So you adopted, or are about to adopt, an adorable wiggly little puppy. Congratulations!!! You're going to need some stuff.
Leash - Any 6 foot leash with a sturdy clasp. A reflective strip is a good safety feature.
Collar - A starter collar. Get one that is safe (won't break easily), but don't break the bank. You'll be trading up for a bigger size soon.
ID tag - The cheapest option will do. You'll probably upgrade this later .
Simple Beginner Bedding - An old blanket is best. Don't splurge on the expensive beds until you have completed house training.
Water Bowl - Anything will do. Stainless steel is easy to clean.
If you're not sure how to use any of the tools below, reach out to us. For an easy, detailed lesson on house training, check out our house training webinar!
Wee Pad holder (optional)
Gates and/or play pen.
Nature's Miracle Clean Up Spray
Biodegradable Poop Pick Up Bags
It is important to start grooming early, and to do so in a positive way so your puppy will learn to enjoy it. Take it slowly and feed lots of treats while you groom. You may also choose to take your puppy to the groomer for regular baths and brushouts, but you should still practice some of this yourself during puppyhood.
I love the Amber/Vanilla scented shampoo and conditioner by KibblePet. You can find that here. They donate to rescues, so it's a feel good buy.
This simple comb is better than any fancy brush.
Talk to your veterinarian about proper nutrition for your puppy! Your vet has the most expertise about the best way to feed your individual dog. We recommend feeding your puppy from Kong toys. For an awesome worksheet on Kong Feeding, download our Free Puppy Stuff by clicking here.
Kongs! Get a few. You'll use them.
The brand I feed MY dog.
My favorite treats. Love these!
I love buying toys for my dog!! Safety is the top priority! Just like toddlers, puppies have a tendency to swallow things. Buy sturdy, chewable toys. Don't leave plush toys with your puppy unsupervised. Here are a few reliable favorites.
Avoid buying anything that could cause unnecessary pain, stress, or discomfort. A young puppy is very impressionable, and it is downright dangerous to use painful training tools (prong collars, choke collars, e-collars) at this age.
Happy Shopping! :)