New Puppy Checklist

New Puppy Checklist

Getting a new puppy is a fun and exciting time for families, but it can also be pretty stressful. Raising a puppy is not only challenging, but it is also very rewarding. The key is to make sure that you are prepared to bring your new puppy home. That means having their essentials, but is also means making sure that you are mentally prepared. A puppy is a whole lot of responsibility, and the decision to make the addition to your family shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here is a checklist that will help to ensure that you are ready for a pup!

Mental Preparation Checklist:


The first thing that you will want to do is prepare your mind. Here’s how to do that:

  • Write down a list of the responsibilities that come along with having a puppy
  • Take a look at your budget and make sure that you can afford a puppy
  • Ask yourself if you have time to devote to a new puppy
  • If you have other pets (or babies), think of how they will react to a new puppy

These are just a few of the things that you will want to consider before you make the decision to get a new puppy.

Things to Do:

If you have decided that a new puppy is right for your family, you will then need to do the following:

#1 – Find a Veterinarian

It is really important for you to find a veterinarian BEFORE you bring your puppy home. Quality veterinary care is really important for your pup. It may be a good idea for you to put them on a wellness plan, because it can help you to save money. It usually covers all of the immunizations during the first year, as well as scheduled wellness checkups. Typically, you can pay a low monthly amount to help make your pup’s medical expenses more affordable.

#2 – Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppy proofing your home is really important. Puppies are very curious and inquisitive, and that is sometimes dangerous for them. You will want to make sure that you make the house safe for them, and put away any valuables that could be broken. After all, pups are pretty hyper once they warm up to you! Make sure that you put small items out of reach, get any plants off of floor level, and put anything that you don’t want them to get into up high, or in a closed cabinet. Remember, it is almost like having a toddler. They get into everything, and you need to be prepared for it. Don’t think you can do it later, because chances are they will start trying to get into things from the moment they step foot into your door.

#3 – Arrange a Safe Place for them to Sleep

Walk through your home and find a safe place for your new puppy to sleep. If you are going to kennel train them, then you will want their kennel to be somewhere that allows them to feel like they are part of the family, but at the same time you don’t want it to be somewhere that has too much traffic. It is best to look for a place that is off the beaten path, but yet still visible from the main areas of the home.

What to Buy For a New Puppy:

Now, it is time to go shopping! Here is a shopping list that should put you well on your way to having everything that you could possibly need for your new pup:

  1. Puppy Food – You want to ensure that you get a premium nutrition food instead of something that is going to be full of fillers. You want your pup to get excellent nutrition, especially during those first crucial months when they are still developing.
  2. Food and Water Bowls – Choose from a variety, but consider the size of your puppy. You want to ensure that they can get to their food and water easily. Smaller breeds may need very small bowls starting out. You can always get larger bowls as they grow.
  3. Collar – Putting a collar on your pup is one of the most important things that you can do when it comes to being a responsible pet owner. You don’t want your pup to wander out and get lost. Have a collar that includes your contact information so that you can be reunited if they are ever lost.
  4. Bedding – Your puppy will need to stay warm when they sleep, especially if they have just been weaned. They will want to feel comfortable and cozy, like they were when they were with their mother. Soft, warm bedding is great for helping them to stay comfy.
  5. Toys – From the moment you bring your new pup into your home, you want them to feel loved. Get them toys early on and begin interacting with them. They will love the attention, and the exercise they get from playing is great for them.
  6. Training Pads – Let’s face it, your puppy is likely to have a few accidents, but puppy training pads can help make the house breaking process go a whole lot smoother.
  7. Flea & Tick Control – Don’t underestimate the importance of keeping your pet free of fleas and ticks! Typically they are old enough for treatment at around 8-12 weeks of age.

What to buy for a new puppy

As you can see, there is a whole lot that goes into getting a new puppy. If you have never had a puppy before, then some of this may be news to you! Once you feel that you have prepared yourself mentally, checked off everything on your to-do list, and bought the necessities, you will be ready to bring your puppy home!

Don’t make it a stressful experience. Instead, use our new puppy checklist and take care of everything BEFORE bringing your pup home.



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I've been a dog lover since the day I was born but it's the current four legged love of my life, Phoebe who inspired me to create the Munch.Zone.

We moved together from Israel to New York in 2013, love hiking together, and never pass up a trip to the dog park. Watching her over the years sparked so many questions about dog behavior and health needs, and it wasn't always easy to find answers. Thus, the Munch.Zone was born.

On any given day you'll find me watching Netflix originals, eating popcorn, and thinking about how to get into house flipping.

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  1. For sure puppy proof your home, because puppies go everywhere. Anyways, I love having a puppy, but it’s so hard to deal with. Plus, it just takes so long to train a puppy. But I think it’s worth it in the long run.

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