Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
Raising a Dog

The New Puppy Checklist – Everything You’ll Need

Rachel Poli Author
May 3 ·
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Congratulations on adopting a new puppy! Puppies require a lot of work, and they need a lot of supplies, especially when you first bring them home. Luckily, we’ve compiled the new puppy checklist for you, so you know everything you’ll need.

What’s The Average Cost Of Bringing Home A New Puppy?

If you want to bring home a new furry friend, the first thing you’ll want to do is figure out a budget. Depending on where you adopt the puppy, the cost of the puppy will vary greatly.

For example, if you go through a reputable breeder, you expect to spend anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for the puppy alone. This cost will also depend on the dog’s breed, pedigree, age, coat color, etc.

On the other hand, if you adopt a puppy through an animal shelter or a rescue organization, you can expect to pay between $100 and $500 for the pup. After that, you’ll only have to worry about the adoption fees.

The puppy aside, though, you’ll need to budget for everything you’ll need for the puppy.

Keep in mind that you’ll most likely spend anywhere between $1,000 and $4,500 on new puppy supplies before bringing your doggo home.

Everything You’ll Need For Your New Puppy

Before bringing home your new puppy, you’ll want to have some things ready. Also, you’ll want to make sure that your house is prepared for a new puppy.

For instance, puppies will chew, dig, and get into anything they can because they’re curious. So, here’s what you’ll need to get for your house before you bring home a new puppy:

  • Pet-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Puppy pads
  • Poop bags (or pooper scooper)
  • Baby gates

As you potty train, your puppy will have accidents in the house. The poop bags will allow you to clean up after them both in your home and yard.

The puppy pads can be placed throughout your house to show the pup where they can go in the house if they absolutely can’t make it outside.

The cleaning supplies are, of course, to clean up accidents in the house if they don’t use the puppy pads.

Finally, having baby gates is helpful if you need to block off certain rooms in the house. 

When you bring the puppy home for the first time, it’s best only to let them in one room at a time so they can get used to their surroundings. After that, you can use the baby gates to keep them in one room, so you know they’re safe.

Also, you can use baby gates to block certain items in a room. For example, if you have a lot of wires around your TV, use the baby gates to block off access to the TV. Then your puppy won’t be able to chew on the wires.

What You’ll Need After You Adopt A Puppy

You’ll be able to get these next few items before you adopt them. If you know the breed and size, you can get these items before adopting them. However, it’s sometimes best to adopt the puppy and then get these items before bringing them home. That way, you’ll know you have the correct sizes.

You’ll need the following items:

  • Collar
  • Leash and harness
  • Crate
  • Dog bed
  • Grooming supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, dog shampoo, brush, comb, wipes, nail clippers, etc.)
  • Water and food bowls
  • Toys (chew toys, balls, puzzle toys, etc.)

It’s a great idea to crate train your puppy so that you know they’ll be safe when you leave the house without them. Also, it’ll be a safe spot for them regardless.

A bed will be comfortable for them whether you have it in your bedroom or leave it in their crate or another part of the house. So your puppy will have a few comfortable areas in the home.

After Your Bring Your Puppy Home

Finally, there are still some things to buy when you bring your puppy home.

For example, you’ll need to find the following services as required:

  • Veterinarian
  • Pet insurance
  • Dog walker
  • Dog sitter
  • Doggy daycare
  • Dog trainer
  • Grooming

First, you’ll need to find a vet taking new patients. Then, you’ll need to bring your puppy there a few times during their first year to keep them up to date with their vaccinations. Also, you can get them microchipped and get an ID tag for their collar. 

Pet insurance is a good idea but not needed. However, if anything should happen to your pup, the pet insurance will help keep you covered.

Then, if you need the services, you can hire a dog walker to check in on your pup while you’re at work for the day. Alternatively, you can bring them to doggy daycare to get them socialized during the day.

A dog sitter is a great idea to have on hand when you have to go on a business trip or vacation where you can’t bring your dog with you.

Finally, grooming appointments a few times per year is a good idea. Of course, you can bathe your dog at home yourself, but taking them to a grooming salon once in a while is good for them.

For example, they can get a good, deep clean. Also, it’ll get them out of the house for a bit and socialize with other dogs and humans.

Have Fun With Your New Puppy

Follow this puppy checklist and you’ll be ready to bring your new pup home. Once you have all of these things, you and your puppy can finally settle at home together. 

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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