Congrats, You Got A New Puppy! A Puppy Checklist For First Time Owners

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You decided to add a new puppy to your family? Congrats! Deciding to adopt or buy a new pet is always a big life decision. Puppies and even adult dogs can be a lot of work, and we have a checklist of helpful resources to get you started!

White puppy in mess of paint with "New Puppy Checklist" and Wagging Around Greenville headline

Dog’s Basic Needs Checklist

  • Food
  • Food & Water Dishes
  • Bed
  • Collar / Leash
  • ID tag
  • Toys
  • Enrichment Toys
    Things that stimulate the dog’s brain and cause them to solve a problem to gain a treat reward. (Example: Filled Kong, Baked Butcher bone filled with marrow)

Traveling With Your Dog

  • Regular/Travel Crate
  • Seatbelt
  • A Seat Cover For The Car
  • Travel food/water bowls
  • Poop bags

Getting Your Dog Medical Attention In Greenville, SC

Training & Boarding Your Dog In Greenville, SC

Keeping Your Dog Groomed & Clean

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Dog Ear Cleansing Solution
  • Nail Clippers
  • Styptic Powder
    A dog’s nails have blood vessels running down into them. If you trim too much, the bleeding is hard to stop without this powder.
  • Toothcare brush
  • Grooming Brush
  • Find a Reputable Groomer To Help

Puppy Proofing Your Home

We hope this list helps you enjoy and properly care for the newest member of your family!

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids and their 2 guinea piggies. Having grown up wanting to work with animals, she now enjoys sharing her love of creatures with Wagging Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom

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