Your newly adopted dog is a delight! However, in all the excitement
of finding your new companion, shopping for your new pet wasn’t
foremost on your mind. Not to worry. We’ve put together a dog supply list
to help you round up everything you need to welcome your pooch home.
Keep in mind, some shelters might not let you acquire a dog until they
know you have the necessary supplies. This new dog checklist will guide
you on your shopping trip—including tips for how to choose each item.
Don’t use shampoo for humans, as
a dog’s skin has a less acidic pH
balance. There are moisturizing
shampoos, flea and tick shampoos,
and deodorizing shampoos to address
specific problems. Grooming wipes
can help between baths.
Make sure the bed is large enough for
your dog to stretch out. A washable or
removable cover comes in handy at
Accidents are inevitable, so choose a carpet/rug cleaner designed to remove pet
urine stains and odors. Paper towels are a staple. For breeds that shed, select lint
rollers, rubber gloves, microfiber cloths or even duct tape to help clean up fur.
Your dog’s coat, breed, and the climate where you live, will determine whether
you need dog sweaters, evaporative cooling coats, or nothing at all.
Size is critical. You should be able to freely fit two fingers between the collar and
your dog’s neck. Too tight, and breathing and comfort are restricted. Too loose,
and your pooch will be on the loose. Some owners prefer harnesses to collars; fit
remains the most critical factor. For the fashion-conscious: Colors and styles vary.
A crate should be big enough for a dog
to turn around in and to rest comfortably,
but not big enough for the dog to use a
portion as a restroom. There are foldable
versions for travel convenience.
Choose a toothbrush with a handle length
that’s easy to manage in your dog’s
mouth. There also are toothbrushes that
fit over your finger like a thimble. Find a
dog toothpaste in a flavor your dog likes,
such as broth. Dental chew treats can
supplement brushing benefits.
Know your dog’s age and breed characteristics, as many dog foods are specially
formulated for pups, “seniors,” or breeds prone to being overweight. Consider
whether using all-natural brands is important to you.
Food and Water Bowls
Stainless steel and ceramic are recommended. Size matters. Pick a style that
won’t tip over. There are maze-shaped bowls to slow rapid eating, and raised
feeders to support good posture. A self-filling water bowl might be helpful if your
dog will be alone for extended periods of time.
To restrict your dog to certain rooms, choose a gate that is tall enough to
discourage jumping or climbing, as well as one that lodges securely in a doorway
so it won’t fall. Make sure your dog’s head can’t get caught in any gate openings.
Your dog’s coat characteristics
determine which type of brush to
choose. A bristle brush works for all
types. A wire-pin brush is best for
medium to long hair and woolly or
curly coats. A slicker brush will help
remove matted hair and tangles. Curry
brushes have nubs for dogs that are
nearly hairless or have short, smooth
coats. Also, get a nail trimmer and flea
comb if needed.
The line, strap
or chain must be
for your dog’s
Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention
There are many ways to prevent dog diseases spread by fleas, ticks and
mosquitos. Choose from among flea collars, topical formulas, and oral
medications after consulting your dog’s veterinarian. A prescription will be
required to obtain heartworm preventative from a legitimate provider.
The line, strap or chain must be strong enough
for your dog’s weight, as recommended
on the labeling. Leashes are available in a
variety of colors and materials: canvas, rope,
leather, polyester, and hemp to name a few. A
retractable leash provides some leeway to roam
but allows you to keep your dog much closer
when walking near traffic or children.
Seek a company that offers simple
and affordable plans with multiple
options that fit your budget. Keep in
mind that no pet insurance company
covers pre-existing conditions, so
getting your pet covered before a
major illness, or even a bad night
of tummy troubles, is essential. A
simplified claims-filing process and
a supportive customer care team
are great additional benefits offered
by top insurers.
Tags In addition to rabies and local registration tags, you might want an
ID tag with your dog’s name, any medical conditions, and your phone number and
address. These tags come in many shapes (hearts, bones, fireplugs, paw prints)
Toys Avoid anything your dog can
choke on or swallow. The “squeaker” in many
squeaky toys is small enough to be a choking
hazard if your dog gets to it. Some dogs like
to pull apart plush toys, leaving their stuffing
scattered about while also creating another
choking hazard. Try different types of toys to
see what your dog responds best to whether
it’s a hefty Kong, a plush duck, a rope to fling
around, or the toy’s cardboard box.
in many squeaky
toys is small
enough to be a
choking hazard if
your dog gets to it.
Choose treats made for dogs. Some
human foods such as chocolate and
grapes are toxic to pets — and ditto
for ever-popular peanut butter if it
contains xylitol. Check with your
veterinarian for a full list of toxic
foods for pets. Rawhide treats are
popular, but can pose a choking
risk. Various dog treats also can
be dental aids or produce calming
effects to address anxiety.
Bonus: Mobile Apps
Although mobile apps aren’t usually included on a pet shopping list, on-the-go pet
parents may find them useful. There are pet mobile apps available to suit almost
every need and lifestyle—everything from pet medical record storage and GPS
tracking, to dog walking maps and dog friendly business locators.