Supplies Needed for Your New Puppy

May 10, 2022

Lab Puppy with Toy

Not sure where to start in terms of ordering supplies for your new puppy? Let us do the hard part for you! We’ve gathered a list of items from essentials to things you might not think you’ll need, but will love! We’ve got you covered on the basics like food and a crate, fun but safe toy options, and a couple items we love for obedience training. Please note that we are not affiliated with any of the items, brands, or links provided in this post. They are suggestions that we recommend you consider, but ultimately order based on your preferences, ratings/reviews, or financial reasons. Here is Beyond the Dog’s unofficial Puppy Supply List!

Necessities

Whether you haven’t fully decided on a puppy yet, or are bringing a puppy home today, you’ll need the essentials. Food, bowls, collar and leash, and a kennel.

Food

Walking into a pet store and having what feels like hundreds of dog food options can feel overwhelming. A good place to start is to consult with the Breeder you are buying from (if applicable) or a trusted Veterinarian. They may have suggestions based on the breed of your puppy and potential health risks and preventative measures you may want to consider. You may consult with your Veterinarian about whether you may need to avoid soy, wheat, corn, or animal by-products in your puppy’s food. Leaning towards a dry food option (something easy to feed by hand) will also help with being able to use it to train your puppy after they are settled into your home! Using their food for training has many benefits, including bonding with your puppy, encouraging a positive work ethic, and avoiding expensive treats for training.

Bowls

While Beyond the Dog is a strong believer in hand-feeding your puppy, you also want to encourage your puppy to eat from a bowl as well. Below we’ll provide options for standard feeding dishes, a raised feeding option, as well as a slow-feed bowl for the puppies who just can’t seem to eat fast enough.

  • Standard Food Bowls – So many cute options to choose from! Stainless steel bowls are easy to clean. Anti-slip material on the bottom prevents your puppy from sliding the bowls across your house. If you find your puppy likes to play in their water bowl and makes a mess, we recommend keeping the water bowl outside until they grow out of this habit. You might also consider a slow drinking bowl like this one here.
  • Elevated Stand for Food Bowls – Having a stand for your puppy is a great option if they are a large and/or deep-chested breed. This can serve as a preventative for certain health risks as your puppy grows. Consult with your Veterinarian if having a stand for your large-breed puppy would be beneficial.
  • Slow Feed Bowls – Slow feed bowls are wonderful options if you have a puppy that eats their feed at an alarming rate. This option will help slow them down so they take time to digest their food. It’s also a great way to mentally stimulate your puppy as well!
Puppy leashes and collars

Collar and leash

In order to take your puppy out to potty or on walks, you’ll need a secure collar and leash. It’s important to make sure your puppy is both safe and comfortable. On that note, we recommend a standard collar, but also a martingale collar specifically for training and/or walking. A martingale collar is an ethical collar that, when fit correctly, will not allow your puppy to slip out. This will help prevent the possibility of your puppy getting away from you or running freely around your neighborhood. We recommend a 4-6 ft leash over a retractable leash. This will help keep your puppy close on walks. Inside the home, you might consider having your puppy drag their leash to help you keep an eye on them, especially if they are still potty training. If you notice they tend to chew on or destroy their leash in these cases, a chain leash or tie-out material leash might be a better alternative that is less fun for them to chew on.

  • Standard Collar – There are hundreds of adorable collar options! This is an example of a collar with a great selection of colors that are also made with a reflective material. This makes it easier for them to be seen on those late-night walks!
  • Martingale Collar – We love the safety a martingale collar can provide when training. It is extremely important to remember that these collars should ONLY be worn when you are working with or supervising your puppy. You should always take them off before you leave, before you put them in the kennel, or when your training session is over.
  • 6 ft Leash – As stated above, we recommend a flat 4-6 ft leash over a retractable leash. This will help keep your puppy close and allow you to monitor and control the amount of pulling that your puppy may do. If you are still potty training your puppy, you can also have your puppy drag a leash inside the home while you are also home and supervising them. This will help you know where your puppy is at all times and get them outside more quickly if they begin to have an accident.
  • Chain Leash – If your puppy chews on their leash, try a chain leash. They are less fun for them to chew on and discourage chewing overall.
  • Tie-out Material Leash – If you have a small breed puppy and a chain leash might be too heavy, or might be hard on the floors of your home, this tie-out material leash would be a suitable alternative!

Kennel

Having a crate that is both comfortable and safe for your puppy is crucial while they are being housebroken and learning to not chew on things they shouldn’t. Even though you may not use the kennel forever, it will be important to encourage your puppy to be comfortable in it in case you need to use it when you leave for work, errands, or when they stay with friends or family when you’re out of town. We’ve included different styles and values so you can choose what would suit you and your new puppy best!

  • Wire Crate with Divider – This is a standard option that is a great choice for new puppies. It is important to remember that you should purchase the size suited for your puppy once they are full grown. As they age, you can use the divider to decrease or increase the amount of space they have. They should have enough space to be able to stand, turn around, and lay down comfortably.
  • Petmate Vari Kennel – If you notice your puppy chews on their wire crate while they are inside or they begin to show signs of self-harming (e.g. damaging their teeth, licking their paws or skin until they bleed), you might consider transitioning to a secure, plastic kennel like this one. It would also be a great idea to consult with your Veterinarian and a Behavior Consultant (like the ones at Beyond the Dog!) for additional assistance with separation and/or crate anxiety.
  • Diggs Revol Dog Crate – This is a more costly option, but offers comfort, more security, and ease of storage and transportation.
  • IMPACT Kennel – If you’re looking for the most safe and secure kennel option, out there, this one’s for you! We often recommend this crate for dogs that have a habit of escaping their current kennel.

Puppy Toys

We cannot recommend having appropriate toys for your puppy highly enough! It is important that the toys you provide for your puppy are safe, are not choking hazards, and that you have a good variety so that your puppy values their toys and is not encouraged to chew on household items. Beyond the Dog recommends that your puppy have 8-12 toys to choose from. These can include various Nylabones, Kongs, Femur bones, Cow bones, and Antlers. We do NOT recommend rawhides or bones with edible coating or filling. If your puppy doesn’t seem to have much interest in their toys at first, give them extra attention and pets when they are interacting with them. This will help encourage them to use their toys more often. If you have any power tools at home, you can even “rough” the toys up a little, and this might trick your puppy into thinking if another puppy has chewed on the toy, then it must be a good one to play with!

Training Supplies

Before you start looking into intensive training, you should first consider beginning with the basics. Our 6 Essential Things to Jumpstart Training Your Puppy blog post is the perfect place to start! If you’re looking to advance to the next level, here are some items you might consider investing in for your puppy.

  • EasyWalk Harness – This is a trainer favorite! The EasyWalk harness attaches to the leash on the chest piece to better discourage your puppy from pulling. Our trainers also connect the leash to the puppy’s standard or martingale collar for extra safety. To make sure you are introducing the harness and heel position correctly, consider reaching out to one of our certified dog trainers for help! We have various in-home and Board and Train options available here.
  • Dog Bed – A dog bed is great for a “place” command! You can encourage your puppy to stay on their place calmly while you are cleaning, making or eating dinner, getting guests in the door, and more! It will be important to make sure the bed you purchase will still be large enough for your puppy once they are full grown. This particular style has raised sides for comfort, is orthopedic, easy to wash, and does not slide as easily on wood or tile floor.
  • Cot/Raised Dog Bed – If your puppy gets hot, you might consider this alternative dog bed!
  • 50 ft Long Lead – This training line is perfect for practicing coming when called with your puppy. Start close, and the more reliable they respond to their name the first time, move farther apart!

We hope this compiled list of puppy supplies helps guide you in the right direction! From necessities like food, bowls, collars and a kennel, to the extra curricular items like training leads, you can find all of our suggestions all in one place with embedded links to all recommendations included. Once you have everything you need, you can find more information on how to introduce good habits and use these items effectively from our Puppy Training Blog. If you’d rather meet with a trainer and work one-on-one with our behavior consultants and your puppy directly, reach out and schedule an appointment today!

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