Essentials for Your New Dog


Bringing a new furry friend home is an exciting time.  While a new dog doesn’t need many supplies, there are a few essentials you will want to have on hand before bringing your fur baby home.

Crate or Kennel

Dogs are den animals and like to have a safe space to call home. Providing your new pet with a crate or kennel is as important as providing them with food and water. A crate should be large enough for the dog to stand at full height and provide enough room to turn around fully.  Many options exist and you can easily find discount dog kennels online.


When you first bring your new dog home, it is wise to limit the amount of house she has to roam through.  Simple baby gates can prevent your pup from getting into too much trouble before they learn the rules of their new home.  Make sure the bars on the gate are close enough that a doggy head can’t get stuck.

Grooming Supplies

Depending on which breed of dog you are bringing home, grooming supplies are another essential.  Shedless breeds like poodles and terriers require regular grooming to keep their coats from getting matted.  All dogs need regular nail trimmings and teeth brushing to stay healthy.  Picking up a basic hairbrush, toothbrush, and nail trimmer is a great first step for grooming your dog at home.


In addition to city registration and rabies tags, a personalized dog tag can help bring your pup home safely should they ever escape from home.  Make sure to include your dog’s name, your name, your phone number, and your address.  Microchipping your dog is also a great idea as the chip is inserted under the dog’s skin and stays there permanently.

Getting ready to bring your new dog home is simple and easy.  Put in the prep work ahead of time so that when your new pet arrives you can focus on bonding.

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