New Dog Checklist: Everything You Need to Buy for An Adult Dog

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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.


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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.


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:

Dog toothbrush and toothpaste

Bark Bright Dental Kit for Dogs

$32.99 at Petco


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.


Only use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs. Many human toothpastes have fluoride, which is bad for dogs.
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Chew toys for your new dog

AMZPets Rope Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers

$11.75 at Amazon



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.


Choose a sturdy rope chew toy.
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KONG Classic Stuffable Dog Chew Toys

$7.99 - $19.99 at Amazon


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 Bowls and Water Bowls

Harmony Stainless Steel Double Diner Bowls

$32.99 at Petco


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.

Elevate food and water bowls for good posture and less anxiety.
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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.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.



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