22 things I wish I had when I brought my puppy home
- Before bringing your new puppy home, it's important to understand the responsibility you're furever committing to.
- They'll need basic supplies like a bed, collar, and leash, as well as specific things like dog toothpaste and shampoo to stay healthy.
- As someone who's had a dog for 15 years, here are 22 things I'd recommend having when you're ready to bring your pup home.
- And if you need more suggestions, check out our guide to the best puppy gear.
My good friend was recently inducted into the puppy parenthood society when she brought home a spunky Aussie doodle named Maggie (pictured above).
Meeting Maggie reminded me of my own dog Max, who was a mere pup 15 years ago. One time, he pooped on the hardwood floors while my parents were out frantically buying supplies at the last minute, so I scooped him up and kept him in the bathtub while I cleaned up the mess with paper towels.Read more: The best puppy gear to make your new dog feel at home
How hypocritical of me to preach about preparedness while I'm sticking my puppy in the bathtub, right? Well, I learned from my mistakes so you won't repeat them.
Making the decision to get a puppy - or any pet - shouldn't be taken lightly. They're living, breathing creatures that rely on us to take care of them, and that could be a lot of work. If you've done your research and come to the conclusion that your heart, home, and wallet are ready for the life-long commitment, then your next steps are to puppy-fy your home with all the proper supplies.
Here are 22 essentials like crates, training essentials, and toys you should have before bringing your new puppy home:
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