Doggie Starter Kit

Getting a new dog is an amazing experience, but getting  supplies for your new dog can be overwhelming. Check out our check list of everything you will need when you bring a new dog into your home.

Munchies: 

1. Dog food– (this is a given) but try to get something that is pretty high quality and supports the type of dog you are getting. Nulo has a great line of food for dogs with different types of lifestyles that is made with all natural love for your pup!

2. Treats– If you don’t want to buy them, try making them with these recipes!

3. KONG a great deterrent from your couch. Get a KONG and some peanut butter for your pup to ensure couch safety!

Essentials: 

1. Registered Microchip – Always, always, always get your dog microchipped and make sure to register and re-register the pup if it’s been longer than a year! So many dogs are lost each year and many have microchips, but are not registered. Increase the odds of the safe return of your pup and learn more about microchipping here.

2. Doggie Bed – This is a big decision and definitely depends on the size of your dog, how destructive they may be and what they prefer, but we love this American Kennel Club dog bed for great durability and a great price!

3. Food Bowls – Avoid plastic food and water bowls at all costs. They tend to harbor tons of bacteria and thats the last thing you want for your new pup!

4. Collapsable Bowl– Great for when you are out and about! Check out this one from REI!

5. Bath Mat– to deter mud when you walk in your house from playing!

6. Dog Crate ( Kennel )- Crates, are needed for some dogs and not for others. Be sure to investigate whether a crate is right for your dog. More times than often, a crate provides a sense of safety and the feeling of security. Learn more on whether crate training is right for you from the Humane Society.

6. Leash – Any leash will do as long as it’s sturdy and won’t splinter your hands if your pup decides to make a run for it! We prefer nylon for it’s durability and elasticity, but we also love this eco-friendly leash with a fleece lined handle from our  friends at Planet Dog!

7. Collar – There are so many collars to choose from! Find out how to pick the right one for your pup from Ceasar Millan here.

8. Dog tags– Make sure to include ALL your contact information on them in case your pup decides to take a joy run.

9. Coat or Sweater– If you live in the area where the Polar Vortex hit, you need to invest in a doggie coat or sweater…an probably a whole eskimo suite for that poor pup.

Cleanliness: 

1. Shampoo and Conditioner– Eventually you will have to wash the dog stench off your dog. Check out the Burts Bee’s dog shampoo line, which is strong enough to get that stench out but gentle enough for your dogs skin.

2. Ear Wash– If you adopt a dog with cute floppy ears this is a MUST. Your dogs ears are bound to pick up dirt and bacteria, check out these at home DIY ear cleaners.

3. FURminator– If you don’t want to have to be vacuuming dog hair for eternity, invest in a FURminator. They work to get that loose hair (which is waiting around to cling to everything black you own) off your dog allowing them to feel like a brand new girl.

4. Toothpaste– Yes you will need to brush your dog’s teeth to protect from dangerous bacteria and infection growing in their mouth. Check out this Doctors Foster and Smith Tooth Paste, it is very gentle on gums but tough enough to fight any infection!

5. Flea and Tick– You do not want to have to deal with fleas and ticks. Especially since fleas can carry Lyme disease which is bad news bears. Check out Frontline which you can get from your vet.

Toys:

1. Rope– Make a DIY rope out of your old t-shirts! (How to here) This is a cheap fun toy, and will allow them to get to know your scent.

2. Nylabone– Every dog needs a bone! Check out Nylabone, a great chew toy that is also good for their teeth!

3. Personalized Toy – Check out Pridebites! Not only do they have super durable toys, but you can customize them!

4. Something to chase– Whether it is a frisbee or tennis ball, make sure you get something your dog can run after at the park!

Healthy: 

1. Heart worm preventative– Make sure to check with your vet and get heart worm preventative for your pet!

2. Vet Records– Make sure that if you don’t receive a copy of their vet records, that you take them to the vet and get your new friends up to date with your vet. If you live in an apartment they will require that you provide their records when you bring your pup home.

3. Rabies Certificate– Keep this in a safe place and make sure to keep your rabies tag on your pup’s collar! If your dog does not have their certificate make sure to visit your vet to update their shots and receive the Rabies Certificate.

4. Find a Vet– You are going to have to visit a vet at least once a year. Make sure you find a reputable vet who can help you keep your dog healthy and happy!

3 Comments

  • Becky Snyder says:

    My dog is 14, and I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks. What a blessing to watch her learn, grow, and love. My (still!!) necessities: her vet – same one since she was a baby), which encompasses the entire ‘Healthy’ section below; Toys – she still loves them and chases them- stuffed animals that squeak or make noise when bitten are her favorites, her mouth is too small for a tennis ball; Food – I’ve adjusted it (always mixed in with her favorite Beneful) to go with her age and the new nutritional requirements of her age; Supplements: Hunny needs extra L-Glucosomine and Chindriitin, and they sell a great generic at PetSmart that are little chews, turkey flavor. One a day and she eats them up. Treats: she loves them, lol. But now I only give her ones she can chew hard on to help keep her teeth clean (Texas Taffy is her favorite); Blanket: I have tile floors downstairs, and although I have fresh, clean blankets on all my couches, sometimes she can’t make the jump. So I bought her an enormous pillow (the outside zips off for washing) and her favorite blanket is on top – and I wags all her blankets, couch ones too, in Tide with Downey, I add the lavender Downey beads, lavender Downey in the Downey ball, and lavender dryer sheets in the dryer. She will walk over the second I out them down, sniff them profusely, and cuddle right up on them. One last trick they love: we live in Arizona, and the summers are brutal. I keep the AC and fans on all the time, and I keep a gallon of water in the fridge to fill their water bowl with – they both love the refreshing cool of the cold water. My dog is 14, and I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks. What a blessing to watch her learn, grow, and love. My (still!!) necessities: her vet – same one since she was a baby), which encompasses the entire ‘Healthy’ section below; Toys – she still loves them and chases them- stuffed animals that squeak or make noise when bitten are her favorites, her mouth is too small for a tennis ball; Food – I’ve adjusted it (always mixed in with her favorite Beneful) to go with her age and the new nutritional requirements of her age; Treats: she loves them, lol. But now I only give her ones she can chew hard on to help keep her teeth clean (Texas Taffy is her favorite); Blanket: I have tile floors downstairs, and although I have fresh, clean blankets on all my couches, sometimes she can’t make the jump. So I bought her an enormous pillow (the outside zips off for washing) and her favorite blanket is on top – and I wags all her blankets, couch ones too, in Tide with Downey, I add the lavender Downey beads, lavender Downey in the Downey ball, and lavender dryer sheets in the dryer. She will walk over the second I out them down, sniff them profusely, and cuddle right up on them. One last trick they love: we live in Arizona, and the summers are brutal. I keep the AC and fans on all the time, and I keep a gallon of water in the fridge to fill their water bowl with – they both love the refreshing cool of the cold water. They are both microchipped, and wear collars with their (my) info on them. Last, my cat has an undercoat and my dog does not. The FURminator is mine and my cat’s best friend. It helps with shedding, keeps her cooler in the summer, and she loves LOVES the way it feels when I brush her. Love to all pet owners, old and new! I’d love to hear any and all of your tips!!

    • PetParent says:

      Becky- these are all excellent tips- we love how much your pup seems to enjoy the calming scent of lavender! The tip about the gallon of water in the fridge so it’s always cool= brilliant!!

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