Puppy Checklist

The essentials you need to bring your new puppy home..
Puppy Checklist

The essentials you need to bring your new puppy home.

Puppy checklist all the essentials you need to bring your new puppy home.

Getting a puppy can be the most exciting thing in the world but you need to be prepared for their arrival. There are a number of items you need to get started so we have created this puppy checklist.

Get Started, Ask for an Invite

In the early days, they need constant attention and you will have sleepless nights.

You will go through stages just like having a newborn baby. Needing to teach them many skills like toilet training and socialisation skills. They will go through teething where there will want to chew everything and anything. Then they go through biting which can feel like razor-sharp shark teeth rather than those cute little puppy teeth.

It's all part of welcoming a new puppy into your life and home.

Puppy Checklist

Bringing your new puppy home.
Car Safety

Bringing your puppy home safely.

Travelling in the car requires restraint whether with a

  • Dog crate
  • Puppy Carrier
  • Dog Seatbelts
  • Harnesses
  • Boot Guards

Puppies can be distracting whilst you drive so it is important they are secure.

Puppy Proofing

Just like a child, you can't take your eyes off puppies for a second or they tend to get into mischief. Like chewing furniture or having accidents by toileting somewhere you prefer them not to.

Keep you puppy safe from dangers but also protect your home.

Dog Crate

Dog crates are controversial and some people love them while others hate them. They offer dogs a sense of security, a safe place to rest and sleep for short periods of time.

There own space just for them

What are dog crates?

Dog Bed

Comfortable bed to relax on.

Appropriate size for your puppy. Making sure it is big enough to stretch out and snooze.

Look with dog beds that come with removable washable covers as they can start to smell and accidents do happen with house training.

Puppy Toys

Toys are an essential for puppies and their development.

Toys you can play together with

  • Chew Toys
  • Squeaky Toys
  • Teddy to cuddle up to

Take care and supervise puppy play sessions as most toys are not 100% puppy proof, and parts might break off and cause a choking hazard.

Puppy Foods & Treats

Puppy food there are many on the market and each pet will have different needs.

Treats should be tasty and healthy as they are growing and developing.

Dog Bowl

Two non-slip dog bowls, one for food and the other for water.

Make sure they are easy to cleanIf eat too fast consider puzzle bowl

Toilet Training

Toilet training will inevitably have accidents

  • Puppy training pads
  • Poo Bags

Disinfectant and cleaning products to clean up after any accidents.

Collar & Lead

After vaccinations it’s time to explore so get them use to a collar and lead.

Size is important it must not be too tight to be uncomfortable but also not to lose which will enable them to escape. A simple way to gauge the correct fit is you should be able to fit 2 fingers under the collar.

Another option is a harness.

All dogs in a public place must wear a collar by law.

Remember to get a personalised engraved dog tag with the dog's name, address and telephone number. They will help your puppy find its way home but also a legal requirement.

The Control of Dogs Order 1992

Tip: Puppies exercise should be limited to approximately five minutes per month of their age until they are fully grown dogs. Example Three-month-old puppy should get 15 minutes.

Local Vet

Know who and where your local vet is and register.

You will need vaccinations and to get your puppy chipped.

Your puppy must be fitted with a microchip by the time it’s 8 weeks old.

At this current time, many people have decided to take that step into getting a four-legged companion, especially during the pandemic. They have become affectionately known as “pandemic puppies.”

Whatever the reason enjoy your new friends and hopefully, the puppy checklist will help you be more prepared for their arrival.

We have a couple of other dog checklists that might be helpful for your new friend. Dehydration in Dogs Checklist and Keeping Dogs Cool Checklist.

A Dog is For Life

We feel we must be responsible and point out a dog is for life

Before committing,  research the correct breed for you, your family and your lifestyle. Every breed has different needs so consider how it will work within your lifestyle.

Consider rehoming a dog from a rescue shelter as so many dogs are looking for loving homes. 

Owning any pet is a lifelong commitment as the iconic slogan from animal charity promoted 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' launched National Canine Defence League back in 1978 now known as the Dog’s Trust and still run the same campaign.

Enjoy the many happy years you have ahead with your new best friend. 

If you can think of anything we have missed on our puppy checklist drop us a message and we will get it added to help others in the future.