Adding a New Puppy to Your Family

Four Things To Buy For Your New Dog

by Arttu Kari

Bringing home a new dog can be an exciting event for your family, but your pet will need a few things to help get settled in his or her new home. Use this guide to help prepare for the arrival of your dog and give him or her a warm, welcoming place to live.

Engraved Dog ID Tags

When you take your dog to his or her first vet appointment, you may get a tag showing that the pet has received certain vaccinations. However, this isn't the only tag your dog needs. An engraved dog ID tag is important for helping people identify your pet if he or she ever gets lost. On one side of the tag, have your dog's name engraved. On the other side, have your cell phone or home phone number engraved. This way, anyone who finds your dog will be able to contact you.

Pet Bed

Giving your dog a place to sleep on his or her first night in your home can help you to begin a daily routine. Your new pet gets a place that belongs just to him or her, so your bed or other furniture becomes less tempting. You can work with a trainer to help get the dog to use the bed every night if you have issues with setting this routine on your own. Consider placing the bed in your bedroom so your new pet will feel secure with you nearby.


Dogs like to chew, and giving them something appropriate to chew on can help to prevent them from causing damage to your personal items or furniture. Invest in toys that are approved for dogs, and purchase a few different kinds so your pet can find the ones he or she loves best. You can also look for rawhide bones or other treats from your local pet food store you can use to reward your dog and provide even more alternatives to chewing on your personal items. Be sure to find toys and chew treats made just for your dog's size. Some larger bones might not be appropriate for small dogs or puppies, and some small toys might not be the best option for a large dog.

Leashes And Collars

Your new dog will need a new collar and leash, even if you don't plan on taking him or her for daily walks. The collar may be required by law in your area, and you may also be required to keep your dog on a leash, even when he or she is in your back yard. Be sure to check with your local government about leash and collar requirements, and work with your veterinarian to find the right styles to fit your dog's needs. Once you have the right combination of leash and collar, you can confidently take your new dog for walks in the neighborhood.

If you have questions about which types of items to purchase for your dog, consult with your veterinarian. Together, you can find the right accessories to keep your dog safe, happy, and healthy in his new home.