Before you bring your puppy home, you will want to “puppy-proof” your house. Be especially careful of electrical cords and outlets, hazardous chemicals, pools/ponds/tubs where puppy could drown, and poisonous plants.

Somethings To Have

If you use a breeder, and go to visit before you bring your pup home, leave a dog toy or piece of clothing with your scent on it (sleep with it a few days before hand). Ask the breeder to place this with the pups and their mothers. When you return to pick up your pup, the pup will be used to your smell, and the article will now also have the smell from the pup’s littermates and mother — a good comfort for the pup’s first nights away from home.

  • Crate with Comfy Pad in it
  • Puppy Food (find out what the breeder is feeding the pups, and get the same…you can slowly transition the puppy to a new food if desired, but should start on the same food) puppy sleeping
  • Food and Water Dishes (I like Stainless Steel)
  • Treats (or use food as treats)
  • Veterinarian (make sure you have identified a vet, and make an appointment to bring the puppy in for a check-up within the first few days)
  • Emergency Treatment Center Information (your vet’s office may not be open 24hrs. Be sure you have the number of a 24-hour treatment center for emergencies)
  • Dog Walker or Sitter if needed
  • Brush and/or Comb for Grooming
  • Shampoo/Soap
  • Ear Cleaning Supplies (cotton and cleaning solution)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toenail Clipper or Dremmel Drill
  • Collar, leash, and ID Tag
  • Toys (see section on toys labs love)
  • Bitter Apple — a spray for keeping dogs from chewing on objects
  • Poop bags for cleanup
  • Cleaning supplies for toilet training accidents
  • Seat Belt, Harness, or Crate for car-safe travel