13 Must-Have Items in Your New Puppy Checklist

by Suzie Cyrenne January 13, 2023 6 min read

13 Must-Have Items in Your New Puppy Checklist

Making sure that you’ve got all the stuff in your new puppy checklist is no doubt one of the very first steps in giving your pooch the quality of life he truly deserves. Besides seeing to it that your pup has everything he needs to stay comfy and happy, doing so also helps take care of any “accidents” that may happen along the way.

This is why I’ve listed down all the must-have items to get your hands on if you’re planning to take in a new canine family member in the near future. Without further ado, I’ll walk you through them right now so you can get started in no time.


The 13 Items you Need to Have in your New Puppy Checklist

Item #1: Puppy crate

Cute puppy dog is looking out from a pet crate

Did you know that having a puppy crate serves two key purposes?

First, it helps train your new canine family member’s bladder so he will be slowly eased into having a regular schedule of answering the call of nature. Second, having one also helps prevent your very young pooch from randomly chewing on household items like the furniture, the carpet, as well as appliances.


Item #2: Food bowl

puppy eating from a metal bowl

Giving your puppy an exclusive food bowl gives him the notion that he is fed at set times every day. Apart from fostering peace of mind in your new pooch at a very young age, this also helps train him to finish all of his food. Shallow, stainless-steel bowls work best for puppies since they are very durable and really easy to clean.


Item #3: Collar

 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Head shot

A collar provides security and training for your new puppy. Since you can put a name tag and contact details on it, this device can help you locate your pooch should he unexpectedly wander off and also act as a guide when you eventually have leash training with him.

While there are a number of puppy collar options to choose from, go for the softest material that you can find. This is to keep unwanted skin issues like rashes and irritation at bay. An abrasive collar can also possibly cause hair loss if not immediately taken care of.


Item #4: Toys

Dachshund puppy playing orange toy

Toys not just provide entertainment for your puppy. They also help your pooch to learn new things and take his mind off inappropriate behavior like chewing stuff around the house. Just make sure you go for durable varieties that do not break or splinter easily to avoid potentially dangerous situations like choking and intestinal blockage.


Item #5: Puppy brush

 Brush grooming on a young Shetland sheepdog

Using a puppy brush helps distribute natural oils in your pet’s coat. Apart from keeping it looking shiny and full, regular brushing also gets rid of unwanted dirt and gunk that can cause matting and clumping of hair. Moreover, it is crucial to choose a brush that complements the length and thickness of your puppy’s coat.


Item #6: Name tag

puppy wearing a name tag

The main purpose of a name tag is to inform others who to get in touch with and where to return your puppy in case he gets lost. You can even put additional information on it like your complete address (if the space allows), your pup’s possible medical needs, as well as a personal message.


Item #7: Wet wipes

vet wipes puppy's face

Welcoming a new puppy means going through lots of “accidents” here and there. Since your young pooch is still learning how to properly control his bladder and bowel movement, wet wipes offer a convenient solution when these situations take place. I highly recommend going for the unscented variety to stave off the possibility of skin irritation.


Item #8: Leash

puppy walking on leash

Having a leash in your new puppy checklist is not just a helpful tool when guiding your young pooch navigating his way around. It also encourages him to learn the value of discipline and respect during his most crucial development stages.


Item #9: Puppy food

puppy eating on bowl

When it comes to shopping for puppy food, simply getting your hands on the first thing you see is not the way to go. It is crucial to look into the ingredients, the nutritional value, and the overall amount of calories to make sure that your young pooch is getting the most out of every bite.

Pro-tip: Make sure you vary your puppy's meals from time to time. You can either alternately give him moist puppy food and dry kibble, or occasionally combine the two in one meal. This is to prevent your pup from having the idea that mealtimes are boring, which could make him a picky eater in the long run.

(And if you’re looking to learn more about the foods a dog can and cannot eat, just click here.)


Item #10: Puppy chews and treats

feeding puppy with treats

Unlike what a lot of people mistakenly think, puppy treats and chews are more than just goodies you give to your pet when he learns how to successfully pull off a trick. A study published in Frontiers reveals that giving treats on a regular basis actually strengthens your bond with your pup.

Moreover, these things are also loaded with added nutrients to help boost your pet’s growth and development. Just remember to keep clear from chews and treats that contain artificial flavorings, as well as those that have too much salt or sugar since these can have a negative effect on your canine family member’s health sooner or later.


Item #11: Blanket

puppy sleeping under a blanket with stuffed toy

Since his body is still growing and developing, your puppy needs a bit of help when it comes to regulating his temperature, especially during colder seasons. This is where a handy blanket comes in.

While any blanket made from soft material will already suffice, keep in mind that it should also be lightweight to prevent the possibility of suffocation or some other untoward incidents.

Item #12: Poop bags

puppy holding a poop bag

As I have emphasized earlier, your puppy is still at the point of learning how to control his bladder and bowel movement. Having poop bags at the ready can help you deal with any unwanted “accidents” inside or outside.

Besides staving off the spread of harmful bacteria in your pup’s waste that can lead to sickness, using a poop bag is also very easy and convenient. There are even varieties available these days that are made from environment-friendly materials.

Item #13: Water bowl

puppy drinking water from a metal bowl at home

Having a water bowl in your new puppy checklist helps ensure that your canine family member will stay hydrated throughout the day. Sufficient hydration is not just required for his overall growth and development, but also plays a key role in maintaining the ideal functions of his muscles, kidneys, lungs, heart, and brain.

I recommend going for a shallow, stainless steel water bowl since it is easy to clean and can take a lot of beating before breaking down.

And now that we’ve covered all the things you need in your new puppy checklist, let’s discuss the importance of boosting your pet’s immunity as early as now…


The Importance of Boosting your Puppy’s Immune System Health

Helping your pet build a strong and resilient immune system at an early age plays a very important role when it comes to keeping him as healthy and happy as can be. And Zumalka’s IMMUNOPET is designed to help you do just that through natural means.

IMMUNOPET is formulated to support your young dog’s immune system by not just improving his overall white blood cell count but enhancing his hemoglobin levels as well. Additionally, this natural product also acts as a purifier of blood and lymph nodes to stave off any potential health issues.

Helping your puppy achieve a sturdy immune system when he’s still very young can mean the difference between giving him the best quality of life and the contrary. Having IMMUNOPET in your home pet care checklist will help make the whole thing more manageable.



Keeping in mind to have all the stuff in your new puppy checklist is essential to ensure that your canine family member will not just be happy, but also on his way to the quality of life you’ve always wanted.

And just to be extra sure that your new furbaby won’t be in for any unexpected health issues anytime soon, don’t forget to contact us immediately when you notice any indications of illness.

Suzie Cyrenne
Suzie Cyrenne


Suzie Cyrenne co-founded Zumalka over five years ago, and has worked in naturopathic pet medicine for more than six. Day-to-day, she works as the lead manager for the Zumalka staff and specializes in training the team to have thorough knowledge of pet health and the company’s extensive line of naturopathic remedies.

Suzie has gained a lot of experience from years spent in the pet health field and she earned her degree in Homeopathy at the School of Classical Homeopathy in Quebec, Canada, (a partner of the European Academy of Natural Medicine (AEMN) in France).

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