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22 Items to Add to Cart: What to Buy a New Puppy Owner

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Bringing home a new puppy can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for any pet owner. You want to make sure this furry friend has everything they need to feel comfortable and safe in their new home.

However, with so many products on the market, it can be challenging to determine what items are essential for a new pup. (See which products we endorse here, from toys to vitamins.)

what to buy a new puppy owner

Sometimes it’s not you who’s been blessed with a puppy, but one of your friends or family members. Maybe you want to get them a little something to ease the transition. But what do you buy?

Let’s cover what to purchase the new puppy owner in your inner circle to ensure they have everything they need to welcome their new pet.

1. Collar and Leash

One of the first things needed for a new puppy is a collar and leash. These items are essential for walking your dog and keeping them safe when they're outside.

When selecting a collar, make sure it fits comfortably around the puppy's neck and isn't too tight or too loose. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and the neck.

For the leash, choose a lightweight, durable material that's comfortable to hold. A standard leash length is six feet, which gives the pup enough room to explore without getting too far away from you. A retractable leash can also be a great option for pups who like to roam.

2. Food and Water Bowls

Food and water bowls are necessary items for any new puppy owner. Choose bowls that are the right size for the pup's breed and age. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are the best choices because they're durable and easy to clean.

Some would tell you to avoid plastic bowls as they can harbor bacteria and may cause allergic reactions in some dogs. Whatever your choice, make sure to keep a spare bowl in your car if you travel with your pup to keep them fed and hydrated.

3. Dog Food

High-quality dog food is great for a dog’s health and well-being. Look for a brand that contains real meat as the first ingredient and doesn't contain fillers or artificial preservatives.

Consider the puppy's breed, age, and activity level when selecting a food type. Some puppies may also have dietary restrictions, so consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to their diet.

4. Dog Treats

Treats are a great way to reward a pup for good behavior and provide them with extra nutrition. Choose treats that are made with wholesome ingredients and don't contain any harmful additives. You can also use treats to help with training and obedience. But more on that later.

5. Crate or Kennel

A crate or kennel is a safe and comfortable place for a dog to rest and sleep. It can also be used for potty training and traveling. Choose a crate that's big enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. You can also add a soft bed or blanket to make the crate more cozy.

6. Puppy Pads

Puppy pads are an excellent tool for potty training your new pup. Place the pads in a designated area where your pup can go to the bathroom. Praise them when they use the pads and gradually move them closer to the door to encourage outdoor potty breaks. Next thing you know they’ll be begging to go outside on their own.

7. Toys

Toys are important for keeping your puppy entertained and preventing destructive behavior. Choose toys that are the right size for the dog and made with safe, durable materials. Chew toys are especially important for teething puppies, as they help relieve discomfort and prevent them from chewing on furniture or shoes.

Interactive toys can provide mental stimulation and entertainment for your pup. They can also help prevent destructive behavior by providing an outlet for your dog's energy. Look for toys that are appropriate for your pal's size and activity level.

8. Grooming Supplies

Grooming supplies are necessary for maintaining a puppy’s hygiene and appearance. These supplies include a brush or comb, shampoo, and nail clippers. Choose products that are specifically designed for a dog's breed and coat type.

9. ID Tags

ID tags are an essential item for keeping your puppy in your possession. They should contain the dog's name, your name, and their owner’s contact information. This information can help reunite them if your doggie gets lost.

10. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit should contain items such as gauze, antiseptic, tweezers, and other items that can help you treat minor injuries. You should also keep your veterinarian's contact information handy in case of an emergency.

11. Training Treats

Training treats are small, low-calorie treats that are perfect for rewarding your pup during training sessions. They can be used to reinforce good behavior and encourage obedience.

12. Poop Bags

Poop bags allow you to clean up after your pup when they go to the bathroom. Make sure you always have a supply of poop bags on hand, especially when you're out on walks.

13. Stain and Odor Remover

Accidents happen, especially with a new puppy. Stain and odor remover can help clean up messes and eliminate unpleasant smells. Choose a product that's safe for use around pets and won't damage your flooring or furniture.

14. Dental Chews

Dental chews are an excellent way to promote a pup's oral health. They can help clean their teeth and freshen their breath. Choose a dental chew that's appropriate for the puppy's age and size.

15. Pet Insurance

Pet insurance can help protect your dog's health and well-being. It can cover unexpected veterinary expenses, such as accidents and illnesses. Look for a plan that fits your budget and provides the coverage you need.

Learn more about the costs of pet ownership here:

16. Car Seat Covers

Puppies on a car trip? A car seat cover can be a great investment. It can help protect your car's upholstery from dirt, hair and accidents. Look for a cover that's easy to install, remove and is machine-washable.

17. Puppy Shampoo

Puppy shampoo is specially formulated to be gentle on your pup's delicate skin and coat. It can help keep your doggie clean and smelling fresh. Look for a shampoo that's free from harsh chemicals and fragrances and won't irritate your dog's skin.

18. Nail Clippers

Regular nail trimming is important for a puppy’s health and comfort. Overgrown nails can cause pain and difficulty walking. Nail clippers designed for dogs can help safely trim a pup's nails without causing injury.

19. Pet Carrier

A pet carrier can be useful for transporting a puppy to the vet, groomer or other places. Look for a carrier that's sturdy, comfortable and appropriate for your pup's size and weight.

20. Puppy Playpen

A puppy playpen can provide a safe and secure space for a pup to play and relax. It can also help you limit the pup's access to certain areas of your home. Look for a playpen that's easy to set up and provides enough space given the size of your dog.

21. Puppy-Proofing Supplies

Puppy-proofing your home is important to keep your pup safe and prevent damage. Consider purchasing items such as baby gates, door stops, and electrical outlet covers to protect your pooch from potential hazards.

22. Comfortable Bed

A comfortable bed is critical for your pup's comfort and health. Look for a bed that's appropriate for your puppy's size and sleeping style. Consider factors such as cushioning, durability and washability.

Bringing home a new puppy can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it's important to have the right supplies to ensure a pup's health and well-being.

By purchasing these items, you are assisting your friends and family - not to mention their newest furry addition - with everything they need to be happy, healthy and comfortable. With the right supplies and care, they’ll be well on their way to a fun and fulfilling life.

Jenna and the JLDD Team

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