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First thing’s first – congratulations on your new puppy! With this new addition to your family comes equal parts joy and responsibility, plus a lot of unconditional love. Check out these essentials that all puppies need in their new home.

corgi puppy with raw dog food

1. Appropriate Food

Nutrition is always top of mind for us, so it will come as no surprise that this is the number one item to consider when bringing your new puppy home. Growing puppies require quality nutrition and adequate vitamins and minerals to help them grow properly and thrive. Be sure that you choose a food that is complete and balanced and either puppy-specific or listed for “All Life Stages”, which means it contains the nutrients your pup needs! Learn more about choosing a diet for your puppy and how long your puppy should eat puppy food.

poodle puppy with raw food

2. Food Bowl and Water Dish

As food is a must, so are bowls for serving the food and water. We always recommend cleaning bowls for food and for water with warm water and soap in between each feeding / filling – this is a good practice regardless of what food type you feed. Stainless steel bowls are most often recommended as the best choice as they are easy to clean, generally antibacterial by nature and durable. Ceramic bowls are also a popular option, but we do recommend checking to be sure that any ceramic bowls you are considering are lead-free.

border collie puppy shopping

3. Collar and Leash

As walks are a must for all dogs and puppies, a collar and leash are two essentials that all pet parents must get. As your puppy will grow, it can be more economical to buy a collar that is adjustable so that the collar can continue to fit your pup as it ages. When purchasing a leash for your puppy be sure to take into consideration leash training so that your dog can learn to work properly on a leash (and not pull you in all directions). For leash training we recommend starting with a standard flat leash (versus a stretch leash or retractable leash) that is 4-foot long, offering more control than longer leashes. You’ll want to get your puppy comfortable with wearing a collar at a young age, it’s best to put the collar on when your puppy is distracted (such as when playing with them) so they do not get concerned or scared of the collar. Similarly, when putting on the leash do things to associate the leash with playtime.

corgis in a stroller

4. A Crate

Crates are critical when it comes to potty-training and helping puppies safe in their new homes. Dogs are natural denning animals so a crate to a puppy is a peaceful place. Make sure you get a crate that is an appropriate size for your puppy as a crate too large won’t fully offer that denning effect and a crate to small will be uncomfortable or one your puppy will quickly outgrow depending on breed type.

pomeranian on the couch

5. Dog Bed

Having a comfy and welcoming place for your new puppy to sleep is important. As your puppy is growing, they will spend a lot of time sleeping; having a designated and comfortable space in which to do so will keep your puppy happy and healthy! Note that some puppies will prefer their crate so during nap time you may end placing the dog bed in the crate.

doodle with kibble

6. Grooming supplies

Grooming needs and the associated supplies will vary by the breed, but all dogs will need a brush, a toothbrush, dog toothpaste, dog shampoo and conditioner, nail clippers and ear cleaning solution to help keep them healthy and thriving. Brushing your dog improves the quality of their coat and is a natural bonding experience for them.

border collie puppy on pumpkins

7. Toys

While it will take same time to figure out just which toys your puppy prefers, a rope toy and some balls for fetch training are really great places to start. Toys keep puppies occupied and offer a great way to expend some of that endless puppy energy. Make sure the toys you buy are durable and safe for your dog to prevent choking and other hazards.

aussie puppy with treats

8. Treats

Puppyhood is the ideal time to train your dog. This is especially true when it comes to potty training! Treats can be a vital part of training as they provide positive encouragement for your dog in the form of a reward. We offer a variety of dog treats that can act as training treats, including our freeze-dried raw Carnivore Crunch and bite-sized Crav’n Bac’n Bites.

Give Your Puppy a Warm Welcome

This list is just the beginning! Your new best friend will need plenty of other supplies as well as lots of love and attention. To learn more about how to care for your puppy, check out other articles on our blog.

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