Puppy Shopping List 

 

 So you’re adding a puppy to your family. Congratulations! Bringing home a new puppy is easily one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. The excitement & anticipation are certainly building. One thing you can do to prepare for your new bundle of fur is to go shopping!

Part of being a responsible puppy owner is making sure you’re prepared—and that you have everything you need to help your new best friend through the transition to his new home.

But what, exactly, do you need for a new puppy? Let’s take a look at everything you need to do, buy, and prepare for as you get ready to bring your puppy home for the first time.

 

Here are some suggested items to purchase for your Goldendoodle puppy!

Once you decide to get your puppy, the very first thing you need to do is make sure that your home is ready for your new addition.

Puppies are naturally curious, and they have a tendency to get into everything—including things they shouldn’t. Puppy proofing your home is a must, both to protect your new dog and to protect your home!

Invest in a few dog gates that allow you to block off doorways and keep your new puppy contained to a certain area of your home. That way, you can keep an eye on your dog and make sure he’s not only safe but isn’t getting into any mischief (like chewing on your favorite pair of shoes!).

 

Get the Basics:

Once you’ve puppy-proofed your home, it’s time to stock up on the basics your new dog will need to be happy, healthy, and comfortable.

Here are some of the essential items you’ll need to get before you bring home your new puppy:

 

Food & Water Bowls:

Look to purchase stainless steel or ceramic bowls, as they are healthier for your puppy.

Plastic bowls can be chewed, and are harder to clean/sanitize.

 

Collars/Leashes:

Puppies will quickly outgrow their first collar, but that doesn’t mean that picking the first collar isn’t important! 

Adjustable, Flat dog collars will allow your puppy to easily adjust to wearing a collar as they have an adjustable lengths and are easily fitted with a snap buckle.

Breakaway collar, for quick release Martingale collars and harnesses are collars meant for leash and behavioral training. 

ID tag:

 With your pup’s name and your phone number in case your puppy gets lost. Your puppy will go home with a microchip, but it’s always a good idea to have a tag on her collar to make it easy to identify her (without a microchip reader!)

Leash:

 Pick out a sturdy flat lead that is 3/4″ wide that’s 5′-6′ long. Flexi leads are not the best choice for young puppies. 

 

Dog Crate with Divider:

Dogs are den animals, and they love the comfort and security offered by a snug space of their own. 

Metal is preferable over plastic, as it is easier to clean, puppies won’t chew through it and allows your puppy to watch everything going on around her. 

Your pups crate should be only large enough for your dog to sit, turn around and lay down comfortably. 36” crate is what I would suggest. Some crates offer the option to start off smaller with inserts, so your crate size can grow as your puppy does. You don’t want a crate that is too big for your puppy, as this will allow him to use the extra space as his toilet. A proper sized crate is a helpful tool for house-training and can also help prevent anxiety by establishing your dog’s personal safe space.

Beds:

There are thousands of options when it comes to dog beds, but your puppy only really cares that his bed is soft and clean. Towels, blankets or fancy plush dog beds are all acceptable to your pup! Ensure whatever you choose is easily washed, as potty accidents are bound to happen when your puppy first comes home.

Toys:

Puppies need toys and lots of them! Teething toys help puppies focus their need to chew into an appropriate outlet. Toys should be durable and made with puppy-safe materials that they can’t destroy. Puppies should be supervised when playing with toys to avoid ingestion of small broken off pieces. Interactive puzzle toys are also available to stimulate your puppy’s brain and keep him busy longer!

Whether a stuffed lion, a squeaky octopus, or a treat-dispensing toy, puppies adore their playthings. Toys can be categorized into chew toys that satisfy the need to gnaw, like hard-rubber toys; plush toys, like stuffed animals, that provide comfort to dogs; fetching toys, like balls and flying discs; rope and tug toys, which help to floss teeth while the pup plays; and critical thinking toys, like treat-dispensing devices, that release goodies when the pup performs a certain task.

Despite all the toy choices at your local pet store, you should only offer your puppy strong, durable, well-made toys that are sized appropriately for him. If your puppy does destroy a toy (and he probably will!), remove the damaged toy immediately. Exposed squeakers can be dangerous, as are stuffing, frayed rope toy strands, and small torn-off pieces that can be ingested.

​Shampoo/Conditioner: 

Puppies like to get dirty, which means lots of baths! Have puppy-safe shampoo on hand to help remove dirt and grime. 

Add essential oils to your shampoo. This is a natural way to keep your dogs bug free. When bathing your puppy, be sure to lather them up very well with the shampoo and let it sit on their skin for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Using a natural pesticide shampoo is a great preventative year round. For conditioner we often just use our own! It is not harmful. Whatever smells the best!

 

Metal Comb or Grooming Rake:

metal comb is a great tool for curly coated Goldendoodles and a grooming rake works well for wavy coated Goldendoodles. These will help keep in undercoat free from tangles. For more information on grooming, ​

Slicker Brush:

A slicker brush is handy for fluffing the outer coat on your Doodle.

 

Nail Clippers OR Cordless Dremel:

We like to use normal human toenail clippers for trimming our dogs’ nails. Either nail clipper or a cordless dremel will work for trimming your puppy’s toenails as well – it’s a matter of which you prefer. Your puppy will have had it’s nails trimmed prior to going home and your vet & groomer will likely offer to trim her nails when you take her in for appointments, but it’s still important for you to trim her nails at home.

 

Styptic Powder:

It’s a good idea to have styptic powder on hand just in case you trim your puppy’s nail a little too short. Styptic powder is located next to the nail clippers in the pet store.

 

Doggie Toothbrush:

You may find that the finger toothbrush is easiest to use when your Goldendoodle is a puppy.

Dog Food Container:

Dog food often comes in large bags and needs to be stored to remain fresh. Keep your dog food tasting great by storing it out of direct sunlight in a bin that seals tightly. Ensure this bin is made of materials that can keep your dog out to prevent accidental overeating.

Dog Food: We feed TLC pet food. It is a Canadian made pet food that is distributed across Canada and the USA now. You are not able to purchase this brand in a store, but it is ordered online or via phone and delivered right to your door within a few days. We have been feeding TLC since 2010 now, and we are very pleased with it thus far. It is corn and wheat free which is what generally causes allergies in dogs. All of our puppies, adult dogs, and guardian dogs eat this food. We highly recommend staying with this food.

Please order the food 2 weeks prior to puppy pick up. When ordering enter the following promo code: 42697-1025 to receive $5 off your first order! 

Delivery takes up to a week, but usually it arrives within 2-3 days where your puppies food will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of your newest family member.

First Aid Supplies:

Puppies are curious creatures and often get into trouble when you least expect it. Having a first aid kit in the house can help when your puppy has an accident. This kit should contain medical supplies, your veterinarian’s contact information and the number for the pet poison hotline. 

 

Carpet Cleaner: 

(Stain/Odor Eliminator) & Paper Towels and Clorox Wipes

To clean up those inevitable puppy accidents…

 

Dog Gate:

There may be areas of your home that aren’t puppy proofed or that you don’t want your puppy to enter. Use puppy gates to block off these areas so your puppy doesn’t get into trouble!

 

Bell for Housebreaking:

A bell is handy for housebreaking, so your Doodle has a way to tell you when she needs to go out. Any bell will work, it doesn’t have to be a bell specifically for dogs.

 

Treats:

 Special treats are more for adult dogs, not for puppies. The best thing to do is to buy a trial size bag of dog food (different than their regular food) and use that for training treats. They are small and great for lots of training. The puppy can also have many without doing any harm. Other types of treats are more like giving them McDonalds every day. It is much better to use dog food for training.

 

Towel/Dog Bed:

In the crate just use a towel for the first little bit. While we hope that there are no accidents in the crate for the first few days that you have your new puppy, it can happen. It is much easier to wash a towel than a big dog bed. For around your home, I suggest a more inexpensive pet bed until your dog is house trained. Having been through many types of dog beds, I do not recommend cedar dog beds. I find that dogs like to pee on them! I guess they figure that it smells like the outdoors! You will want something that is easy to wash.

 

Shampoo/Conditioner: 

Puppies like to get dirty, which means lots of baths! Have puppy-safe shampoo on hand to help remove dirt and grime. 

Add essential oils to your shampoo. This is a natural way to keep your dogs bug free. When bathing your puppy, be sure to lather them up very well with the shampoo and let it sit on their skin for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Using a natural pesticide shampoo is a great preventative year round. For conditioner we often just use our own! It is not harmful. Whatever smells the best!