We understand that preparing for your new pup can be overwhelming, so we’ve prepared this shopping list to help you get ready. Don’t worry— you’re not required to purchase everything on this list. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

The Basics

  • Collar (We prefer Martingale, no-slip collars)
  • Secure harness
  • Head collar for difficult to walk dogs
  • Leash (4-5 foot for reactive dogs) (Be sure to put your wrist through the leash loop so you don’t accidentally drop your dog and risk escape.)
  • ID tag
  • Food and water dishes (We recommend stainless steel or ceramic)
  • Quality dog food (Dogs under the age of 12 months should eat puppy food. 
  • Crate and liner/bed (Select size based on dog’s adult size and weight)
  • Crate water bottle or dish
  • Urine cleaner
  • Flea and tick monthly preventative (e.g., topical or oral)
  • Heartworm monthly preventative (Prescription, available from your vet)
  • Dog bed


  • Training rewards treats
  • Chew deterrent (e.g., Bitter Apple or Yuck)
  • Treat pouch (Often recommended for obedience classes)

Toys & Miscellaneous

  • Kong toy (For chewing and keeping dogs occupied in their crate. We recommend stuffing it with peanut butter, applesauce, yogurt and/or pumpkin, along with some treats or kibble, and freezing. These will keep your dog/puppy entertained for at least 1 to 2 hours, sometimes more)
  • For puppies: Teething chew toys (e.g., Chilly Bone or Ruff Puppy teethers)
  • Long-lasting chew bones (e.g., Nylabones, natural bones, marrow bones)
  • Clean-up bag dispenser for leash (e.g., Bags on Board)
  • Food dish placemat (To catch spills, protect floors)
  • Pet record folder (To hold pet records, vaccinations certificates, etc.)
  • Dog behavior or training book

Grooming Supplies

  • Dog brush
  • Nail clippers or dremel (We recommend having your dog’s nails clipped at the vet or groomers to avoid accidents)
  • Dog shampoo
  • Ear wash
  • Grooming wipes (For between bath cleanups)
  • De-matting comb (For longer-haired dogs)
  • De-shedding tool (e.g., Furminator)


  • Dog seatbelt harness (Can use regular harness and put seatbelt through it)
  • Car seat covers (Such as this one by AKC) or doggie hammock (To protect seats and catch dirt and fur)
  • Travel collapsible food and water bowls
  • All-purpose dog blanket