Puppy Checklist: Everything You Need To Bring Your New Puppy Home!

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How exciting! You are adopting a puppy and almost ready to bring your new best friend home with you. But before you do, you should be prepared with some basic items to get started.  Here is a new puppy checklist with everything you need to get your home ready for the arrival of your new pup, and to care for them every day afterwards. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post where you can download a free printable version of this checklist!

New Puppy Essentials:

Your new puppy will likely not be fully vaccinated yet and shouldn’t venture out until he or she does, but while at home with you, it’s a great time to familiarize puppy with you, your home and their new collar/harness and leash. A tag with your pet’s name, your name, address and phone number are essential.


Additional items include food and water bowls, toys and a quality dog carrier. I own this carrier and absolutely LOVE it! I get so many compliments and especially at the vet’s office get asked to send someone the link to where I purchased it. Size note: I have 12 pound Rat Terrier and although he fits in the medium, go large. That’s my advice.

I also own the Petmate waterer. These two products come highly recommended by me 🙂

Lastly, keep in mind that your new puppy may be stressed coming into your home. Giving them a few new toys will help ease their stress and may them feel welcome! I prefer plush or chew toys at first.

New Puppy Sleep Essentials:

Puppies sleep a LOT, so be sure to provide a comfy bed that is appropriately sized for your new fur baby. Here are a few of my favorites:

New Puppy Grooming Essentials:

Puppy is bound to get into something (mine got into green acrylic craft paint – Lhasa Apso turned green!), so it’s best to keep some grooming essentials on hand. Here are just a few…

Around The House:

My favorite purchase were these baby gates to keep puppy from getting into areas where he/she is not allowed. Additionally, a spray deterrent such as bitter apple. This came in handy when my Chihuahua mix decided to try and feast on a silk plant!

Training Your New Puppy:

It’s never too early to try training your brand new puppy. Training treats are a must!

Your New Puppy’s Medical Needs:

Expect the unexpected and be prepared for your new puppy’s medical needs. Additionally, research the closest veterinarian, 24 hour emergency veterinary clinic and map out (or drive) the routes ahead of time.


Before you leave, would you like to download a printable version of this checklist? Click the image below to start your FREE download!!!

New Puppy Checklist



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Aimee Stock

Hi there! My name is Aimee Stock and I am the owner and creator of ProjectPAWS.org. A former veterinary practice manager for over 12 years, a former food blogger for over 6 years, lifelong animal lover now embarking on my passion project with this blog. If you have any questions of concerns about the site (or just want to say hello), feel free to email me at: [email protected] I'm so happy to have you here :)



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