Your Ultimate Checklist and Tips to Prepare for a New Puppy

Will you be getting a new puppy this holiday season? If you are, we want you to be prepared for your new family member when they arrive! Expert veterinarian, Dr. Kristen Andrews, has put together a checklist of some of the items you’ll need for your new puppy to feel right at home.

Here are some essential things you will need to prepare for your new puppy during the holidays.

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New Puppy Tips and Checklist to Prepare Your Home

Food and Water Bowls for Dogs
We suggest ceramic or metal that are sturdy and don’t tip over easy, are sized appropriately for your new pup, and can be easily cleaned.

Dog Collar, leash, and ID Tag
Be sure to keep a collar with an ID tag on your new pup at all times.

Floor Cushion or Dog Bed
Choose something that can be easily washed, as your puppy is likely to have some accidents in their bed.

Puppy Food
Consult your veterinarian for a dietary recommendation for your new puppy. You can also ask your trusted friends and other animal owners for recommendations based on your dog’s breed and size.

Training Treats for Dogs
Have some soft, chewable treats that can be used to reward your puppy during training. Some jerky treats and other healthy dog treats are also good to keep handy for hungry pups.

Toys for Puppies
Provide lots of puppy safe toys to help keep your puppy’s need to chew satisfied and to help keep them from chewing on things they shouldn’t.

Small Dog Crate
A crate can be useful not only as a potty training tool, but can also provide a place of security for your new pup. These are also useful for transporting your puppy in the car safety if you happen to be traveling with pets.

Grooming Supplies for Dogs
Have puppy shampoo, combs, or brushes appropriate for your puppy’s coat and tools to keep nails trimmed. Start grooming early so your puppy becomes accustomed to it.

Baby Gate or Puppy Pen
There may be places you want to keep your puppy from entering or keep them confined to a specific area. A baby gate or puppy pen can help you to do this.

Odor Eliminator and Neutralizer
Your puppy will have potty accidents, especially in the first few weeks, so you want to be prepared to clean these appropriately. This will not only help prevent stains and odor in your home, but also help keep your puppy from having repeat accidents in the same area.

Whether your new puppy is a surprise gift or long-awaited new addition to the family, these will get your home prepared and ready for your new bundle of joy. Need some ideas on gifts for your new four-legged family member? Take a look at some must-have gifts for dogs this Christmas.