New Puppy Shopping List

Congratulations on the purchase of your new puppy! Here are all the items that I rely on to give my dogs the best possible care. I recommend that you make these purchases before coming to pick your puppy up for the smoothest possible transition to her new home.

If you are not a first time Doodle owner, chances are you have several of the items listed below already. This shopping list is simply a guide for what you might need. Keep your dog’s size (both now and in the future) in mind as you purchase supplies, but feel free to choose colors and styles that fit your preferences! We are not suggesting that all of these items are absolutely necessary, but want to give you ideas of the tools we’ve found to be helpful in our own families and with our own puppies.

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EATING

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FOOD AND WATER BOWLS

As any dog owner knows, food and water bowls are an absolute necessity. No matter what type of dish you choose, it’s important to watch out for cracks that can harbor harmful bacteria. Plastic bowls are not recommended because they can be easily chewed or scratched by your dog. Stainless steel bowls are durable and inexpensive and tend to last a long time. In addition, stainless steel bowls are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. These bowls are great for their cute design and their sturdiness.

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SLOW FEED DOG BOWL

Why do dogs feel like eating has to be a race? I have no idea, but these bowls seem to fix that problem. Featuring meal-lengthening ridges and mazes, Fun Feeders keep pups engaged for up to 10x longer at chow time, which improves digestion while helping furry friends eat at a fun, healthy pace! The Fun Feeder also features a slip-resistant base to prevent sliding and food spillage. Particularly helpful for larger breeds!

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SLOPPER STOPPER DRIPLESS DOG WATER BOWL

The Slopper Stopper Deluxe Dripless Water Bowl is a Dripless Specialized Dog Water Bowl that reduces water spills and trails by up to 85% or more by not allowing the Muzzle of the Dog to get soaking wet. Are you tired of chasing your dog around the house with a towel mopping up the water mess? Are you tired of your Wood Floors being destroyed?

TREATING

PUPPY SAVORY BEEF BITES

Treat your puppy with all-natural, premium beefy bites that are 100% meat, healthy, nutritious, and better than anything else out there. YumYum Puppy Savory Beefy Bites are made with premium USDA inspected beef, completely free of fillers, binders, and unhealthy chemicals that are found in most dog foods. Each freeze-dried piece is the perfect reward for training puppies and dogs of all ages. Their consistency makes them easy to chew for young and adult dogs alike.

PROTECTING

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FLEA AND TICK COLLAR

While I sincerely hope this will never happen to your pet, you’ll never know where pests are lurking. For dogs that don’t like to take pills and owners who don’t like to administer them, Seresto kills and repels fleas and ticks for 8 continuous months in one easy-to-use, non-greasy, odorless collar. Quickly kills fleas within 24 hours of initial application and reinfesting fleas within 2 hours. The Seresto collar is water-resistant and remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight.

For large dogs over 18 lb – check out this version instead.

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FLEA, TICK & MOSQUITO CONTROL SPRAY

If you find that you do have a pest problem, I would recommend this control spray that offers prevention and treatment in one safe, effective spray. As an alternative to monthly chemical treatments like drops and pills, this spray is the natural flea and tick treatment that both kills and repels with no toxic effects to pets or children! Plus, it also stops itching and scratching, comforts dry skin and hot spots, and is pH balanced for healthy skin and a fresh smelling coat. Wondercide natural flea, tick & mosquito control kills the flea lifecycle. Use on your pets, bedding, carpeting, upholstery, and other surfaces around your home to ensure full elimination anywhere adult fleas may have jumped and eggs may have fallen. In addition, it will not stain pets, furniture, or flooring.

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PROTECTIVE DOG CONE COLLAR

Keep your beloved pet comfortable with this inflatable collar cone. If you’ve ever had to put your dog in a plastic cone, you would understand how wonderful this product is. Particularly helpful during injuries, rashes, and post-surgery, this keeps your pet from scratching or biting sensitive areas. In the meantime, they can still see, eat, drink, sleep, and play normally. This collar is made of a soft fabric that is machine washable.

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RECOVERY DOG ONESIE

A professional alternative to the “cone of shame”, this onesie protects wounds, sutures, hot spots and helps to keep it dry. The design is based on the animal’s shape and anatomy with a snug fit as result. It is manufactured using a breathable stretchy Cotton/Lycra fabric, giving complete freedom of movement without compromising strength or durability. Several of our families highly recommended this item as a must-have!

BEDDING

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ALUMINUM DOG BED

Your new puppy needs a clean, supportive place to sleep. We use Kuranda Dog Beds for our dogs. They’re easy to keep clean, supportive, and best of all, they’re guaranteed chew-proof. Because it’s an elevated bed it has the added benefit of being the best tool to have if you train your dog to “Go-To Place”. If you plan to purchase a Kuranda bed, use any of our links to the Kuranda website and 5% of your order will be donated to Warrior Canine Connection. This is a wonderful organization that trains dogs to be companions to War Veterans with PTSD.

  • For dogs that are 20 lb or less, we recommend a 30″ x 20″ bed.

  • For dogs that are about 25 to 40 lb, we recommend a 35” x 23” bed.

  • For dogs that are about 40 to 55 lb, we recommend a 40” x 25” bed.

  • For big dogs that are about 55 to 80 lb, we recommend a 44” x 27” bed.

  • For great big dogs that are about 80 lbs and larger, we recommend a 50” x 36” bed.

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MICROFIBER PET BLANKET

Made of high-quality microfiber fabric, this lightweight blanket can be stored in your car or at home. These lovely dog blankets are very soft, super cute, and warm—perfect for adding a little more extra comfort for your pet. Not to mention extra protection for your couch, carpet, car, bed, floor, or chair. And the best part? They’re machine-washable.

GROOMING

PUPPY SHAMPOO

This puppy shampoo is specially formulated to be hypo-allergenic and PH balanced for the delicate skin of puppies and kittens. It is environmentally safe and created to moisturize your young pet’s sensitive skin and give their coat sheen and luster. Our shampoo contains a coconut base with aloe vera, vitamins A, D, E and a proprietary blend of botanical extracts; no alcohol or animal by-products are ever used. This puppy shampoo is tearless and contains no detergent or soaps that remove the essential natural oils from the skin which your pet needs.

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SLICKER BRUSH

A slicker brush is handy for fluffing the outer coat on your Doodle. A slicker brush is simply a brush that’s dense with very thin, strong and bendable pins. These hundreds of pins close together work at separating hairs, which de-mats your dog as you brush. In the long run, it is better to get a good quality slicker brush because cheap brushes have handles that tend to break, bristles that wear out quickly, and their pins tend to be stiff and sharp which can hurt your dog. Using the right tool will speed up the grooming process significantly and make it a more pleasant experience for both you and your Doodle.

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GROOMING COMB

This tool is used to remove any of those hidden mats the slicker couldn’t reach. The comb is dual-sided with coarse, fine teeth and is an essential tool for finishing and fluffing coats. It’s perfect for finishing your dog and making sure they’re 100% clear and free of tangles.

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NAIL CLIPPERS AND/OR GRINDERS

You need to trim your dog’s nails regularly to prevent nail overgrowth, injury, and discomfort. There are several different kinds of nail clippers on the market, like Scissor clippers (for bigger size dogs), Guillotine clippers (small and medium-size dogs), and Grinder tools (all sizes). The grinder works by grinding down the nail instead of clipping. It’s worth noting that the grinding process takes a bit longer than the clipping process, so patience is required. Grinding also tends to leave a smoother finish on the nail.

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PET GROOMING GLOVES

Keeping your dog’s or cat’s coat brushed regularly is important for their overall health, as well as yours. These gloves make it easier and more efficient than ever before! These flexible, slip-on grooming gloves allow you to brush away dirt, grime, dander, and loose hair from cats, dogs, and horses of all shapes and sizes. It also helps stimulate the healthy oils on their skin which can improve the softness and radiance of their coat. You’ll be amazed how well these work!

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DOG CLIPPERS

Quality dog clippers are great for trimming thick doodle hair. These are easy to use, quiet, and durable. They last for 2 hours in between charges. The kit comes with color guide combs that make it easy to find your desired coat length.

EXERCISING

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COLLAR

The general rule for dog collars is they should be snug with enough room to fit two fingers between your dog’s neck and his collar. The collar should not be too loose to slip over the pet’s head, nor too tight as to restrict breathing or cause coughing. For everyday use, a Nylon or Leather collar will work. For your first collar, we recommend you purchase a collar that fits at one of the smaller settings but has plenty of room to grow. Check collar size frequently on growing puppies. Have fun with all the available colors!

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IDENTIFICATION TAG

Once you have your furry friend, you want to ensure it has a way back to you if lost. Dog tags come in several different shapes and colors. Make sure the material is durable and readable. I would highly suggest that you include some contact information, like a phone number and/or an address.

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NYLON DOG LEASH

Your dog will need plenty of exercises to keep healthy and out of trouble. Dog leashes are available in a variety of fabrics, widths, and lengths. Selecting a particular leash for your puppy is based on your preference and budget. The most important factor is that the weight of the leash should correspond with the size of your dog. For example, a larger dog might require a heavier, sturdier leash. While there are also retractable dog leash options, I recommend starting with a standard dog leash when training for better control.

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DOG HARNESS

A dog harness helps with control and safety issues. A harness can give you more control over your dog when you are out and about. You will want to find one that has an adjustable neck and chest so that it is easy to put on and off. I would recommend a harness especially if your dog has neck problems since the harness disperses the pressure from one smaller area to a larger surface area. Suitable for occasions like daily walking, outdoor, training, and more.

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SHOCK ABSORBING DOG LEASH

For dogs who tend to pull, the Zero Shock Leash has been designed to drastically reduce strain and pull on the dog and the owner. Utilizing a soft touch webbing and a generously-sized neoprene handle, this leash really is a pleasure to hold in your hand and is perfect for walking and jogging with your dog. It adds protection from sudden moves made by you or your dog, a need still in demand well beyond the training stage. I find the control handle near the collar to be very helpful to regain quick and secure control of your dog when required.

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LEATHER TRAINING LEASH

These leashes are sturdy, durable, and soft, made from genuine Full Grain Leather, and are beautifully finished. 6 foot is the standard recommended by professional dog trainers around the world. It is strong enough to handle very large dogs but light enough that even smaller dogs will be comfortable with the weight. The high quality finished leather is water-resistant, cleans easily, and won’t tear at your hands like cheap nylon.

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DOG WASTE BAG HOLDER

Do you find yourself frenzied while preparing to head out the door with your pet knowing you’ll have to take care of any messes left behind? Now there’s one less thing to worry about with this 300 count of dog-waste bags, which comes complete with a handy black dispenser and a sturdy leash clip. To use the dispenser, simply remove the base, slip the roll of dog-waste bags inside, and reattach the base. The bags measure 13×9 inches in size and are leak-proof bags for safe, sanitary handling. The dispenser also includes a leash clip so you can attach it and always have it with you.

FENCING

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EXERCISE PEN

The metal exercise pen provides a great enclosure to keep your pet safe and secure while indoors or outside. These playpens are made of durable metal wire with a coated finish for long-lasting protection against rust and the elements. When fully expanded, this provides your pet with 16 square feet of enclosed living area. It is simple to set up, with no tools required. This is a good solution if you want to give your pet more freedom to move about, play, and keep those muscles working, but don’t want them to have free rein. A properly exercised pet is a happier, healthier pet.

CLEANING

ABSORBENT PUPPY PADS

Puppy pads are perfect for training your pets to piddle. This mat will protect your house from damage and dirt on the floor. Puppy training pads make dog training easier and make life happier. There’s a built-in attractant that your pet will fall in love with, making it preferable to do their business on the mat rather than anywhere else. Puppy training pads have odor-control so they keep your room clean and smell fresh all day. You can use the pads anywhere, like the floor, bathroom, crate, carrier, etc.

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PET STAIN REMOVER

Your puppy will inevitably have accidents in your home. Be prepared with a pet stain remover that cleans tough spots and stains with ease.  You need a  product that is tough on stains but not harmful for your dog or your carpet. A spray bottle makes clean-up quick and easy. Always follow product recommendations for checking color-fastness before using it on your carpet or upholstery.

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PAPER TOWELS

Trust me when I say you’ll need these. Getting these in bulk online tend to be cheaper than the grocery store. These are perfect for cleaning up spills and accidents due to the super-absorbent sheets. Keep any surface clean an

PLAYING

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PUPPY KONG

The Kong is the gold standard of dog toys and has become the staple for dogs around the world for over forty years. Offering enrichment by helping satisfy dogs’ instinctual needs, the Kong unique all-natural rubber formula is ultra-durable with an erratic bounce that is ideal for dogs that like to chew while also fulfilling a dog’s need to play. Want to extend playtime? Be sure to stuff with tempting bits of kibble and entice with a dash of peanut butter.

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KONG TEETHING PUPPY BINKY

Puppies don’t chew up your house just to drive you crazy; they’re driven to ease sore gums and try out developing teeth. Redirect your little canine’s chewing urges with this adorable, pacifier-shaped chew toy. Made from an exclusive puppy Kong rubber formulation that’s more flexible than regular Kongs, these binkies soothe teething pains and encourage healthy mouth and jaw development. They also help puppies learn the appropriate way to channel their chewing urges–an investment that will pay off over the entire lifetime of the dog. And just like the beehive-shaped Kongs, these have a goofy, unpredictable bounce for hours of chasing and fetching fun.

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KONG DENTAL DOG TOY

Dental health is just as important for pets as it is for people, but it’s a rare dog that likes getting his teeth brushed. This fun, versatile chew combines the functions of a treat dispenser, toothbrush, and classic fetch toy, all in one. Made from the same super-tough, puncture-resistant natural rubber as classic Kongs, its patented grooved design “squeegees” teeth and gums clean as dogs chew, helping prevent plaque and tartar buildup (not to mention bad breath). Use Kong Breath Paste inside the grooves to motivate your dog to chew and freshen his breath at the same time. Shaped like a bone, Kong dental toys have a hollow interior just made for stuffing with treats or biscuits. Extracting the contents is work that can keep dogs happy and busy for hours, helping prevent boredom, separation anxiety, and related behavior problems like barking, digging, or chewing shoes.

Tim Hanson

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Contributing writer at Preferable Pups!