Taking your new puppy home is one of the best days of your life.
There’s so much hope and excitement for the future.
What’s he going to be when he grows up?
An athlete like Air Bud?
A mystery solver like Scooby Doo?
Or an exquisite foodie like the Taco Bell Chihuahua?
No matter what he grows up to be, he needs a few things to get him started.
Below is a checklist of all the accessories you need as a new puppy owner.
P.S. After this list, there are also some tips for how to get your puppy started off on the right foot.
There are many different leashes to choose from, but we’ve enjoyed this one because of the comfortable handle.
Most younger puppies will need a size small collar, although they will quickly grow into the next size up.
Most golden retriever owners (us included) go with the 42-inch crate.
We recommend this one because it has a divider, which will help your small puppy feel comfortable in it (and help ensure she doesn’t pee in it), and can be broken down quickly.
Make sure that whatever size crate you get, you get the same size bed.
The best way to travel with your puppy will be with them in a car harness or in a crate.
Since your puppy will grow quickly, we recommend the harness.
Small treats like these Zuke’s Minis are perfect for training since they’re low in calories, quick and easy to chew, and taste great (at least according to how much Oliver loves them).
We usually Oliver the chicken recipe, although he’s loved pretty much all of the different flavors.
Food & Water Bowls
The food bowl will likely be your new puppy’s favorite item.
It’s best to start your puppy out on what the breeder was feeding him, but if you feel like you want to make a change, just make sure to choose a food meant for large breed puppies.
To learn more about what to feed your golden retriever puppy, check out this article here.
You’ll be surprised at how sharp your puppy’s nails are, plus it’s good to get them used to getting their nails clipped as a puppy so they have no problems when they’re bigger and stronger.
Golden retrievers are obviously very fluffy and need to be brushed often.
Like the other grooming items in this list, it’s best to get them used to it early.
Like clipping their nails, it’s important to get puppies used to bath time when they’re young so that they have no issues when they’re older.
You’ll most likely be using this item a lot.
It’s important to use a cleaner that removes odors because if your puppy smells his pee on the carpet, he’ll keep going in the same spot.
We mostly use plastic bags from the grocery store, but the bag dispenser in this pack has been convenient for when we’re on the go.
There’s nothing like giving your puppy a new toy and watching her play with it.
Check out this post for the best toys for golden retriever puppies and how they help with training, but we’ve gone ahead and listed one of each type of toy below.
This was by far Oliver’s favorite toy as a puppy and is perfect for teething puppies.
Check it out on Chewy here (he had the size small).
This is a plush, squeaky toy that will keep your puppy busy for hours.
It’s also one of the most durable plush toys we’ve found (and we’ve tried a lot!).
Dental toys help clean your puppy’s teeth and massage their sensitive gums as they go through the teething process.
Interactive toys allow you to play and bond with your puppy, and are great for teaching or reinforcing commands like drop it, sit and stay.
The above list is for the bare necessities of what your puppy will need to get started.
Below are some extra things that, although are not necessary, have come in pretty handy.
Oliver has a knack for stepping in poop, whether it be his own or a neighbor dog’s, so, unfortunately, we’ve used these quite often.
Food Storage Container
This is great for keeping food fresh and in a convenient place.
Since we get the 25-pound bag of food, we get this container that holds 42 pounds of food.
Note that this container does not come with a scooper, so we recommend one like this that has measurements on it.
Exercise pens are great for confining your puppy to a smaller area while giving them more space to run around in than a crate.
Baby gates are perfect for restricting access to rooms and/or stairs.
Golden Retriever Puppy Handbook
Getting everything you need will help you physically prepare for your puppy, but you also need to mentally prepare for your puppy.
This book will help you know exactly what to do before you bring your puppy home, how to handle the first month (which is the toughest month!), and how to handle the common problem behaviors you’re likely to run into.
How To Prepare For Your New Puppy
Here’s a sneak preview from the Golden Retriever Puppy Handbook about 6 things you need to do to prepare for your new puppy:
- Get everything you need. The fact that you’re reading this list tells me you’ve got a head start on this step!
- Have all of your pup’s items ready to go. That means get their crate set up, have their food and water bowls in their designated places, and have a few welcome home toys set out to help your new pup have a great experience in your home right away.
- Find a veterinarian. You’ll want to make an appointment beforehand so that you can get your new puppy in, make sure they’re healthy, and started on the right foot with vaccinations, flea and heartworm prevention medicine, etc.
- Locate the nearest emergency animal hospital. This isn’t a fun step, but if there’s ever an emergency, you’ll be glad you did it. Find both the nearest hospital, and the nearest 24 hour hospital.
- Find a puppy kindergarten class. If you ask any trainer, breeder, or veterinarian how to have a well-behaved pup, nearly all of them will recommend joining a puppy kindergarten class. The socialization aspect alone is worth it.
- Puppy-proof your house and yard. Get down on your hands and knees to see what your puppy will be seeing (remember this: whatever can be chewed will be chewed), and make sure there are no puppy-sized holes that they could escape through in your backyard.
For more tips on how to raise your new golden retriever puppy, check out the Golden Retriever Puppy Handbook.
Although this might seem like a pretty big list, if you have it all when you bring your puppy home with you, it will make the transition time that much easier.
Plus, you won’t need to go shopping and can spend as much time as possible playing with your new best friend.
Take lots of pictures and videos!
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P.S. If you liked this article, you’ll love our Complete Guide To Raising A Golden Retriever Puppy.