New Puppy Checklist or New Dog Checklist Dog Adoption Checklist Puppy Adoption Checklist Puppy Checklist Dog Checklist Loves Dogs

So you’re thinking of adopting a puppy or dog! At, we think that is amazing! As you prepare to welcome your new furry friend into your home, what supplies will you need? We’ve put together our favorite new puppy or new dog checklist that will help your new family member transition into his or her new life with you.

  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Food (dry and/or canned; select the most natural food you can find within your budget)
  • Collar
  • Harness
  • Four- to six-foot leash
  • ID tag with your phone number
  • Foldable metal or hard plastic crate (or carrier)
  • Dog bed
  • Dog blankets (inexpensive Walmart blankets)
  • Doggy shampoo and conditioner; peanut butter puzzle toy for bath time distractions
  • Nail clippers or nail dremel
  • Canine toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush or comb (depending on your dog’s coat type and length)
  • Absorbent paper towels or old towels
  • Sponge and scrub brush
  • Non-toxic cleanser
  • One-to-one solution of water and vinegar in a squirt bottle (great for oopsie tinkles in the house)
  • Enzymatic odor neutralizer
  • Plastic poop bags (biodegradable is best; scented are nice)
  • Pooper scooper
  • Absorbent house-training pads
  • Variety of age-appropriate toys (tennis ball, rope, and chew toy)
  • Interactive, treat-dispensing, and/or puzzle toys (these are amazing!)
  • Variety of treats (avoid rawhide)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Natural calming aids
  • Upset tummy aid (can of pumpkin)
  • Dog cleaning wipes
  • Baby gate(s) (TSC is a great source)
  • Car hammock
  • Dog seat belt
  • Travel water bottle
  • Select veterinarian for vaccinations and regular wellness check-ups

This dog adoption checklist will help your new family member transition into his or her life with you. From all of us at, we are thrilled for you!


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