Everything You Need to Get Started With Your Puppy

Welcome to the dog-owners club! Have you already got everything you need to get started with your puppy? If you’ve ever been looking online or to your local pet store, you can be sure there’s a never-ending list of paraphernalia to buy. But worry not, as we’ve come prepared with a checklist made just for you, with all the things your puppy really needs when the time comes to move in with you.

A Safe Home

Ensure that any potential dangerous items are out of your puppy’s reach. E.g. cleaning products, poisonous plants, exposed wall sockets, or even your favourite shoes. Open staircases can be protected with a baby gate.

The Resting Place

Have a think as to where your dog will sleep. A dog box is particularly adequate until your dog is house-trained. Still, many dogs like to have a second sleeping spot for during the day, e.g. a dog basket.

Dog Food

Ask your dog breeder what your puppy has been fed so far and continue to feed it the same food in the beginning. Later you can slowly introduce a different diet.


A rope or tug toy is an ideal icebreaker for your first day together with your new puppy. A chew root and toys made from hard rubber are particularly suitable while your dog is teething. When you’re shopping for toys, always keep in mind that less is more!

Leash, Collar, and Harness

You’re best bet is to get a standard dog leash (max 2.5 metres) as well as a longline leash (max. 5 metres). We also recommend purchasing a collar and a harness, as one or the another can be more appropriate depending on the situation.

Training Accessories

We recommend to start off with a clicker, feed bag, and treats for training.

Taking Your Puppy for a Walk

Before it moves in with you, start having a think about where your puppy will be able to do its business and plan a daily walking route.

Caring for Your Puppy’s Fur

It’s recommended to get a brush that is suitable for the type of fur your puppy has. Depending on the breed, your will need to care for your dog’s fur differently. Claw clippers are a must for every dog-owner!


Your dog should always be safely transported from A to B. For this we recommend a dog box, a dog seatbelt with a chest harness or a special child seat for dogs, as well as a dog gate for the trunk of your car.


Depending on where you live, you’re either required to insure your dog or insurance is entirely voluntary. Health insurance is also available for dogs and can save you a lot of money in the case of a serious event. Suss out the options available to you before your puppy moves in!

The Vet

Before your puppy moves in, find a veterinary doctor. Pay special attention to friendliness, their love for animals, cleanliness, and their medicinal competence. Often you’ll be able to book a consultation appointment to get to know the practice in advance.

By Sarah Mertes

Certified dog trainer