Shopping List For New Puppy Owners
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The MOST IMPORTANT tool in your puppy training toolkit?
A puppy training eCourse Puppy Training 101 that everyone can access (the kids too!) online to show you the fastest path through scary things like house training. You’ll find loads of nonsense online when looking for answers about how to train your new puppy, trust me I’ve been at this over 30 years I know.
Little Puppy Training 101 is written with the new puppy owner in mind, from an hourly schedule on daily care, three chapters on potty training, play biting, grooming techniques, finding the right veterinarian, groomer, the proper puppy food, and more. It’s even available as an instant download if you’re not buying a puppy from Foxglove. Everyone needs to know how to raise (and cope with) a new puppy!
(Don’t buy it if you’re adopting a Foxglove puppy, it’s included with your puppy kit!)
What do I need to buy for my new puppy?
I get asked all the time, "So, what products do you recommend?" If you are wondering as well, this page was written just for you!
The average trip to the local pet emporium can be mind boggling. New puppy owners often have a long list of what they think they need for their new puppy, but come home only to find they've forgotten some of the most essential items or worse yet, spent a small fortune and ended up with a host of wrong or ineffective products in place of what they really needed. Here is a comprehensive list of low and higher budget items, all of which will make life with your new puppy a doggone delight!
Keep in mind, you can pick and choose to a certain extent, but having the right tools in your hands from the very beginning of your journey as a new puppy owner will save you hours of time and much trouble retracing your steps back to the most family-friendly, practical and effective puppy products on the market today.
Best Puppy Crate
Here’s your first big decision, wire vs: plastic crate?
The first thing you'll need for that new puppy? A crate for overnight sleeping quarters. Here's a rather basic but perfectly serviceable option. Moderately priced and good value, an excellent size for breeds up to 25 pounds adult size. This utilitarian crate is small enough to ensure puppy stays clean overnight but not too cramped to be comfortable. (Remember Puppy People, use a small crate like this one mainly for sleeping quarters at night. Short periods of daytime use are OK, an hour or two tops, any longer daytime crating needs to be done in a larger space like those listed below).
Though most people prefer this open wire crate, I actually slightly prefer (and I think puppies do too) the plastic Ultra Vari Kennel listed below. I think the closed space is more naturally den-like to a small puppy and feels less likely to allow potty accidents. It's not a big issue with me, so choose whichever you prefer, just be sure to make good use of it, whichever you choose!
best puppy playpen
Here's my favorite daytime option for keeping your puppy contained and comfy. Large enough (36.8 x 24.2 x 26 inches) to give your puppy room for a bed on one side and toys, food and water dishes on the other. I have this set up in my kitchen, it's super cute and what I love most is that it can be used without the top to give puppy a feeling of freedom while still keeping her safe and off the carpet! (Remember Puppy People, puppies need lots of structure and NO access to carpet until they have been "accident free" for 5 days : ) Here's my article on how to safely increase your puppy's "safe zone" one paw at a time.
Structure is the new puppy owner's friend.
I tell puppy owners to create a puppy friendly space, in a room where you can put puppy's crate (or LOVE the Richell pen, a bit pricey but everyone who see's it in my kitchen begs to take it home!) and that becomes your puppy's main area until she's reliably house trained.
Only give access to other parts of the house when your puppy has been out to potty, is presumably "empty" and tethered to a responsible human who can monitor puppy and prevent accidents.
The more accidents you prevent, the quicker your puppy will be house trained!
Best Puppy Gates
These Richell gates are wonderful. They are well made, look great, and are so functional. Highly recommended to create attractive yet effective puppy containment! Use baby gates to create a safe zone for your puppy. I suggest the kitchen or laundry room, or a family central area that keeps puppy close to the action but is is a carpet-free zone. That you'll want an area with an easy to clean floor goes without saying : )
So now there's no excuse for not confining your puppy to an easy to clean carpet free surface! This 192-Inch model is a carpet lifesaver!
best walk-through puppy gates
If you have an opening that will allow a walk-through gate, even better! You'll appreciate being able to open doors with one hand. Stairs can be addressed easily if need be with the same sort of barrier.
best indoor/outdoor puppy yards
These little "Ex Pens" are WONDERFUL to have in your new puppy toolkit! I've used these from our first litter onwards and always when traveling to dog shows, going camping, anything I want puppies safe and yet able to go potty and exercise a bit & they are inexpensive and amazing! IF you are potty training a new puppy, this single item will make the process go so much quicker. Young puppies are often reluctant to go potty while on the leash, of course that comes with time but this little pen set up out in the backyard in a shady potty spot can as one client recently told me "It' works like a miracle!" Enough said!
I recommend a combination of these for inside and outside the house, a quick & portable option when I want to have a small exercise area that can be moved and stored with little effort.
The versions below are nice if you have an open floor plan and still want a puppy play area (YES!) that will keep your puppy happy and not just hidden away in a dark crate and no interaction with the rest of the family. The white version is more of a square option for tighter quarters.
The BestPet is a super playpen to use outdoors, it's sturdy and has a black powder-coat finish. My favorite outside play area for families who lack a fenced yard. Puppies benefit immensely if they are allowed to run and play and use up puppy energy a few times a day.
*** Remember Puppy People "A tired puppy is a GOOD PUPPY!" ***
my favorite advice to new puppy owners?
Puppies that live on a leash with little or no time to just unbend and romp to their heart's content and wear themselves out are often puppies that chew, don't sleep well at night and are generally more troublesome than puppies who have enjoyed daily periods of just being allowed to be dogs!"
in my new book on puppy training i recommend a COMBINATION of 4 inexpensive options to help your puppy navigate through puppyhood and potty training with ease!
This size for night-time sleeping or traveling, feels like a den, closed sides make it puppy cozy. (If you added a shipping bundle to your cart, this is included : )
This works well as a larger play area and is big enough to put toys, a food and water dish and give puppy room to play when you go shopping.
This size for daytime play area up to 3 hours at a time.
LOVE THIS FOR OUTDOOR PORTABLE POTTY YARD! This single tool will help make potty training so much easier!
Here's a great way to help your favorite puppy lover swoon, an Amazon gift card to make puppy supply shopping simple!
Simple is good!
best underseat airline carriers
(Warning! You don't want to get this one wrong!)
Traveling with Fido? You'll need the RIGHT SIZE under the seat carrier, MOST of what is advertised is tooooo small for a comfortable journey for your puppy. It's no fun traveling with a cramped puppy, trust me on this one, get a large enough travel container! I've had owners rave about how much they like the Teafco Argo Petagon, I love the upscale look and rich textured fabric, very nicely made and looks like it came from a ritzy doggie boutique!
"We were hesitant about getting a bag that went beyond the dimensional regulations for pet carriers with Southwest Airlines, but took the risk as this one was "airline approved". The airline didn't hesitate to permit the bag and most other people didn't realize that we had our dog traveling with us until we let him poke his head out of the top. I will say the height and length of large bag is really the max size that fits under the seat, but the width is narrow enough to allow for just enough space on either side to stretch my legs."
The Snoozer Roll Around also get's high marks if you want the ease of a pull-along dog trolley that again, will fit nicely under the seat when you fly (read the reviews, this one requires a bit of fiddling to tuck it properly but everyone loves it anyway!)
Basic Dog Beds for inside crate
Remember, your puppy comes fully equiped with her own warm fluffy coat, sometimes a smaller bed leaves room for your puppy to cool off and lay on the tray of her kennel. You'll be surprised at how often, given the choice she'll stretch out on a surface free of warm bedding. Of course in chilly temps all puppies love to cuddle in a cuddly bed, but giving them options is always a good idea.
Cesar Millan has a mind of his own but his advice is often spot-on and will help you learn to lead. Remember,,, puppies LOVE it when we take our position as the leaders in their lives.
Dog Supplements by Agatha's Apothecary
As CEO and founder (along with my good dog Agatha) of Agatha's Apothecary, it's been my passion to help puppy owners keep their puppies healthy for the long term. If there was one lesson I wish every new dog owner would learn, it's that it is impossible for dog food alone to keep your puppy healthy for a lifetime.
With the incredible health challenges our dog's encounter on a daily basis, from toxic flea control products and chemically treated lawns from tainted rawhides to dog foods that lack adequate nutrition, these real threats mean we must take steps to ensure our puppies grow up to be healthy adult dogs.
I promise that Agatha's Apothecary will only offer proven products that will give your new puppy her very best start in life. From powerful probiotics to natural flea prevention, I've gathered the very best pet nutritional supplements on the planet. I'm so proud of my sweet Agatha and these products, she has been the inspiration for the start of something amazing. If you don't know her story, or the reason we began this journey 6 years ago, you can read more here.
I know our products will help pets live happier + healthier lives, it's my joy to share them with pet owners everywhere.
best puppy food
Puppy food choices,,, it's enough to make your head spin. I've decided that though there are numerous options (and opinions) of what is the best, those opinions change all the time depending on who you consult. Natural Balance is a top of the line puppy to adult food with limited ingredients, no grain and a proven track record of excellence and healthy happy puppies to boot!
best puppy appetite ENHANCER
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
It is literally a life-saver for small or weak puppies. More importantly, for the new puppy owner, Agatha's Elixir is an yummy tasting, easy to use liquid, packed with prebiotics, enzymes, vitamins and herbs that support your growing puppy in a multitude of happy ways.
A squirt over the top of puppy's kibble helps ensure she will eat happily after the competition of littermates is a thing of the past.
Puppies can be notoriously picky eaters and puppy moms often spend a lot of time worrying that they are not eating enough. This potent little elixir will keep blood sugar levels stable and over time will help your puppy eat with the gusto of a hound dog, well, almost : )
best puppy training treats and snacks
I'm not a fan of poor quality "junk food" for puppies and always like to point puppy people to options like those available from The Honest Kitchen (these haddock treats are amazing for potty training by the way!). Just remember, don't let your puppy fill up on even nutritious treats, but use them sparingly as an earned reward to help speed house training along etc.
Yummy little snacks that will have puppy sitting for more! Or pottying or coming on recall, you get the idea puppy person!
the best potty training treat!
I really want to love these Honest Kitchen Quickies more (GOSH, Puppies LOVE THESE!) but they smell realllly fishy!) Perhaps worth the icky smell for the accelerated learning from your super motivated puppy! 5 Reluctant Stars! *****
Another option that works well for the recall (and potty training!) just keep them to a minimun as an EARNED reward (they are kinda rich!)
These Blue Buffalo Mini Blue Bars are more of a snack than a training treat. Nice to toss one into the playpen or crate when puppy goes in for a nap or so mom can cook dinner!
Puppy Potty Supplies
Be sure that you have a good quality stain and odor remover before puppy comes home. Rocco & Roxie make a great product, you want an enzymatic cleaner so accident odors and stains are completely removed not just covered over!
For those Puppy People who need an indoor potty option. If you've read my book on Puppy Training 1o1, you'll know that I'm not typically a fan of teaching a puppy to use pads in the house. I understand there are exceptions to every rule and here are a few choices if you decide that it's necessary in spite of the Puppy Diva's disapproval : )
Just get a bottle! If you don't get anything else for your new puppy, buy a bottle of my AMAZING spray cleaner, trust me you'll need it and it will make any indiscretions on the part of your puppy a thing of the past! (it’s also fantastic for making anything from kitchen counters to the bathroom floors smell fresh and pepperminty and make you look like a house-cleaning Ninja!)
For those rash puppy people who ignore Puppy Rule #4 (Puppy is not allowed on carpet until completely housetrained. OR briefly when "empty" and tethered to a responsible puppy attendee.
Flea Free naturally! Agatha's Natural Flea remedy & Wondercide products for pets and people!
I'm a big fan of wondercide products and their natural and safe options to deal with everything from mosquitoes at your barbecue to flea and tick control on the family pets. Keep in mind, these are not nuclear weapons and will require faithful use to be the most effective. I tell EVERYONE to add a scoop of Agatha's Apothecary Natural Flea Remedy to their puppy's daily diet. Combination of the right products will keep Fido flea and tick free naturally!
best puppy toys Give the dog a bone or a ball! (Safe chewing options for teething puppies)
Such a fun way to dispense kibble, help your puppy use his brain and make his dinner time interesting too!
These can be a real comfort for homesick puppies!
best puppy leads, harness & collar options
Let me start out by saying I prefer a lead and collar (yes the proper term used by the doggie pros is "LEAD". Harnesses are popular and I'm OK with their use as long as we don't turn our puppies into sled dogs. Using a harness can encourage your puppy to pull,,, that's why we use them on horses, you don't see them pulling wagons with collars on their necks, point made : )
Puppy Safe cleaners -Norwex- Chemical free
Chemical Free - Easy - Safe to use - Environmentally minded
Those are some of the reasons I use the Norwex enviro cloth here at Foxglove Farm. The micro silver antibacterial agent in these cloths do wonders for our puppies and us!
BacLock - micro silver antibacterial agent only needs water to remove up to 99% of bacteria when following proper care
made up of more than 10 million feet of fiber 1/200th of a human hair
Super absorbent. Light weight. BackLock micro silver antibacterial agent. Cuts drying time.
When puppies' muddy and wet feet come in from romping and playing outside, the pet mitt comes to my rescue!