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Puppy Must-Haves: The Essential New Puppy Shopping List 2022
Getting a new puppy? Here's everything you need.
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You’re bringing home a new puppy – yay! But wait. What are all the puppy must-haves you need to prepare your home for their arrival? Knowing everything you need can be a daunting task. And that’s where our free-to-download New Puppy Shopping List comes in handy.
Here you’ll find our printable puppy checklist that covers all the essential things to get for a new puppy, so you can get organised without the hassle and stress. Simply download the checklist at the end of this post!
Plus, we’ve included a few tips and selected pet product recommendations per category, to help you out when it comes to knowing the best puppy products to buy for your sweet and furry bundle of love.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was updated in 2022 after we brought home a new puppy of our own! This post features the latest pet products & up-to-date information for new puppy parents.
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New Puppy Shopping List & Recommended Products Per Category
Basics: Puppy Essentials
COLLAR, HARNESS & LEAD
Let’s start with the most basic puppy must-haves – a collar, harness and lead! All essentials for your puppy to go on walks and being taken on outings to the vet.
As puppies have soft skin, it’s best to get a gentle fabric collar and harness that doesn’t rub. A perfectly fitted puppy collar and harness should fit snugly around your pup’s neck or body, with space enough to place two fingers in between your puppy’s coat and the collar or harness. As your puppy grows, ensure you consistently check both their collar and harness to ensure they remain the right fit.
For more tips on choosing and caring for a dog collar, visit our Dog Collar 101 Tutorial.
When choosing your puppy’s lead, opt for a short leash. This will ensure you maintain full control while training them to walk on the lead.
EDITOR’S PICK: Pupstyle Creme Brulee Harness featuring easy step-in design and comfy chest support.
PUPPY ID TAG
A new puppy shopping list would not be complete without an ID tag – an absolute must! Ditto for getting your new dog microchipped too.
Your pup’s ID tag should have your details and contact phone number clearly engraved to ensure you can be contacted if they stray from home.
You can see our favourite pet ID tags below, but do also check out Blanket ID Tags – these tags link to a database, allowing local vets and rescues to be notified if your dog goes missing.
Grooming: Brushes, Puppy Shampoo and Conditioner
BRUSH, DOG SHAMPOO & NAIL CLIPPERS
The earlier you can get your puppy used to being groomed the better!
Invest in a good quality, natural dog shampoo and conditioner designed for sensitive skin and puppy coats, and a soft bristle brush that is gentle on your new pup’s skin.
If you plan on filing or clipping your pup’s nails at home ensure you are trained by your vet or groomer on how to do it safely and introduce the experience to your puppy slowly with lots of treats.
EDITOR’S PICK: The Hound Lab Calming Wash Shampoo & Conditioner
Training: Puppy Crate, Treats & Puppy Pads
PUPPY TRAINING PADS
Puppy training pads are a god send for any new puppy owner – they will literally save your floors and carpet from accidents while your new puppy masters toilet training.
Puppy pads are recommended over newspaper as they are absorbent like nappies, and scented to encourage your dog to toilet near them.
Puppy pads can be used to help toilet train your pup as well. Start by placing the pads near your dog’s bed or where they are currently relieving themselves in the house.
As time goes on, slowly inch each new pad towards the door or designated toileting area. Your puppy will soon find themselves instinctually toileting in the correct spot.
EDITOR’S PICK: Dundies Washable Puppy Pads
TIP: These Puppy Potty Training Grass Mats are also a clever design that mimic the look and feel of grass, and are great for puppy toilet training.
Play: Toys & Enrichment Puzzles
Fun and functional, good quality puppy toys are a MUST for any new dog owner.
Reason #1? If you don’t give your new pup something to chew on or play with, they will undoubtedly find your most expensive pair of shoes to destroy!
We recommend purchasing sturdy rubber teething toys to keep those puppy teeth occupied. Without doubt, the Puppy Kong is a must have – it’s designed to be a chewing toy, can be filled with treats and used as a ball to teach your pup to fetch.
Plush toys with squeakers are also a fun way to play and bond with your new pup, so it’s ideal to have a couple of these on hand so your dog doesn’t get bored.
EDITOR’S PICK: Lambwolf Collective NOU // Squeaky Enrichment Play Object
TIP: Know what to look for when shopping for good quality dog toys by following these tips.
Sleep: Puppy Beds & Blankets
A comfy and snuggly puppy bed is an absolute must!
Whether you are crate training or have your pup’s bed in a designated spot, giving your new puppy a bed to call their own from day one helps them ease into their new surroundings while feeling safe and secure.
There are literally thousands of puppy beds to choose from. So our tip would be to go for a soft, plush bed that your new puppy can curl up in. Our recommended dog bed below is versatile, cosy and perfect for placing inside a puppy crate.
Always choose a bed that is machine washable – this makes life much easier for any new puppy parent!
Health: Puppy Supplements and Flea & Tick Meds
Your puppy’s health comes first and foremost, so it’s important to be informed and prepared.
Make sure you’re setting your puppy up for a happy and healthy life with flea and tick prevention, as well as all required puppy vaccinations. Consult your vet for the recommended course of care for your puppy.
Puppy supplements are also an excellent choice for supporting your puppy’s development and immune system, and promoting healthy gut bacteria.
EDITOR’S PICK: Houndztooth Puppy Probiotic
TIP: Be prepared for any pet-related emergencies or accidents at home with your own DIY Pet First Aid Kit.
Travel: Poop Bags & Dog Travel Carriers
We all know that one of the least-glamourous things about being a new pet parent is picking up after your dog.
However, you can make walks a breeze with a stylish pet pouch that can hold poop bags, your phone (in case of emergency) and treats whilst you and your puppy are on the go.
EDITOR’S PICK: Lil’ Archies Eco Dog Waste Bag Dispensers
DOG TRAVEL CARRIER
Speaking of things on the move, whether you want to take your puppy to visit a friend or your local dog-friendly cafe (after their full vaccinations of course!) or you just need a safe way to take them to the vet, a good dog travel carrier is essential.
Investing in a quality travel harness (make sure it fits to local regulations) and dog travel carrier means you are ready to hit the road with your new pup at a moment’s notice.
And don’t forget these…
In addition to the above essentials, it’s handy to stock up on:
+ Household cleaners and deodorisers for little accidents (for more tips see our article on 11 Cleaning Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know).
+ Prepare your home for your pup’s arrival by checking out our 10 Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home.
DOWNLOAD: NEW PUPPY SHOPPING LIST
Download and print your Pretty Fluffy New Puppy Shopping List below:
Enjoy your new puppy!
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