Yes! Finally, you’ve got plans to pick up your new puppy all worked out. Here is a list of all of the things that you need before bringing your pup home for the first time:

  1. Bedding

One tip that we recommend for a lot of people is to go cheap on the bedding at first. Your pup is going to be looking for anything to sink their teeth into and maybe even go to the bathroom on until they get settled in. It’s important to make sure to give them their own space to get comfortable unless you want them sharing your bed with you.

  1. Crate

A crate is helpful for house training. Everybody has their own way to train their pets so although a crate isn’t essential if you’re not planning on crate-training your dog, it can still be a good space for your pup to call their own. Almost like their own mini dog house.

  1. New Dishes

Stainless steel or porcelain bowls are the best for your new pet. Plastic bowls can trap bacteria and cause minor health issues that are easily avoidable. For your pups first few weeks, try to keep the feeding schedule as routine as possible. They may have been sticking to a different feeding schedule if any, before you picked them up so getting fed twice a day, or at specific times, could be unusual for them.

  1. Leash & Collar

Your new pup is going to grow fast – pick up a collar that can easily adjust as they grow through the first few months. This is a good time to do some research about types of collars and harnesses. If you are going to train your dog to walk with a harness, its good to get the habit started earlier rather than later.

  1. Toys!

If there’s anything we know about puppies, its that they like to play. A lot. Like, constantly. Consider your type of dog when picking up some toys. For larger dogs, pick up some toys that are meant for large dogs to avoid any choking hazards. Do yourself a favor and get variations of toys. Some of our favorite toys are ones that keep your pup occupied that they can play with alone.

Now that you’ve got the basics, here are a few other things you should have organized before you bring your new pet home:

Choose a Veterinarian

If you don’t already have a vet lined up – take a look online at reviews for local veterinarians. You’re going to be trusting these people with your pets life, it is important that you feel comfortable with their services. Also keep in mind location, if the vet you prefer is located out of town, keep a number for a local pet hospital on hand in case there are any emergencies.

Get Identification

Getting ID tags and your puppy microchipped will make sure you can find your pup if they get lost. You can get an engraved tag for your pets collar at most pet stores.

Puppy Classes

Whether you’re an inexperienced pet owner or not, puppy classes are a great way to socialize your pet and teach them the basics. Socialization from a young age is key to making sure your pet doesn’t grow up to be nervous or aggressive around other dogs. Also, puppy classes are a great way for your pup to exert some energy.