Are you prepping for a new dog?
Whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog, you want to make sure you have everything you need for them right?
The good news is that you only need a few basics for your dog.
Let’s face it; you’re gonna pick up more luxury items along the way. Don’t fool yourself that you won’t start to pamper your new pooch.
If you’ve never had a dog before, knowing what to buy at first can be worrying.
I’ve created this guide for new dog parent to learn the basics of what you need before you bring home your new dog.
These essentials will get you through those nerve-wracking first weeks.
Let’s get started
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16 New Dog Essentials
These are essentials all new dogs will benefit from. They take care of those doggy care issues you’ll need to deal with regardless if you bring home a puppy or an adult dog.
Did you know it’s illegal to have your dog out in public without a collar?
Make buying a dog collar a priority for your new pooch. You’ll need a collar suitable for your dog’s size and breed. Simply measure your dog’s neck to make sure you get a comfortable fit for them.
Remember that if you have a puppy, you don’t want to splash out too much at this stage as they’ll quickly grow out of a collar.
I highly recommend a buckle collar. They are much safer than chain collars that pose a strangulation risk to your dog.
2. I.D tag
You probably know that your dog needs to abe microchip, but did you know they need an ID tag too.
It’s not optional, it the law. Your dog needs to be easily identified to you.
The best way to do this is with a small id tag with your details engraved.
An ID tag means that if your dog gets lost, the finder doesn’t need to take them to a Vet or shelter to reunite you again.
Dog Id tags are cheap to buy, and I’d suggest getting two or three. You’ll be surprised how easy your dog can lose them from their collars. Keep a close eye and check it’s there before each walk.
For training purposes, you need a harness for your dog.
A front clip harness is essential if your dog pulls on the leash or to teach a puppy not to pull or jump. The design helps to prevent neck injury from pulling on a collar.
Your dog may take time to get used to the sensation of a harness, so it’s essential it’s comfortable for them.
A harness is a great dog essential for keeping control over your dog. This may be more important during trips to the vet or if you walk in areas with uncontrolled dogs.
Your new pooch is gonna need daily walks. That means you’ll need a leash to keep them under control.
There are lots of different types of leashes to choose from, which can be a bit overwhelming at first.
A good nylon leash is a great beginner option until you get used to your dog’s walking behavior. You may then change to a leather leash or a retractable one, especially if your dog likes to chew it!
Keep in mind you’ll be holding the leash. That means you’ll need a comfortable handle to prevent your hands getting sore during walkies.
5. Poo bags
Always be prepared for any doggy tummy troubles with some dog poo bags.
These bags are essential for scooping up dog poop when your dog has to go. It’s essential for being a responsible dog owner.
Dog poop bags are the most sanitary way to deal with dog poop and keep your community clean.
Opt for a good quality brand that is easy to use, opens quickly and ties with ease.
I’d also highly recommend a poop bag dispenser that clips to your leash. That way you’ll never forget them on your walks.
6. Crate or kennel
The through of a crate or kennel may be off-putting and make you feel like you are confining your dog.
However, it’s essential to provide your dog with a den-like space.
Without a crate or a kennel your dog will try to make their own behind the sofa or under tables.
You’ll need to train your dog to use a crate well. However, they can do wonders for house training, behavior and improve your dog’s mental health.
7. Dog Bed
You probably know that dogs will sleep anywhere they get comfortable. However, they also need a place of their own to sleep.
A good quality dog bed is essential for your pooch.
Providing a separate sleep area provides your dog with comfort and temperature control during the seasons.
A dog bed is similar to your dog having their bedroom. That’s important if you want to discourage your dog from sleeping on furniture or your bed.
Make sure your dog’s bed is suitable for their weight and size. Puppies are prone to chewing so you may not want to buy anything too expensive until they grow.
8. Food and water bowls
You’ll need to provide your dog with regular food and fresh water.
A good set of food and water bowls are essential for mealtimes. Opt for non-slip bowls to prevent a mess in your dog’s eating area.
I’d recommend stainless steel bowls in a raised feeder. Metal or ceramic bowls are best for easy cleaning and preventing your dog from chewing them.
Slow feeder bowls can be ideal if your new dog is known to have gas problems from eating too quickly.
9. Dog food
What to feed to your dog is a huge topic. You’ll probably drive yourself crazy trying to choose the best dog food.
Regardless of what you choose, you want your dog to have good quality food.
Opt for one that meets your dog’s nutritional needs for their breed and size.
Dogs can be very fussy when it comes to food they like. Just like your food, make sure it’s suitable for your dog’s needs from flavoring to diet needs like grain free.
10. Dog brush
Most dog breeds require regular coat grooming to keep them healthy.
A dog brush is a great way to take care of your dog’s fur. They type of brush you need depends on your dog’s coat.
11. Dog shampoo
You’ll only need to bathe your dog every few months for hygiene reasons. However, you may have an adventurous mucky pup who likes rolling around in goodness knows what!
It’s easy for dogs to pick up bacterial or fungal infections if they are real mucky pups.
You’ll need a good dog shampoo to wash your dog at home.
Don’t be tempted to use regular or baby shampoo; it’s unsuitable for your dog’s delicate skin.
Make sure to opt for a hypoallergenic dog shampoo if your dog has skin issues or allergies.
12. Nail clippers
Learning to cut your dog’s nails at home is essential for a new dog parent.
If may seem scary at first, but regular nail trimming is essential for your dog’s health.
You can read the Pet rookie guide to cutting your dog’s nails here.
There are a few options when it comes to dog nail clippers. For the best options check out the pet rookie buying guide.
Opt for clippers that are suitable for your dog’s size to prevent causing damage as your trim.
13. Pest Control products
When your dog is out and about, they are in a prime spot for picking up fleas, ticks, and other pests.
Your vet is the best person to advise you on what to buy for your dog. However, having common pest products is ideal for the occasional flare up to be treated quickly.
You may choose prevention drops, flea spray, or a simple flea and tick comb to manually remove the pests when they appear.
Deworming paste or tablets is essential for preventing worm infestations that will cause serious health issues for your pup.
14. Stimulation Toys
Your dog is an intelligent creature and needs regular mental stimulation. Without it, your dog will show behavior problems.
Keep your dog busy with stimulation toys that they have to think about using or keep them active.
This can be anything simple from a ball or a Frisbee, or a toy that dispenses treats when they use it.
Ideally, you want a range of toys that can keep your dog occupied when you’re not around.
15. Chew Toys
If you like your furniture, shoes, and cushions to remain un-chewed, then buy chew toys for your dog. It’s an instinct your dog has and needs to be fulfilled.
You need to focus your dog’s attention away from these items by giving them a suitable item to chew on.
Some items can be really dangerous for your dog you chew on, so having ‘safe’ chew toys can keep your dog safe.
Make sure to regularly replace any toys that become extremely damaged or small to prevent your dog from choking on them.
16. Car travel
Are you a car driver? Will you be taking your do on you care regularly?
If you answered yes, then you need to get your dog ready for the car. Think about it; you wouldn’t let a child ride in a car without securing them first, right?
Then you need to help secure your dog on car rides.
An easy way to do this is with a seat belt clip that attaches to your dog’s collar or preferably a harness.
A dog barrier is another great item to keep your dog safely in the back of the car as your drive.
Getting a new dog can be scary and exciting at the same time. You want to care for them as well as you can.
This list of new dog essentials will help you meet your dog’s basic needs from the start.
Your dog will feel safe and secure which is a great start to your new life together.