February 16, 2024

What All Do I Need To Bring My New Puppy Home?

Introducing a new puppy into your home is an exciting and joyful experience. However, to ensure a smooth transition and a comfortable environment for your furry friend, it’s crucial to have all the necessary supplies ready before their arrival. From food and bedding to litter boxes and treats, here’s a comprehensive list of essentials you’ll need to welcome your new puppy into their forever home.

1. Crate or Bed:

Provide your puppy with a designated space where they can feel safe and secure. A crate or a cozy bed will serve as their retreat when they need rest or alone time. We recommend a three foot by three foot area with their bed, food and water bowls, and their litter box for the first few weeks. For more info on this method, click here for my blog post on this topic.

2. Food and Water Bowls:

Opt for durable, non-toxic bowls that are appropriately sized for your puppy’s breed. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are easy to clean and maintain. Using a small metal stand to keep the bowls in place is a huge help!

3. Puppy Food:

We use Royal Canin and Bil-Jac small puppy kibble for our fur-babies. It is totally fine to switch to another high-quality puppy food in the future, but we don’t want them to go through too many changes at once when they go to their new families, so it’s best to stick to what they are used to for the first few weeks.

4. Nutra-Cal or Honey:

Small dog breeds, especially puppies, can be prone to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Stress is identified as the primary trigger for hypoglycemic episodes, which can appear suddenly and without prior warning. It is important to have Nutra-Cal, honey, or some type of glucose syrup on hand to quickly treat this should it occur. Visit my blog post here for more info on hypoglycemia cause and prevention.

5. Toys:

Puppies are naturally curious and playful, so provide them with a variety of toys to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. Chew toys, plush toys, and puzzle toys are excellent options.

6. Puppy Pads or Litter Box:

For potty training purposes, have puppy pads or a litter box available in designated areas of your home. Consistency and positive reinforcement are key to successful housebreaking. Visit my blog post here for more information on litter box training.

7. Bedding and Blankets:

Create a cozy sleeping area for your puppy with soft bedding and blankets. Washable materials are preferable for easy maintenance.

8. Treats:

Treats are essential for positive reinforcement during training sessions and for bonding with your puppy. Choose healthy, bite-sized treats that are suitable for puppies.

9. Puppy Insurance:

Consider purchasing pet insurance to help cover veterinary costs in case of accidents, illnesses, or emergencies. It provides peace of mind and ensures your puppy receives the care they need without financial strain. We recommend using AKC pet insurance for your new family member.


Bringing a new puppy home is a rewarding experience, but it requires careful planning and preparation. By gathering all the necessary supplies beforehand, you can ensure a smooth transition and create a loving and nurturing environment for your newest family member. Remember, patience, consistency, and plenty of love and attention are the keys to building a strong bond with your puppy that will last a lifetime.

February 16, 2024

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