The New Puppy Checklist: Everything You Need To Care For Your New Puppy

Are you lucky enough to be welcoming a new furry family member into your home? Getting a puppy is very exciting and preparing your home for your new puppy only makes it more real. You’ll need a whole bunch of puppy supplies before your puppy comes home, so here’s a handy puppy checklist to help you get prepared for the new arrival.

What do I need for a puppy?

New Puppy Checklist

  1. Collar and ID tag
  2. Leash & poo bags
  3. Food & treats
  4. Food & water bowls
  5. Bed and crate
  6. Toys
  7. Parasite prevention
  8. Urine & stain remover
  9. Brush, comb & nail clippers
  10. Car harness
  11. Pet insurance

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Collar & ID tag

Along with a microchip that your puppy would already have, a collar and ID tag are important to have so your puppy has a form of visible identification on them. Their ID tag should have their name and at least one phone number to contact if they are found by someone. You should also attach your council tag to their collar.

Introducing your puppy to wearing a collar is also important so they can get used to the weight and feel for when you eventually start to walk them on a leash.

Leash & poo bags

While your puppy is still a few weeks away from exploring the outdoors (this can be done after their third vaccination), you should be introducing them to being on a leash. Some puppies may find it strange or think it is a tug of war game, but they should get used to it with time, and a bunch of treats!

Don’t forget about your poo bags and holder so you can be prepared when you eventually start going on walks!

Food & treats

When your puppy is growing, they’ll need a completely balanced, high-quality puppy food that will give them all the nutrients they need to support their fast-growing bodies. Your breeder or foster carer may give you some puppy food so you can transition them from their old food to their new food without tummy upsets. Dry food and wet food are all you need to feed your puppy. Extras like puppy milk or Weetbix are not necessary.

You’ll need some extra yummy treats to start training your puppy. We love pieces of boiled chicken, dried chicken and beef or small bits of cheese (if your puppy isn’t lactose intolerant).

Food & water bowl

Most puppies love their food, so a weighted food and water bowl is a great investment as your puppy will be less likely to spill it or tip it over. Stainless steel bowls are best as they are easier to keep clean with a bowl sanitiser. Make sure you get food and water bowls that will suit their size for the first few years of their life. You don’t want to be replacing it every time they grow!

Bed & crate

Crate training is a great way to help puppies settle into their new home and gives them a safe space in an unfamiliar environment. It also helps to keep them contained at night when you’re trying to train them to sleep! Get a crate that is going to fit your dog as an adult and make sure it can fit their bed, a bowl of water and some toys. You should also give your puppy a bed or kennel outside so they have somewhere to rest when not indoors.


Puppies love to chew so make sure your puppy has access to lots of toys that they can play with. Use a mixture of soft toys and chew toys to rotate, so your puppy doesn’t get bored and starts chewing your shoes! Balls are great for teaching your puppy to fetch, while kong toys can be filled with treats to keep your puppy focused on getting the food (and giving you a break from playing).

Parasite prevention

Your puppy may have had their first dose of flea and worm prevention, so make sure you ask your breeder, foster carer or rescue group what they have given. Your vet will be able to set you up on a schedule so you get a reminder every month and you can choose between a chew or topical treatment, depending on what you and your puppy prefer.

We recommend buying the smaller packs of flea and worm prevention so your puppy does not outgrow the weight range before you treat them.

Urine & stain remover

You can’t have a new puppy without having a few accidents. A good puppy urine & stain remover is essential for toilet training your new puppy as dogs instinctively go to the toilet in the same place, especially when there is already a scent there. You can use puppy pads to train your puppy to only go to the toilet in certain areas and then slowly move the pad outside, but training them to go outdoors straight away is the easiest way to toilet train your puppy.

Brush, comb & nail clippers

Some dog breeds, like poodles and huskies, will need to be brushed regularly, while breeds like labradors and boxers won’t. Getting your puppy used to being brushed at a young age will help them as they grow up and start going to the groomers or getting clipped at home. You might also want to get some puppy shampoo & conditioner if your puppy has long hair.

We recommend asking your vet to show you how to clip your dog’s nails safely and which type of nail clippers will be best to use. Remember to always give your puppy lots of treats when you clip their nails as sometimes they find it uncomfortable.

Car harness

On the car ride home, you may have your puppy sitting on your lap, but it’s important to invest in a proper car harness, so your puppy is safe when they are sitting in the car. You can buy a car harness at a pet shop or vet, and bring your puppy along so they can get fitted properly.

Pet insurance

Owning a puppy is not cheap, so make sure you’re covered for any accidental illnesses or injuries with pet insurance. Do your research to find the best pet insurance policy for your puppy.

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