Being a puppy parent requires patience and preparation. We’ve prepared a few puppy supplies checklists to help you meet your puppy’s needs. Most of these items are available at The Whole Dog Market!

The Basics

  • Food: An all-natural puppy or all life stages formula. Puppies generally require more calories and nutrients for growth.
  • Treats: Small, all-natural treats are great for rewarding good behavior.
  • Hard bones: Antlers and Nylabones are essential for a teething puppy (~4-5 months).
  • Toys: Chew toys can curb destructive behavior, while interactive toys like treat-release Kongs and puzzles stimulate the mind.
  • Collar & leash: We recommend a martingale collar and a 6′ leash.
  • Crate: Of appropriate size — your puppy should be able to comfortably stand up and turn around in their crate.
  • ID Tag/and or microchip: It should include your contact info in case your puppy becomes lost.
  • Food & water bowls: Ceramic, travel, & non-slip stainless steel bowls are our favorites.
  • Bed: We recommend an inexpensive bed for your puppy while unsupervised. Higher quality beds are available to suit your decor.
  • Stain & odor remover: An essential during the potty training period.

Grooming & Health

  • Ear cleaner: Clean after each bath or at least monthly.
  • Cotton balls: For use with the ear cleaner.
  • Thermometer: Your dog’s temperature should be between 100 – 102.5°F.
  • Vaseline or KY Jelly: For rectal thermometer application.
  • Brush & comb: We recommend a slicker brush and a metal comb for long-haired breeds.
  • Saline: To clean any minor cuts/scrapes and to flush eyes if needed.
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste: We recommend brushing your dog’s teeth twice a week.
  • Puppy shampoo: Choose shampoo that is gentle, tearless, and sulfate-free.
  • Flea preventative: Fleas can live year-round in the Southern U.S.


Socialization is a skill that can be lost without practice. Your puppy will benefit from exposure to other dogs, people, environments, and distractions as early as possible. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is in the first three months of life.” Remember to socialize your puppy safely by keeping up with vaccines. Avoid dog parks and areas with lots of dog traffic until your puppy is fully vaccinated. Try setting up play dates with your friend’s dogs that you know are vaccinated.