Bringing home a brand new dog is super exciting as is buying all the essential necessities to ensure that your pooch has everything that they need for a smooth transition into your home.

Here’s a list of things that you’ll need before you pick your new family member up:

  • Puppy food as recommended by the breeder.
  • Treats such as natural liver (remember to check that they’re age appropriate)
  • Toys – chew toys with various textures are great, especially for teething pups.
  • A dog brush
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Collar – it’s always a great idea to also have a dog tag with your phone number on it in case your pup escapes
  • Lead or harness – this depends on your personal preference and which works best for your dog
  • Car harness or seat belt for your puppy
  • A comfortable dog bed
  • A crate or play pen

Now that you’ve gathered everything that you need for the puppy, here are a few additional things to consider:


Let’s be honest, the first few nights can be daunting for a puppy in a brand new environment and if you’re anything like me, the pup will most likely be snuggled up in bed with you. This can be cute but not so cute when they’re fully grown dogs and confusing for the dog when they’re no longer allowed up on the bed with you.

Try to find a quiet area of the house where your puppy can feel warm, safe and secure in his or her own dog bed. You might even consider crate-training your new friend.

The crate is a safe place for the dog to be when no-one is around to supervise them. It’s the dog’s bed and sanctuary, his safe place.

It serves other purposes such as keeping the dog away from children who may be smothering the puppy with a little too much love or just a place where they can chill out.

Make sure your dog has a comfortable blanket, some chew toys, a water bowl and some food.


Toilet training a new puppy can be quite time consuming but well worth the time and effort put into it.

Consider an area away from where your puppy will eat and sleep but not too far away. You can begin by using puppy toilet training pads inside the house and slowly move it onto a patch of grass in your yard. Once your puppy gets used to using the pads, you can remove them and your puppy will know to go on the grass instead.

It’s recommended to not let them get used to doing their business inside as you’ll then have to toilet train them outside as well, doubling the time and effort and possibly confusing the puppy.

Remember, we’re trying to make the transition as simple as possible!


Is your yard puppy-proof? Can they fit under/jump over any fences? Do you have a secure swimming pool fence? Making sure that your yard is secure is something to look at before you bring your new pup home.

Puppies love to explore. If the environment is safe to do so, allow your puppy the freedom to explore their new surroundings during the day. This will help your puppy settle at night time as they’d be tired from experiencing their newly found surroundings.

Your new puppy will familiarize themselves with their new surroundings in no time and settle in to their new family life with you.

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