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Complete New Puppy Checklist
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Step 1: Save a copy of this checklist to use
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🔑Puppy sleeping areaAdditional resources
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Dog Crate: Make sure you choose the right size crate for your puppy. Even an oversized one should be avoided as too much empty space won’t make your pup feel safe.
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Dog bed: There is a huge range of dog beds available in all shapes and styles, but beds that have a removable and waterproof base are particularly ideal for puppies.

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Puppy pen/fence:A dog gate or a baby gate is another item that can come in handy for your puppy. It allows you to block off stairs or an area that you don’t want your pet accessing.
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Comfort blanket/toy: Ask for a blanket or toy from your breeder that has the scent of their mother to help bring them comfort in the first week of being a new environment.
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Crate covering (Blanket): Use a blanket to cover the top and back of the crate to provide a den like safety and warm to your pups sleeping space
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Water bowl (Non tip): Puppies are known for being clumsy, particularly during mealtimes. While you can use normal dog bowls for your pooch’s food and water, non-slip ones are much harder to knock over.
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Crate padding: Line to bottom of the crate with a dog mat or blanket to provide warmth and comfort
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Puppy Pads: Accidents are likely to happen in the first 6-8 weeks of your puppy's arrival, be prepared them.
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🔑Puppy accessoriesAdditional resources
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Puppy collar: All dogs need to wear a collar with identification details by law. Adult sized collars will probably be too big for your puppy, so you’ll likely need one designed specifically for puppies.
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Puppy Harness: There are specially designed puppy harnesses that will fit your tiny companion, though you will need to upgrade to a larger harness as they grow.
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Puppy lead: A short lead to keep your pup safe and under control walking in the first few months
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Name and ID Tags: It’s against the law for dogs to go out in public without a collar and ID tag, so you’ll need to make sure your puppy wears one during a walk. The ID tag should display your name and address on it.
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Poo bags: Poo bags are a dog owner staple, don't be afraid to bulk buy, you will use them.
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Poo bag holder: Often missed by new dog owners, get a poo bag holder to attach to the lead. Avoid the dreaded situation of being outside in public with no poo bags.
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🔑Food + DrinkAdditional resources
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Puppy food: Ask your breeder for brand they use, otherwise look puppy kibble brands.
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Designated food area: Dogs respond well to routine so pick your spot for dinner time, somewhere easy to clean is preferable.
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Puppy friendly treats: Rewards during training or good behavior. Some dog treats are inappropriate for puppies as they are too large for them to eat or they contain ingredients that could upset their stomach. Check the age requirements on the packaging before purchase.
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Food bowl: Find a sturdy dog bowl with under grip, puppies are constantly growing this means they're usually hungry and clumsy!
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Water bowl: Its handy to have more than 1 one water bowl so you can have one perminately in your puppy's sleeping area
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🔑GroomingAdditional resources
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Drying towels: Dogs get wet being outside and after a bath, use towels to avoid your dog getting cold and spreading water/dirt around your house.
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Dog friendly shampoo: Shampoo targeted for dogs should be used to wash your puppy as it’s much gentler and won’t dry out their coat.
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Nail clippers: Although you shouldn't need them from the get go, getting your puppy use to being around clippers can help reduce anexity.
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Dog brush: Brush type depends on your dog's coat so do your research before purchase.
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Dog Toothpaste and Toothbrush: Generally its advised that you don't need to clean puppies teeth, but you can get them familiar with the exercise for when they get their adult teeth.
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🔑HealthAdditional resources
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Sign up to your local Vet: For your puppy’s vaccinations and in the chance they become unwell, you should register with a vet that is reliable and trustworthy. The veterinary practice should be close to you so you don’t need to travel very far to reach it, particularly in emergency cases.
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Heartworm medicine: Always consult your Vet before using any medicine for you puppy. Your puppy will need to receive preventative heartworm medication regularly. They should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 16 weeks old and then after that, every 3 months.
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Flea and Tick medicine: Puppies over the age of 8 weeks can use many commercial flea and tick treatments, but always double-check that the preventives you want to use are suitable for young dogs.
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🔑Your homeAdditional resources
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Check for Plants and Potential Poisonous Items: Alongside puppy-proofing your home for dangerous items, you’ll also need to keep an eye out for poisonous items. Plants especially can be a serious risk to your puppies if they are ingested.
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Puppy proofing: Check anything that can be chewed is kept out of range of your puppy. If items like wires can't be moved then look for protective guards.
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Removing items for potty training: If your concious about stains, think about removing or keeping rugs and sofas out of bounds for puppies whilst theyre going through potty training to avoid accients.
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Choose your a designated potty training area: Choose an area of your house/ garden where you can create a potty training routine
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Stain and odour removal products: Pet friendly stain and odour removal products contain ingredients that break down the enzymes found in urine, faeces, and vomit to help eliminate the stain and the smell.

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Paper towels: You can never have too many paper towels for cleaning up messes your puppy has left you. And there will be a lot!
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🔑TravelAdditional resources
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Car harness/car seat belt: If you're picking your puppy up by car or planning to travel with your puppy, it’s important to keep them safe and secure. A car harness or dog crate will ensure your pup stays out of harm’s way when they’re on the road.
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Dog car crate (Optional): A car harness or dog crate will ensure your pup stays out of harm’s way when they’re on the road.
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🔑Puppy toysAdditional resources
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Puppy friendly chews: Rubber bones, rope toys, and tennis balls are some particularly good choices for puppies.
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Kongs: A long-lasting toy for your puppy, the Kong Classic is an excellent choice. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and are extremely durable (perfect for teething dogs!).
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