringing home your first dog, it’s important to consult your veterinarian on the best type of food. Puppies require a certain type of food, and your vet should be able to recommend a high-quality food no matter the age of your dog. Be sure to also invest in a new food and water bowl for your dog. Try to stay away from plastic, as it collects bacteria quicker than stainless steel or glass.

4. Leash And Adjustable Collar

It’s best to introduce a collar and leash or harness to your dog as soon as you bring him home, so he starts gaining familiarity with the objects. You can allow your dog to wear the items around the house where he feels safe so he can become accustom before going on walks outside.

5. Chew Toys

It’s best to be prepared with at least five chew toys before your dog comes home, as they can be rotated out and should last for some time. Plus, it’s handy to have plenty around for when your dog starts chewing your shoe, and you need to offer him another option.

6. Bitter Dog Spray

Even after puppy-proofing your home, there are bound to still be items on the ground that your dog is tempted to chew such as furniture, rugs, baskets, etc. Bitter dog spray is harmless to dogs but also extremely unappealing, making them stay away from the household items where it is applied. It’s also harmless to humans and can’t be smelled by us!

7. Grooming Supplies

Items like gentle shampoo, a metal comb and a quality nail trimmer will start getting use as soon as you bring your dog home. It’s best to have these items in advance and start getting your dog used to them from an early age.

8. House Training Pads And An Enzyme Cleaner

If your new dog isn’t house trained, these two items are a must. Absorbent, washable house-training pads will make your clean up so much easier as you are training your dog. Even if your dog is house trained, it’s smart to have an enzyme cleaner on hand, as all dogs will have an accident at some point. Unlike regular cleaners, enzyme cleaner will eliminate odors that only your dog can smell, reducing any reminder the he’s gone in a particular spot before.