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New Dog Check List

Food and Water:

  • High-quality dog food appropriate for your dog's age, size, and dietary needs

  • Food and water bowls (stainless steel or ceramic are recommended)

  • Treats for training and rewards

Rest and Comfort:

  • Dog bed or crate

  • Blankets or bedding for the bed or crate

  • Dog-safe chew toys or bones

  • Comfortable collar or harness

  • Leash (6-foot length is standard)

  • ID tags with your contact information

  • Microchip (consider microchipping your dog for permanent identification)

Grooming and Health:

  • Dog shampoo or People Shampoo

  • Dog brush or comb suitable for your dog's coat type

  • Nail clippers or grinder

  • Ear cleaning solution

  • Waste bags for cleaning up after your dog during walks

  • Dog-specific first aid kit (including bandages, antiseptic, and other essentials)

Training and Enrichment and Decompression:

  • Dog gates or barriers for restricting access to certain areas of the house

  • Wire Dog crate

  • Training treats

  • Clicker (if using clicker training)

  • Interactive toys (puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, etc.)

  • Training books or resources (for guidance on training and behavior)

  • Puppy or dog training pads for potty training

  • Enzyme cleaner for accidents to eliminate odors and stains

  • Belly bands or dog diapers (for male dogs or dogs with urinary incontinence)

Safety and Travel:​

  • Dog-safe cleaning supplies (for accidents or general cleaning)

  • Dog seat belt or travel harness for car rides

  • Dog carrier or travel crate (if needed for travel or vet visits)

Potty Training:

  • Puppy or dog training pads for indoor potty training

  • Outdoor potty training supplies:

    • Poop scooper or poop bags for yard cleanup

    • Spray bottle with water or enzymatic cleaner for outdoor accidents

    • A designated potty area or spot in the yard

    • Belly bands or dog diapers for managing urinary accidents

Other Essentials:

  • Dog-specific detergent for washing bedding or blankets

  • Dog-specific stain and odor remover for accidents


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