Everything you need for your new puppy shopping checklist!

Having a new puppy is one of the most exciting things. But what do you need to buy?!  I’m here to help ensure you have everything you need for your puppy’s arrival.

Buying new things for your puppy is really fun, but one of the most important things you can get for your puppy isn’t found in a shop – pet insurance. I urge you if you take only one thing away from my blog it’s to consider pet insurance and do so early. You can read all about my many reasons here.

Now off to check items off our new puppy shopping list!

Potty training

Photo Title Price Buy
Skout’s Honor: Urine Destroyer $14.99
Top Dog (Black) Premium Puppy and Dog Training Pad with Quick-Dry Odor Control Carbon, 30 x 26 (Extra Large, 40 Pack) $22.99 ($0.57 / Count)
The Indoor Restroom Puppy Potty Trainer $23.93
MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen / Pet Playpen $44.99
AmazonBasics Single Door Folding Metal Dog Crate Kennel with Tray, 36 x 23 x 25 Inches $38.99
Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel 28" 25-30LB, Taupe/Black (21551) $72.95
Diggs Dog Crate (Collapsible Dog Crate) $245.00
Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Pet Bed $69.99
MidWest Dog Crate Cover, Privacy Dog Crate Cover Fits MidWest Dog Crates, Machine Wash & Dry $28.10

Toys

Puppies love to explore with their mouths and having different types of toys helps them do so. I usually get a variety and see what my puppy enjoys the most, rope toys, plush toys, etc.

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KONG Puppy

Like our favorite Kong but specialized for sharp tiny puppy teeth. We adore kong, it’s a great way to keep your puppy busy, to reward them (such as in crate training), to make them tired, and of course happy. We love freezing ours with plain yogurt or peanut butter and some treats or kibble. Yum! 

$9.99
KONG Puppy Tires

Similar to to puppy kong but great for rolling, chasing, and more! Just like a kong mix with peanut butter for an enriching busy treat.

$10.99
Orka Bone

Rossi’s favorite toy as a puppy. We had two of these he loved them so much. It must feel good to teeth on and he loves chewing the fabric pieces too. For puppies it’s great for teething, you can even throw it in the freezer and the little ties are a lot of fun for them to chew on and drag the bone around by. Once he became a big grown boy he seemed to not have any interest in it anymore. But it brought him lots of joy as a puppy.

$12.87
Snuggle Puppy

Snuggle puppy is a great tool for helping puppies adjust to their new home away from their siblings, with heat and a heartbeat it often helps them feel secure in a crate or bed too. Click here for crate training help.

$39.95
Snuffle Mat

Every puppy I train gets some of their meals out of a snuffle mat, we love this one in our home. Read our blog here on why enrichment is important. 

$39.95

Mental Enrichment Toys

Mental enrichment is something crucial for puppies and adults. I feed my puppies one meal a day out of some enrichment toy or game, it helps work their minds, tire them out and more. These toys will also last them through adulthood too! I would start with the Snuffle Mat and the Orbee-Tuff toy.

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Snuffle Mat I’ve used snuffle mats with all my clients and with Rossi. You can easily make one, for me this was easier. It’s machine washable too! I often put their dog food in the mat and the dogs have to work to find their food with their noses, this not only helps tire them out, use their minds, but helps dogs eat slowly to prevent bloat. Not to mention they love it. $39.95
Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Super easy to fill and keeps the pups entertained for a long time! It's quiet which is something I personally enjoy while they chase it around the house. $11.87
Stuff-A-Ball Stuff with your pets favorite treats, a great way to keep them occupied and busy! $14.99
WestPaw Zogoflex Toppl Super durable and great for all ages. You can freeze your pups food in it, throw in a few treats and even snap the large and small together. $20.95
KONG We probably have 8 Kongs in our home. You can never have enough. It keeps our dogs busy, keeps them engaged, and tires them out. Also they love it so I love giving it to them. Sneak some peanut butter, cheese, or plain yogurt inside and mix it up with kibble or treats and your pups will be so happy! To make it last longer throw it in the freezer for a few hours. $12.99
Bark Busters Game Changer How to keep my pets busy for hours? Throw a few treats in here, they paw, dig, bark, throw it, roll on it and everything possible to get the treats out. Pro tip, make sure the treats are small enough to fit through the hole, otherwise you may get a very frustrated dog. Ziwi and Zukes treats fit great! You can use it with your kibble as well if it fits. $43.99
Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Puzzle Game I love the puzzle games by Nina Ottosson, don’t waste your money on level one (I promise), Level 2 and 3 are perfect!! Both Rossi and Maggie love these games, they both have different methods of playing, just like us. $19.72
iFetch Idig Digging Toy Rossi’s favorite toy! Hide some treats OR toys and let your pet dig away. This is the first and only digging toy for dogs, instead of reprimanding them for an innate desire let them dig (in an appropriate place). $59.99

Treats

I’m a huge fan of using a variety of treats and chews. Most of what I use is just meat – to prevent my dogs from getting an upset tummy, additional calories and to keep it healthy. If you’re asking yourself what are the best treats for goldendoodle’s or really any breed here are my top picks! We are also huge fans of real dog box and the majority of my treats come from there. Click here to learn more.

If you have a SUPER strong chewer the sure to refer to this blog post instead.

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Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Lamb $21.99 ($7.33 / Ounce)

Our #1 go to for training. With no added sugar, no grains, and additives it’s perfect for training. I don’t worry about giving them unhealthy items and they are working for meat/food which is fuel and helps them throughout the day. Not to mention even my pickiest dog clients (& Maggie) LOVE Ziwi.

Blue-9 Pet Inspire Dog Treats $9.95 ($9.95 / Count)

I love the size, how easy they are to break into small pieces and that there are no crumbs either. Great for training for puppies to adults.

ZIWI Peak Deer Hoofer $10.52

A longer lasting chew, something for our dogs to focus and chew on from Ziwi

ZIWI Beef Weasand Chews $12.48 ($4.99 / Ounce)

Delicious and healthy chews! These are great for a quick snack that help with oral health too.

Best Bully Sticks Odor-Free Bully Sticks $45.37 ($2.27 / Count)

Need to keep your pup busy and occupied? They will love these and you'll love they are odor free. Be careful some companies make theirs in China, this is the brand we use.

Nativo Naturals: Duck Num Nums

We love these in our household, even picky Maggie. Made by our friend Laura Nativo oh high quality meat and ingredients. The perfect size for training and won't leave a mess in our treat pouches.

Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Duck Training Treats For Dogs, 5 Ounce $5.69

I really like this company and probably the least expensive on this list (mins the box - that lasts me a month+). It's all human grade, farm raised and is actually sold at target (the only good treat company there IMO).

Full Moon Organic Human Grade Training Treats For Dogs $5.99

I really like this company and probably the least expensive on this list (mins the box - that lasts me a month+). It's all human grade, farm raised and is actually sold at target (the only good treat company there IMO).

Blue-9 Dog Training Treat Pouch $34.95 ($34.95 / Count)

This is my go to treat porch of the many I own. It has a zipper on the back to put my key or cards, the front pocket fits my phone and a quick closure to the treat section so no treats are spilled during our adventures.

Beginner dog training books to get you started on the right path

Photo Title Price Buy
Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend $23.94
Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right $9.99
The Puppy Primer $14.49
I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety. $4.95

I start training the day my puppy comes home. Are you ready to get training?  Click here to see what you need to get started and answers to common questions when starting training your doodle puppy.

What you need next?

  1. Starting dog training on the right paw.
  2. The first things to train your new puppy!
  3. Crate training made easy

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