When getting a new dog, buying supplies can be very overwhelming: between deciding what exactly to get, and which brands, there are just so many options. If this is your first dog, it can be especially daunting.
To make the process easier, I have listed the most important supplies to have before you bring your new dog home. These basics include:
- Leash (standard 6-foot) and collar (with a quick-release snap, not a buckle)
- ID tag with your information on it
- Crate (big enough for the dog to stand up and turn around, but not so big that they have accidents in it!)
- Comfortable dog bed
- Kong (at least one, but I recommend having 3 to 5)
- Toys (I recommend providing a variety. For instance: a ball, a rope toy, a squeaky toy, a puzzle, and a stuffed toy.)
- Chew toys, like bully sticks and no-hide chews
- Food (Usually it is best to get a small bag of what the dog is currently eating. Then you can use that to transition to a new food, if desired.)
- Food and water bowls (although I actually prefer to get food toys for feeding meals, rather than bowls.)
- Variety of treats
- Brush or comb, depending on the dog’s coat
- Nail clippers
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Dog shampoo
- Plastic poop bags
- Nature’s Miracle, for cleaning up any accidents that might happen
- Baby gate (optional) for restricting access to or from certain rooms
This is at least a good place to start. Then, after having your dog for a few weeks and getting to his or her preferences, you can continue to buy things like toys and treats. Additionally, you may find out that you need to purchase a harness if your dog pulls excessively on-leash.
Before long you will get to know your dog and be able to predict his or her every move. But until then, enjoy getting to know your new dog! It is such a fun and special time.