Here is a list of the things we think are really necessary to have on hand before you bring your new puppy home:
1. Appropriately sized crate with blanket:
You'll want to find a crate that is big enough for your puppy to lay down in and turn around in easily, but not one with much more. Having too much room will allow your pup to go potty in it's crate.
2. Wire Playpen:
This is a great tool for regulating where your puppy goes and assisting in learning boundaries while getting quality time with them. These can be set up in a variety of shapes and can be used as room barriers.
3. Leash, collar and harness:
It's important to have the gear to start training your puppy to understand leash walking. We recommend you start your pup on this harness until they are at least 4 months old. At that point, you can start working on training with your puppy!
4. No chew spray
Working with your puppy on learning about things they are not allowed to get into can be challenging. Using a non-toxic no-chew spray is a great place to start. Check out our favorite co-chew spray here.
5. Food bowls and food
You'll need at least one water bowl and one food bowl along with whatever food you choose to feed your pup. Check out our recommendations on food for your pup here.
6. Natural Cleaner
Your puppy is bound to make a few messes here and there. In order to be prepared for when they do, it's important to have a toxin-free cleaner on hand to help with the clean up. Here is a link to our favorite non-toxic cleaner. If you are not a doTerra wholesale customer, you can always sign up though us. We would love to sponsor you!
Your puppy is going to need things to keep in occupied while in it's crate and toys for you to use to bond with your pup during playtime. We recommend toys that are made out of durable rubber, rather than plushy toys that can be ripped apart easily in which case your pup might ingest the stuffing.