Head Tilt PuppyBringing home a new puppy is an exciting time, but can be quite nerve wracking for people new to the dog parenting world.

The fluff ball of joy that you adopted from your local animal shelter is now looking to you for food, exercise, shelter, and a world of love, and you have no idea where to begin.  We have put together a list of 10 must have items so that you are ready for all that is involved in welcoming a new puppy to your home.

Top 10 Essential for a New Puppy

1. A Crate This will be a life saver, as well as the safest place for your puppy to be when you can’t be watching him.  It will also save your furniture, shoes, and remote controls from destruction!

2. Baby Gates – These are great for keeping your pup in rooms where the floors are easy to clean, as well as keeping pup out from under food as you cook, clean, and eat.

3. Paper Towels – Lots of accidents will be waiting for many paper towels.

4. Odor and Stain Remover – Personally, I love Nature’s Miracle, but there are many different pet-specific cleaning products available.

5. Food – If you are planning on switching your pup’s food do it slowly.  Gradually ween your pup off his old diet to avoid an Pup in a Cupupset stomach.

6. Food and Water Bowls – You may consider weighted dishes for pups who like to play in their food and water.

7. Plastic Bags Start saving your grocery bags now!  These are the best for poop scooping.

8. Puppy Safe Toys – Some options include, Kongs, Orbees, and Wubbas.  Always make sure the toys do not have any small parts that can be chewed off, or squeakers that could be swallowed.

9. Collar and Tag – Put this on your pup as soon as you bring him home to avoid the risk of losing your new pal!  But be sure to remove the collar when your pup is in the crate to avoid any change of accidental choking.

10. Contact information for a reputable trainer and dog walker – Your pup will become a happier and healthier dog with plenty of attention, training, and potty breaks throughout the day.  In Knoxville and Oak Ridge contact Waggy Tails Pet Sitting + Dog Walking for all of your pet care needs!

List courtesy of The Dog Guide