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Congratulations on your new dog! If you're reading this, you've likely considered adding a new dog to your home and now that you've found the perfect pet, you're ready to give them everything they need to get settled into their new home.
The supplies you need to welcome an adult dog are different than for a puppy. As new pet parents, you can rest easy knowing that while you likely won't need to purchase everything on this list the first day that your new dog comes home, having most of it at the ready will help you all sleep better, have more fun, and have less worries.
General Dog Supplies To Have
In addition to some activity-specific items to have on hand, like a leash and harness, there are some general dog supplies to have on hand that will make life easier.
A reflective or lighted dog leash is a smart choice for the times you find yourself out for walks after dark. Many leashes and harnesses are reflective, which helps, but can still be difficult to see. The Illumiseen LED dog leash is rechargeable, lasts for multiple walks, and with one click switches from bright solid or flashing lights all along with the length of the leash.
Choose a harness that is geared for the size of your dog. The more points of adjustability the better, as that will allow you to customize the fit for your dog. One harness that can do it all is the Road Trip Tested Dog Harness by Reddy. This one has two safety loops for securing to your vehicle's seatbelt. It also features four points of adjustment and has a handle on top, which can let you more easily hold them while in public or life them over steep terrain if necessary.
It's going to be time for a walk before you know it, so have a roll (or several) of poop bags close by. Picking up poop and tossing the bags is more pleasant when the poop bags are compostable like these Earth Rated Compostable Unscented Dog Poop Bags.
Dog ID Tag
Your pet will always know the way home, or at least someone can help them get home, if they have their name, phone number and address on a personalized, engraved dog ID tag like the Quick-Tag Neon Epoxy Bone. You might think that if your dog is always inside or outside on a leash with you that they won't need any tags. But things happen, and you just never know how or when your dog might escape or become lost. In addition to a dog ID tag, opt for a chip . . . but be sure to keep your information up to date with the chip company, otherwise you will be hard to track down.
Dog toothbrush and toothpaste
You want their teeth to stay as healthy as the rest of them, so a dog dental kit is a good investment. The Bark Bright Dental Kit For Dogs contains 30 dental chew sticks that you can top with the included 30-day supply of enzymatic toothpaste, or put on a finger toothbrush. Use a toothbrush, and especially, toothpaste, that are specifically designed for dogs. Many human toothpastes contain fluoride, which a dog should not use.
Chew Toys For Your New Dog
Rope chew toys
Pet parents know that dogs love to chew! If you don't give your dog something to chew on, they will find something to chew on . . . and it's most likely going to be something you would rather them not use as a chew toy, like your expensive leather sandals or your nice throw rug. Chew toys for your new dog will help them stave off boredom and have a safe, approved outlet for stress relief. Rope chew toys can satisfy even aggressive chewers.
Stuffable chew toys
Kong dog chew toys are a popular choice because they are durable, can go in the dishwasher, and can be stuffed full of treats or peanut butter to really make your dog happy.
Food Supplies For Your New Dog
Food bowls and water bowls
Dog food, water bowls and food bowls are a necessity. Elevated bowls are easy for large dogs to eat out of, and also can help to quell anxiety among dogs of any size. If they have to lower their heads to eat or drink, they can be worried about what they can't see and it can also be bad for their posture. Alleviate that concern with these Harmony Stainless Steel Double Diner elevated stainless steel bowls.
New Dog Bed and Crate
Your new dog probably won't come to their new home with their own dog bed or crate. Even for well-adjusted dogs, a new home environment can be stressful. It's a good idea to have a crate that your dog can go into if they need some "time out." The Humane Society recommends using a crate until dogs learn the rules of their new home. Everything is unfamiliar at this point, including their outside break routine. Let your new dog sleep in their crate until they are really relaxed and ready to be part of the household.
The Fur Haven Chaise Lounge dog bed will look great in any room in your house. Its L-shape accommodates both sprawlers and those who like head support. It's filled with egg crate orthopedic foam which will help cushion the joints and muscles of your new adult dog. (For more options, check out our article on the best dog beds for every style of sleeping.)
Dogs thrive on predictability, so the more you prepare ahead of time with the gear you need, the more you can relax. With the basics on this list on hand, you'll have sleeping, eating, exercise, and play time covered, so you can focus on really getting to know your new dog.