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New Puppy Essentials Checklist

New Puppy Essentials Checklist

Everything you need to create the perfect environment for your new puppy.

Congratulations on your adorable new puppy! As you prepare to bring your bundle of joy home, make sure you're equipped with all the essential puppy supplies. Our comprehensive puppy checklist has everything you need to create a comfortable and nurturing environment for your furry companion, from the initial days of arrival to everyday care.

Create a Safe and Welcoming Environment

  • Lounge room: Secure cords and electrical cables to prevent chewing hazards. Designate a cosy spot with a mat, bed or crate for your pup’s comfort and relaxation.
  • Kitchen: Safely secure all cupboards and drawers to prevent access to potentially harmful items.
  • Bathroom/laundry: Keep chemicals out of reach and securely capped to avoid accidental ingestion.
  • Backyard: Check for gaps in fences and secure any potential escape routes. Remove chewable items from the ground or puppy’s reach such as hoses. Ensure the backyard is free from toxic plants that could post a threat to your puppy’s health. Read our guide on the 10 toxic plants your pooch should avoid here.

Preparing for Arrival

  • Collar and ID tag: Introduce your puppy to a soft and adjustable collar with an ID tag displaying their name and your contact details. This is essential for safety and identification.
  • Lead and harness: Equip your puppy for safe and enjoyable outdoor activities with a well-fitting lead and harness. Choose a harness that provides support and prevents pulling.
  • Waste bags and dispenser: Opt for compostable waste bags. Not only are they planet friendly, but people friendly too!
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and grooming tools: Keep your puppy's coat clean and healthy with gentle, puppy-friendly grooming products. Regular brushing and grooming help create a strong bond between you and your pup.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste: Promote good dental hygiene from the start with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Regular brushing helps prevent dental issues down the line.
  • Flea, tick, and worming treatment: Prioritise your pup's well-being by protecting them from parasites. Consult your veterinarian for the best treatment options suitable for your puppy's age, weight and breed.

Coming Home

  • Car harness: Ensure safe travel with a suitable car harness that fits your puppy snugly. A secure harness prevents movement during car rides and keeps your pup protected.
  • Kennel or crate: Create a safe and comfortable haven for your puppy with a high-quality kennel or crate. It's a valuable tool for potty training and provides a calm retreat.
  • Cosy bed: Choose a comfortable bed tailored to your puppy's size and needs. Opt for a bed with soft padding and sides that offer a sense of security, perfect for those long puppy naps.
  • Comfort toys: Ease your puppy's transition with a cuddly plush toy that can become their trusted companion. The familiar scent provides comfort, reducing anxiety.

Crate Training

  • Training crate: Create a secure den for your puppy's training and comfort. Choose a crate that is spacious enough for your pup to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably.
  • Crate mat and cover: Make the crate cosy and inviting with a soft mat and a breathable cover that provides a sense of security.
  • Snuggle toy: Introduce a cuddly toy to help your puppy feel at ease in the crate. A snuggle toy can provide comfort during crate training and bedtime.


  • Two bowls: Keep your puppy hydrated and well-fed with dedicated water and food bowls. Choose non-slip bowls suitable for your puppy's size, ensuring easy access to nourishment.
  • Puppy food: Opt for nutritionally balanced food that supports your growing pup's health. Gradually introduce the food to avoid stomach upsets during the transition.
  • Training treats: Reward good behaviour with healthy puppy training treats. Treats are an essential tool for teaching commands and reinforcing positive habits.

Toilet Training

  • Odour or stain neutralizer: Be prepared for accidents with effective cleaning products that eliminate odours and stains. This is especially important during the early stages of toilet training.
  • Puppy pads: Assist indoor training with puppy pads. Place them in a consistent spot to encourage proper bathroom habits.


  • Chew toys: Satisfy your puppy's natural urge to chew with safe and soft chew toys. Teething puppies will appreciate textured toys that soothe their gums.
  • Treat dispensing toys: These engaging toys are designed to challenge your pup’s mind whilst keeping their little paws busy. Ideal for independent play, stuff with snacks or kibble for added fun and extended playtime.
  • Puzzle Toys: The brain-teasing toys are designed to stimulate your pup’s cognitive abilities while providing endless entertainment.

Enrol your puppy in Puppy School to learn essential training techniques and socialise with other puppies. With our puppy checklist, you'll be well-prepared to embark on a wonderful journey of companionship and growth with your new furry family member.