Puppies are arguably the CUTEST THING EVER!
So I got TWO before doing much research and I learned a lot from my mistakes.
Here are the mistakes I made that I don’t want you to make:
- On my way to pick up puppies I realized I did not have a carrier, so I stopped and bought an over priced carrier because I was in a hurry.
- When I brought my puppies home I put them on the carpet where they instantly went potty 😦
- I did not have a carpet cleaner so I wiped it off (oh this is a painful memory).
well I can go on but I’m feeling bad about myself now so let’s go to the list already.
PS- Puppies are not cheap and you’ll end up buying way too many toys and things they don’t really need. Have a budget of at least $120 to start off right.
Starter Must Have List:
- Dog carrier
- Puppy pads
- Puppy playpen- big room will overwhelm them and they won’t know where to go potty
- Carpet cleaner- this is my best friend!
- Puppy food – of course!
- Food/ water bowls
- Puppy treats- I underestimated the need for those, must have for training
- At least 2 chew toys to start- they need to chew them instead of your shoes
How much does this all add up to? Well I’m a college student so I went with lower prices luckily amazon has all kinds of prices.
(Click orange names to be linked to amazon for prices and more info)
- Carrier: a pet car seat carrier can work as both a car seat and a carrier- more for your money!
- Puppy Pads: Four Paw Wee Wee and there are some cheaper ones that work just the same. (I buy as many as I can find cause it’s too cold out at this time of the year)
- Puppy Playpen: you don’t NEED this if you have a small room in the house that has tile but I don’t so I bought this white playpen you can buy smaller one if you have small dog I like how the Etna Playpen looks.
- Carpet Cleaner:I got a portable Bissle cleaner that’s easy to wash ’cause it’ll end up smelling AWFUL if you don’t clean it daily .
- Puppy Food: totally up to you, I like grain free food (they’re not birds) so I started with blue buffalo when they got older I got them Pure Balance.
- Food/ Water bowl: up to your preference but the Neater Feeder is good ’cause puppies are messy eaters at first and this keeps the food from going everywhere.
- Puppy treats: I use soft treats like VetDogs and usually split them in half, half for each one of my puppies.
- Chew toys: There are SO MANY OPTIONS but I stick with affordable ones that last long like Xentyl, they’ve been tugging on these for 6 months now. (video in other posts) might want a chew bone too so it keeps your puppy busy.
Comment to ask any specifics this is a starter kit of the MUST HAVES, your needs might be a bit different depending on size & age of your new puppy and if you decide to make them outdoor or indoor only pets.
My two puppies:
If you prefer a video, here’s a link to my youtube video: