New Puppy Checklist

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New Puppy Checklist2017-01-27T13:13:22+00:00

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Congratulations on your new puppy or adopted dog!
He will need a few things for his new life in your household.

Collar and leash

Adjustable collars are best for growing puppies who change size rapidly. A 6-foot nylon or leather leash is the standard for obedience class. A retractable leash allows your pup room to explore, but still maintains some control.

Small dogs often prefer a harness, and a Wonder Walker body halter is a great option for all sizes and ages of dogs.

ID tags

Engraved metal or plastic tags with your pup’s contact information can be mailed directly to your home. Instant tags can be engraved in store, while you wait. Some are reflective for extra visibility at night, and some even have QR codes that lead to a website with your pet’s information.

Stain and odor remover

This is the item most often forgotten—until your puppy has an accident on the carpet. Our formulas eliminate odors and stains with enzymes and ensure your puppy won’t be drawn back to the same spot by odor.

Crate or kennel

For housebreaking, traveling or training, these pet homes give your dog a feeling of security and a quiet retreat when he needs a nap. Foldable wire crates are best for inside the house and divider panels let you make the space smaller to prevent your dog from soiling.

Molded plastic kennels are required for airplane travel and are safest for riding in the car. Soft crates or tent material and built-in poles are nifty and convenient. A washable fleece crate mat makes your pup’s new home cozy and warm.

Food and water bowls

Stainless steel or ceramic are best, with a stand or non-skid rubber base to avoid sliding or getting kicked over. Try to avoid plastic, which can off-gas toxins, harbor bacteria and give your dog acne from scraping her chin against the bottom of the bowl. Elevated bowls may help tall dogs digest their food better.

A variety of chews and toys

Puppies have an urgent desire to chew, and it’s important to keep them interested and busy. A good variety will save your shoes and your sanity. Bring out just a few chew toys at a time from the toy box to prevent boredom.

We like ball toys, rope toys, and rubber toys for hard chewers, as well as plush toys, squeak toys and smoked beef bones. Stock up on digestible chews such as bully sticks and trachea sections. Compressed rawhide is safe, but beware of ordinary thin, cheap rawhide chews. Chunks can break off and get caught internally, and formaldehyde and other chemicals are often used in bleaching and tanning.

Raw bones to chew

Raw bones are the best chew and the best nutrition for any puppy! Dogs that start raw bones when they are young have the cleanest teeth, the freshest breath and are the happiest! If your dog has never had raw bones, give one under supervision to make sure he doesn’t try to swallow it whole. A loose stool the first time is common. Your dog will soon adapt, especially if you regulate the frequency of the bones.

Digestive aid

Sooner or later, your puppy is bound to get diarrhea. Have  canned pumpkin or Firm Up! (dehydrated pumpkin) on hand to minimize effects.

Nail trimmer and styptic powder

Start trimming your dog’s nails weekly when they are young to get them used to it. Have styptic powder on hand to stop any bleeding if you nip the blood vessel that runs through nail—just dip the end of the nail into the bottle.

Brush and comb

Good grooming tools last a lifetime. There are many styles for different coat types.


Choose a gentle formula that won’t strip the coat’s natural oils.


Stop in any All The Best Pet Care location for suggestions and ideas to make your new home happier for both you and your dog.