Basic Puppy Supplies Checklist
The supplies on this checklist will ensure that your pup has everything she /he needs to stay happy, healthy and content in her/his new home.
1. Puppy Food
It is best to use the same brand that the breeder was feeding the pup since her stomach can easily become upset if the food is switched too quickly. If you want to switch to a different brand of dog food, do so by gradually adding the new brand in as you decrease the puppy's current brand.
2. Food and Water Dishes
You will find all types of dog dishes on the market. However, tip-proof, stainless steel bowls offer the most durability and value.
3. Collar and I.D. Tag
The last thing you want is for your puppy to get loose with no identification. Purchase a collar that fits well (one that fits around the pup's neck with about 1 1/2 inches to spare) and an I.D. tag that has the puppy's name and your address and phone number.
4. Dog License
Although local laws may vary, most municipalities require puppies aged three months and older to have a license. Some pet supply stores sell licenses, but you may need to contact your local dog warden or county auditor to purchase one.
Most municipalities require dog owners to keep their pets on a leash. Choose a leash that is about six feet long for the best training results.
Crate training is one of the most effective ways to house train your new puppy. Using a crate will also protect your furniture, as well as your puppy, while you are away from the home.
7. Washable Dog Bed
Every puppy should have a cozy place to snuggle up. Look for a bed that is either fully washable or at least has a cover you can remove and wash.
8. Chew Toys and Treats
Puppies are natural chewers, and the only way to prevent them from destroying your slippers, shoes or furniture is to provide them with a couple of different chew toys or rawhides to satisfy their urges. Treats also offer a great way to reward positive behavior, but you must use them wisely in order for them to be effective.