We regularly have people asking the question, “What do I need to have on hand when I bring my new puppy home”. We have a list of recommended items that we consider the top 10 “must haves” for you to purchase as you prepare for your new furry family member!

1. Collars and leashes

Your puppy will need a collar and leash the day you bring her home. The collar should fit snugly so it won’t slip off, but should not be too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and the pup’s neck. As your puppy grows older, you can expect to buy several additional collars as she outgrows them.

We recommend using a short leash for walks initially as it gives you better control of your puppy as she becomes accustomed to walking on a leash. A longer leash is good for yard time and training, so you may want to purchase several lengths.

ARING PET Dog Collar and Leash, Velvet Dog Collar and Leash Set, Soft & Comfy, Adjustable Collars for Dogs

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PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness, No Pull Dog Harness

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2. Crates and containment

A must have for all puppy owners, crates and containment devices keep your puppy in a confined area where you can monitor and housetrain him. You will need a dog crate and an exercise pen, or puppy gate, when you bring your pup home.

When choosing a crate, make sure your puppy can stand up, lie down, turn around, and stretch inside. You want the crate to be big enough for the puppy to be comfortable, but not too large, or the puppy will be more prone to potty in a corner of the crate. We recommend the “Midwest wire crate” as it comes with a divider panel that you can adjust as the puppy grows.

MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Crate | iCrate Single Door & Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crates | Fully Equipped

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MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen

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3. Beds

You’ll want a thin bed or a blanket for the crate, one that’s easily washable in case of an accident. However, most pups also love a plush raised bed to lounge in during the day. As a reminder, a puppy should never be left unattended on the sofa as jumping on and off the sofa can lead to joint issues in a growing puppy. Instead, we recommend purchasing a “sofa” of their own where they can lounge and just “hang out”. We recommend the “Calming pup” dog bed for this purpose. You can use “Kingmountain” as the discount code at checkout.

Calming pup dog bed

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American Kennel Club Crate Mat

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4. Food and water bowls

There are so many different types of bowls to choose from! We personally prefer a ceramic or stainless steel food and water bowl, as they’re easy to clean and very durable.

 Bone Dry Paw Patch & Stripes Ceramic Pet Bowl & Canister Collection

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5. Food and treats

We feed and recommend “TLC all life stages”. See our “Food and Supplements” section where we discuss the benefits of TLC food. It is all natural, nutritious, and has a holistic approach. We had been feeding another brand which was also high quality and had good ingredients, but we found some pups developed stomach sensitivities from it down the road. We had a hard time finding another food to switch to as we didn’t want to compromise on quality, but since we’ve switched to TLC we haven’t looked back! It has very high quality ingredients, no corn or other empty fillers, and has never had a recall! It promotes healthy coats, healthy joint growth and development, and protection against allergies. We (and our dogs) love it!

Whole Life Natural Dog Food

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6. Grooming supplies

We absolutely adore that Doodle coat! However, both Bernedoodles and Cavapoos require a lot of grooming to keep their coats in good condition and free of matts and tangles. We recommend a good slicker brush along with a metal comb. We also recommend a heavy duty blow dryer. Along with that, you’ll want nail clippers, a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and a conditioning spray. I have a list of our favorite grooming supplies below.

 Big G Slicker Brush – Large

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Slicker Brush – Small

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Grooming Tool with Stainless Steel Teeth and Non-Slip Grip Handle – Best Pet Hair Comb for Home Grooming Kit – Ebook Guide

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Adjustable Speed Pet Hair Force Dryer Dog Grooming Blower with Heater

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BOSHEL Dog Nail Clippers and Trimmer with Safety Guard to Avoid Over-Cutting Nails & Free Nail File – Razor Sharp Blades – Sturdy Non Slip Handles – for Safe, Professional at Home Grooming

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Vet’s Best Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste | Teeth Cleaning and Fresh Breath Dental Care Gel | Vet Formulated

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