Will your family be bringing home a new puppy soon? There are several items you’ll need to help get your furry new family member settled at his or her new home and we’ve created a new puppy checklist to help.

New Puppy Checklist | SAGE: Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care

While we call this our new puppy checklist, these items are needed for any new dog joining your family, regardless of age.


Collar/Harness & Leash
Your new pet is going to want to walk and explore. To do so safely, they’ll need a harness or collar and a leash. Collars will need to be replaced as your puppy grows.

ID Tags
Proper identification helps reunite lost pets with their owners. Get your pet’s tag engraved with your pet’s name and your contact information. Most pet supply stores can have these completed for you in just a few minutes.

An appropriately-sized crate can offer pets comfort and security by allowing them a cozy little space of their own. A crate should not be so small that your dog is unable to sit or stretch. Add some bedding like an old blanket or towels to make a soft surface for your puppy to sleep on.

Food & Treats
Puppies have unique and changing nutritional needs for their growing bodies. Talk to your veterinarian, breeder, or shelter about recommended food for your new dog. You’ll also want to have treats on hand, which will prove helpful as you train your puppy.

Your pet will need to eat several times a day and have access to fresh, clean water. Stainless steel bowls collect less bacteria than plastic ones.

Grooming & Hygiene Products
Recommended products might vary based on the breed of your dog and whether he or she will need professional grooming. You’ll want to have a toothbrush, nail clippers, a brush/comb, and shampoo for your new pet.

You’ll want to make sure your new pet has something to play with to help keep their mind and body active. For puppies, who love to chew on anything they can get their mouth around, you’ll want to make sure you have a chew toy on hand. Over time, you’ll learn what types of toys your pet likes best.

Outside of obtaining necessary supplies, there are other things a family with a new puppy should do to set their pet up for success.

New Puppy Checklist | SAGE: Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care

There are several things you’ll need to do to get your home ready for a new puppy.

Find a Primary Care Veterinarian and Get a Check-Up
You’ll want to get your pet off on the right foot with a wellness exam. There, the doctor will make sure your pet is free from illnesses or health problems. You’ll likely discuss flea-and-tick preventative medications and vaccinations. You may also discuss having your pet implanted with a microchip, a non-invasive procedure that can help your pet be returned to you if found missing.

A good pet owner is also prepared for the unexpected, so you’ll want to have the number of  24-hour emergency veterinarian, such as SAGE, easily available.

Sign Up for Training or Obedience Classes
Good manners and socialization skills are important for your pet in interactions with people and with other animals. Getting this training done while they’re young can be very beneficial.

Consider Pet Insurance
Medical expenses can be costly and untimely. Getting coverage for your pet at a young age means that you won’t have to worry about pre-existing conditions.