West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!

Puppy – New Puppy Basics

Your New Puppy

It’s an exciting day, your new puppy is coming home! Just like any new adventure, a little advance planning will make having a new little pup around your home a fun, happy and successful experience.


  • Patience – you’re going to need a lot of this, so stock up!
  • Bed – just like us, your puppy will appreciate a warm comfy place to curl up and rest after a big day. Place your new puppy’s bed away from drafts, heat vents, etc.
  • Leash – Your puppy will want to explore the great outdoors, and you’ll want to keep them safe. Choose from a wide variety, including retractable leashes.
  • Collar – You should be able to fit a couple fingers under your puppy’s collar, but keep in mind they may grow fast.
  • Tags – With your puppies name, address, and a way to contact you.
  • Food – Make sure to choose a quality food formulated for puppies; no need for added grastrointestinal issues.
  • Food and Water Bowls – So many choices!
  • Training treats – Because your puppy will be the smartest dog ever, and able to learn amazing tricks.
  • Housetraining pads and pet accident cleaning solution like Nature’s Miracle. There will be some bumps along the road to a housetrained dog.
  • Toys – Puppies love to play, and giving them something to chew on besides your shoes, furniture, etc. can keep everyone happier.
  • Carrier/cage – Dogs like having their own, secure place to hang out and rest, and many people use cages to help keep their dogs calm and happy. Plus you’ll want a carrier to take your new puppy along to show off.
  • Brushes and combs, keeping in mind the length of your pup’s coat.
  • Shampoo and conditioner.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Medications as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Did somebody say veterinarian? Of course you’ll want to find a good vet to help guide you and care for your new puppy.