Health Topics

New Puppy Supply Checklist

(This article was originally published in the January/February 2009 Issue of Pets Magazine and is reproduced here with the permission of the publisher.)

So, your new puppy will be coming home with you in a matter of days. It's an exciting time, and it's easy to forget some of the essentials you'll need to make a happy pet a happy home. Here are some of the basic things you will need around the house.

Food and related items:

  • Dry, semi-moist and/ or canned puppy food
  • Small treats for training
  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl
  • Mat (to protect counter or floor)


  • Collar or harness
  • Identification tags
  • Leash

Grooming Supplies:

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Nail Clippers
  • Puppy Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Ear Cleaner


  • Chew Toys
  • Hard Rubber Ball
  • Stuffed Toy


  • Crate
  • X-pen (fold-up wire pen for barriers)
  • Dog Bed
  • Washable Blankets


  • Newspapers
  • Scented training supplies

Cleaning supplies:

  • White vinegar or commercial pet odour remover
  • Lint roller (for your clothing and furniture)


  • Carrying crate
  • Bitter spray or cream (to make household items unpalatable)
  • First aid items
  • Training information