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Your Ultimate Puppy Checklist: Preparing for a Pawsome Journey

by | 11 December 2023

Welcome to the paw-esome journey of puppy parenthood! Preparing for a new furry friend is like setting up a treasure hunt, where the treasure is a bundle of joy on four paws. Let’s wag our way through the essential puppy checklist you’ll need for this tail-wagging adventure!

Getting a puppy is a big decision requiring careful planning and preparation. Before diving into the world of chew toys and cuddles, it’s crucial to consider if you’re ready for the long-term commitment that comes with a furry family member.

From comfy beds to chew-proof toys, creating the perfect environment for your new pup is key. This new pup checklist will guide you through everything you need to make your home a puppy paradise, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and your new best friend.

The Essential Puppy Checklist

Below we’ll dive into the essentials of this puppy checklist. We always look to be eco-respectful, so if you can find any of these items at the salvos, then perfect. If not, some great choices are available today for your new furry friend, from class designs to gorgeous customised dog beds and bowls.

The Basics: Getting Ready for Your New Puppy

Preparing for a new puppy is an exciting journey, and ensuring you have the right items is crucial. This section covers the must-have items for your new furry family member in Australia, from collars to grooming essentials.


Picture of dog collar
Dog Collar from Barker & Bone

A collar is more than a fashion statement for your pup; it’s their first step into the world. Choose one that’s comfortable and adjustable, as puppies grow faster than they can chew a treat! It’s the leash you can do to keep them safe and identified.


True Charlie lead
True Charlie Lead

A lead is essential for those first walks in the park. It’s like your pup’s first step to exploring the great outdoors, so choose a sturdy and comfortable one. It’s the perfect way to lead them on the path of adventure (and good manners)!

ID Tag

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Baily & Bone Dog Tag

An ID tag on your puppy’s collar is like their first tiny Instagram profile. It should have your contact information, making sure your pup can always DM you, and find their way back to you if they wander off on an adventure. There are the classic engraved dog tags, or the Central Animals Records in Australia now offer smart dog tags

Grooming Brush

A good grooming brush is like a magic wand for your puppy’s coat. It keeps them looking spiffy and helps you bond. Plus, it’s a great way to check for unwanted hitchhikers like ticks!

Playing, Toys and Cuddles

Engaging your puppy with suitable toys and plenty of affection is key to their development. Discover the best chew toys and playthings to keep your puppy entertained and help them feel loved in their new home.

Chew Toys

Durable dog chew toys are the unsung heroes during teething. They provide relief, keep your pup engaged, and save your shoes. It’s like giving them their own set of keys to the kingdom of fun.

Play Toys

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Dogue Dog Toy

A variety of dog play toys, from plushies to fetch toys, keeps boredom at bay. It’s like having a toy box of fun for every mood, ensuring endless playtimes and happy tail wags.

Lots of Cuddles

Never underestimate the power of cuddles. They’re the ultimate way to bond and are comforting for your puppy. It’s like wrapping them in a blanket of love and security.

Coming Home: Creating a Comfortable Space

Bringing your puppy home is a memorable moment. Here, we discuss creating a safe and welcoming environment for your pup, including the best beds and travel accessories for comfortable car journeys.

A Bed for Inside and Outside

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Barney Dog Bed

A cosy dog bed for your puppy is like their own little throne. Having one for the inside and one for the outside allows them to relax wherever they feel like lounging. It’s their own spot in your world.

Read how to keep your dog cool in summer here, including choosing a cooling mat for those hot days. 

Car Harness and Booster Seat

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Indy Boho Dog Booster Seat

Safety first! A car dog safety belts or booster seat is essential for road trips. It’s like giving your pup a first-class ticket to travel safely and in style.

Kennel, Crate, and Cover

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Kazoo Premium Dog Create

A dog kennel or crate provides a safe haven for your pup. It’s like their personal den where they can unwind and feel secure. Adding a cover helps create a cozy, den-like feel.

Comfort Toys

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Furry Comfort Toy

Comfort toys are more than just playthings; they’re like childhood teddy bears for puppies. They provide comfort, reduce anxiety, and can be a familiar friend in new situations.

Toilet Training: Keeping it Clean

Toilet training is a crucial step in puppy care. This section offers tips on how to make the process smoother with effective cleaning products and puppy pads, ensuring a cleaner and more hygienic home.

Odour & Stain Neutraliser

Accidents happen, especially in the puppy stage. Having an odour and stain neutraliser is essential for those little whoopsies. It’s like having a magic eraser that keeps your home smelling fresh and clean.

Puppy Pads

Puppy pads are a toilet training lifesaver. They provide a designated spot for your pup to relieve themselves, making the training process tidier and less stressful for both of you.

Biting and Chewing: Managing Puppy Mischief

Puppies love to chew, and managing this behaviour is important. Find out how to redirect your puppy’s chewing habits with safe chews and no-chew sprays to protect your belongings.


Chews are the ultimate distraction from naughty nibbling. They’re not just treats but tools that satisfy your pup’s natural urge to chew, keeping your shoes and furniture safe.

No Chew Spray

A no-chew spray is like a magic barrier, deterring your pup from turning your favourite items into chew toys. It’s an easy and effective way to guide their chewing habits in the right direction.

Feeding: Nutritional Needs

Proper nutrition is essential for your puppy’s growth and health. Here, we explore the best feeding practices, including premium puppy food and treats, to meet your pup’s dietary needs.

Two Bowls

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Sash Dog Bowl

Every puppy needs their own dining set: one dog bowl for food and another for water. It’s the first step in establishing a healthy eating routine.

Super Premium Puppy Food

Introduce super premium puppy food slowly to avoid tummy troubles. It’s like giving your puppy a five-star meal plan for optimal growth and health.

Dog Supplements

Dog Enjoying Dog Supplements
Dog Supplements

We all know how we love to feel our best, and there are some helpful supplements for us humans out there. And it’s the same for our furry friend; there are some helpful dog supplements that can be used to keep your furry friend’s coat shining and joints moving. 


Sweet potato and beef liver dog treats
Sweet Potato and Beef Liver dog treats

Yummy dog treats are more than just snacks; they’re training aids. Use them to reward good behaviour and as a tool in your training arsenal.

Exercising: Active and Healthy

Keeping your puppy active and healthy is vital. This section covers everything from selecting the right dog poop bags and holders to choosing the best lead or harness for safe and enjoyable walks.

Dog Poop Bag

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@lordbensonofsydney wearing a bandana from Pablo and Co

A dog poop bag is an essential item for responsible pet ownership. It’s your trusty sidekick on walks, ensuring you leave only pawprints behind.

Bag Holder

A bag holder attached to your leash is a handy tool. It ensures you’re always prepared for poo-pickup duty during your walks.

Puppy Checklist Optional Extra’s

The above list is the essentials you will need for your new pup. However, there are also a few other things you might want to consider when you bring your furry friend home. 

You Might Want These Too

Hopefully, your pup can stay clear for a day or two before they find something disgusting to roll in or something questionable to eat, but it’s going to happen at some point. So here are a few other things it’s worth adding to your puppy checklist: 

Shampoo and Conditioner

Bath time is more than cleaning; it’s bonding time. Get a puppy-friendly shampoo and conditioner to keep their coat shiny and skin healthy. It’s like a spa day for your pup but in your bathroom.

Flea, Tick, and Worming Treatment

Keeping your puppy free from fleas, ticks, and worms is like giving them a shield of health. Start them early on treatments to ensure they remain happy, healthy, and ready to play.

Crate Training: A Safe and Cozy Space

Crate training is vital to puppy care, providing a secure space for your pup. Learn about the ideal crate setup, including comfy mats and snuggle toys, to make your puppy’s crate a cozy retreat. If create something you are going to be doing with your new pup, here are some essentials to add to your new dog checklist: 

Training Crate

A training crate is a pup’s personal space. It’s where they learn the ropes of home living. Think of it as their first little “paw-tment”.

Crate Mat and Cover

A crate mat and cover make the crate a cozy retreat. It’s like adding fluffy pillows and blankets to their own little room, making it inviting and comfortable.


Having a bowl in the crate helps with feeding routines and makes the crate feel like home. It’s like having their own dining room in their little den.

Snuggle Toy

A snuggle toy in the crate is like a bedtime buddy for your pup. It provides comfort and a sense of companionship, especially during those first few nights in a new home.

New Puppy Important Contacts List: Be Prepared

Having a list of essential contacts is helpful for new puppy owners. Below are some key contacts to note down so you’re prepared for all your puppy’s needs.

Vet/24 Hour Emergency Vet

Keep your vet’s contact information handy for regular check-ups and emergencies. It’s like having a healthy guardian angel for your pup.


Registering your puppy with the local council is a legal requirement. It’s an important step in responsible pet ownership.

Puppy School

Puppy school is not just for learning; it’s for socialising. It’s where your pup will learn the ABCs of being a good dog.

Pet Sitter/Boarding

Having a reliable pet sitter or boarding service contact is like having a backup plan for your pup’s care when you’re away.


A groomer keeps your puppy looking and feeling their best. Regular grooming is essential for your pup’s health and hygiene.

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is your financial safety net for unexpected health issues. It’s an important aspect of planning for your puppy’s long-term wellbeing.

Summary Of The Puppy Checklist

The Basics

  • Collar
  • Lead
  • ID Tag
  • Grooming Brush

Playing, Toys and Cuddles

  • Chew Toys
  • Play Toys
  • Lots of Cuddles

Coming Home

  • A Bed for Inside and Outside
  • Car Harness and Booster Seat
  • Kennel, Crate, and Cover
  • Comfort Toys

Toilet Training

  • Odour & Stain Neutraliser
  • Puppy Pads

Biting and Chewing

  • Chews
  • No Chew Spray


  • Two Bowls
  • Super Premium Puppy Food
  • Dog Supplements
  • Treats


  • Dog Poop Bag
  • Bag Holder

FAQs: Navigating Your Puppy Checklist

What are the Basics You Need for a Puppy?

Starting with a new puppy requires some essential items. At the bare minimum, you’ll need a comfortable bed, a collar with an ID tag, a lead for walks, appropriate food and water bowls, and a variety of chew toys. These basics ensure your puppy’s fundamental needs for comfort, safety, and engagement are met from day one.

What Do I Need to Buy for a Puppy?

When buying for your puppy, think about both necessities and comfort. Essentials include good quality puppy food, grooming supplies like brushes and puppy-friendly shampoo, a sturdy crate for training, and toilet training aids like puppy pads. Don’t forget to invest in some fun toys to keep them entertained!

How Can I Ensure My Puppy’s Safety in My Home?

Ensuring your puppy’s safety involves puppy-proofing your home. Secure loose wires, keep hazardous substances out of reach, and ensure small objects that could be swallowed are away from your puppy’s area. Using gates to limit access to certain areas of your home can also help keep them safe.

How Can I Make Sure My Puppy Gets Enough Exercise?

The amount of exercise your puppy needs depends on their breed and size. Generally, puppies require shorter, more frequent walks and play sessions. Monitor your puppy’s response to exercise and adjust accordingly. Exercise is also about mental stimulation, so include training and playtime in your routine.

Conclusion: A Journey Filled with Wags and Wonders

Preparing for a puppy is the first step in a wonderful journey filled with laughter, learning, and lots of licks. With this puppy checklist, you’re well on your way to becoming a superb puppy parent.

Now that you’re equipped with knowledge and the right gear, you’re all set to welcome your new puppy into your home and heart. Remember, it’s a journey of mutual growth, love, and lots of tail wags.Got a cute puppy story or a tip for new puppy parents? We’d love to hear it! Share your experiences in the comments below or on our social media, tag us in @OhCrapPets or #OhCrapFamily on Insta, and we’ll share it with the family.

Featured image Image by 3194556 from Pixabay.

<a href="" target="_self">Henry Reith</a>

Henry Reith

Henry is proud to be one of the crapologists at Oh Crap, and specialises in crap jokes & sharing paw-some content.

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