New puppy? What to put on your new puppy shopping list.

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. Lastly, down the road I would pack a bag of emergency items, you can read about that here.

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

Potty training

Photo Title Price Buy Notes
SKOUT'S HONOR: Professional...image Skout’s Honor: Urine Destroyer $20.14
Alpha Paw -...image Alpha Paw - Odor Eliminating Pee Pads for Dogs, Extra Thick Disposable Leak-Proof Dog Pads, Quick-Dry, Non-Slip Backing, Unscented, With Pheromones To Attract Your Dog $29.99
Artificial Grass Puppy...image The Indoor Restroom Puppy Potty Trainer $22.95
Original Snuggle Puppy...image Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy, warm and with an aritifial heartbeat to help your pet adjust to their crate and new home $39.95
MidWest Homes for...image MidWest Homes for Pets Foldable Metal Dog Exercise Pen / Pet Playpen. Black w/ door, 24'W x 36'H $56.02
Petmate Ultra Vari...image Petmate Ultra Vari Dog Kennel for Small to Medium Dogs (Durable, Heavy Duty Dog Travel Crate, Made with Recycled Materials, 28 in. Long) 25 to 30 lbs $92.69
Diggs Revol Dog...image Diggs Dog Crate (Collapsible Dog Crate). $356.99

Our favorite go to crate. Save 10% on all Diggs items here 

Diggs Groov Dog...image Groov Dog Toy/Interactive Dog Toys $34.00

We love the Groov product by diggs, it hooks onto the side of the crate and keeps your pet busy and relaxed. Save 10% here. 

Brindle Waterproof Designer...image Brindle Waterproof Designer Memory Foam Pet Bed-Removable Machine Washable Cover-4 Inch Orthopedic Pet Bed-Joint Relief $84.99

The waterproof beds we use in our crates.

MidWest Homes for...image MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Crate Cover, Privacy Dog Crate Cover Fits MidWest Dog Crates, Machine Wash & Dry $29.15


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.

Photo Title Info Price Buy
KONG - Puppy...image 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! 

KONG - Ballistic...image KONG - Ballistic Hide 'n Treat

This has remained a favorite in our house from puppies to adults, we love this toy. Note it is not super difficult and not for the super chewers.

KONG Puppy Tires...image 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.

Petstages Deerhorn Antler...image Petstages Deerhorn Antler Alternative Dog Chew Toy, Medium

Petstages bone is a great alternativ to antlers for teething puppies, without the choicking hazzard of antlers these are a great alternative that feels good toteething puppies.

Orka Bone 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.

Dog Rope Toy...image Puppy Rope Pet Chew (small to medium dogs)

Rope toys often feel great for teethng puppies and you cna freeze them too! They can shread them apart and areflossing their teeth too! 

$9.99 ($9.99 / Count)
ADUCK Pet Puppy...image Jax & Bones Rope toy (med- large dogs)

Rope toys often feel great for teethng puppies and you cna freeze them too! They can shread them apart and areflossing their teeth too! 


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.

Photo Title About Price Buy
Paw 5 Dog...image 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...image 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. $11.99
KONG Stuff-A-Ball -...image Stuff-A-Ball Stuff with your pets favorite treats, a great way to keep them occupied and busy! $15.99
West Paw Design...image 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. $24.95
KONG - Classic...image 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. $13.99
Outward Hound Nina...image 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. $8.56
iDig Stay Digging...image 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). $99.99
KONG Wobbler Dog...image KONG Wobbler Dog Toy Who doesn't love the kong wobbler, endless fun and not super quick to solve! $20.99


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!

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

Photo Title Price Info Buy
ZIWI Peak Good...image Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Lamb/Beef/Venison $11.78 ($3.93 / oz)

(Or save 20% off your order directly from Ziwi with code Maggie20) 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 Inspire Dog...image Blue-9 Pet Inspire Dog Treats

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.

Pupford Freeze Dried...image Freeze-Dried Training Treats from Pupford $15.99 ($4.00 / oz)

(Or get 10% off on their site with code nicole10) I absolutely love the Pupford treats, they are small and low-calorie and the dogs love them. These are a go-to in my training sessions and all the dogs love them. The size is perfect for both training and their treat balls (in our mental enrichment section). 

These are available in Chicken, Beef Liver, Rabbit and Sweet Potato.

Full Moon All...image Full Moon All Natural Human Grade Duck Training Treats For Dogs, 5 Ounce (97541) $7.49 ($1.50 / oz)

I really like this company and probably the least expensive on this list. The duck is my go to, these are soft treats so be sure to seal that bag well. It's all human-grade, farm-raised and is actually sold at target (the only good treat company there IMO).

Northwest Naturals Raw...image Northwest Naturals Raw Rewards Freeze-Dried Treats $29.99 ($3.00 / oz)

I generally stay away from freeze-dried treats for training simply because they are super messy and distracting. But gosh, dogs go CRAZY for these, especially the white fish. So if you are looking for a great item to reward when your dog does amazing I really would consider these. Also great for your mental environment games

Full Moon USDA...image Full Moon USDA Organic Chicken Training Treats Healthy All Natural Dog Treats Human Grade 175 Treats $8.49 ($1.42 / oz)

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

ZIWI Venison Hoofer...image ZIWI Venison Hoofer - Small Deer Dog Bone – All Natural, Novel Single Protein, Air-Dried Treat for Gentle Chewers $13.02

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

Full Moon Wild...image Full Moon All Natural Wild Jerky

I love these Bison treats because it's a rare protein most dogs do really well on it, I haven't seen a dog not excited to eat these and they are easy to rip tiny smaller pieces for training.

Best Bully Sticks...image Best Bully Sticks Odor-Free Bully Sticks $54.99 ($2.75 / 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.

ZIWI Dog Chews...image ZIWI Dog Chews Treats – All Natural, Air-Dried, Single Protein, Grain-free, High-Value Treat, Snack, Reward (Beef Weasand) 2.5 Ounce (Pack of 1) $15.00 ($6.00 / oz)

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

Blue-9 Inspire Dog...image Blue-9 Dog Training Treat Pouch

This is my go to treat bag 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...image Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend $11.99
Perfect Puppy in...image Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right $9.99
The Puppy Primer The Puppy Primer $14.95
I'll be Home...image I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety. $4.95
Mine! A Practical...image Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs $14.49

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.

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