Inviting your first dog into your home is a magical time, not just for you, but for the lucky pet as well. After all, this is the start of a long relationship hopefully spanning many years, and the addition of a new family member.

In order to ensure that the process goes as smooth as possible, we have curated a selection of things you should keep in mind. Do you think you know all about dogs already? Then you might want to try this funny quiz that will surely teach you a thing or two, and provide some fun entertainment. Enjoy!

Food and Water

While a dog can do without most things on day one, food and water are two things that you will certainly need to prepare ahead of time. Dog food is readily available in most grocery stores, but there are different kinds for certain breeds, as well as dog food for different age groups, so be sure to select the correct type.

We also recommend that you find a waterbowl suited for the size and type of dog you have, since some dogs might have trouble drinking water out of specific bowls. If in doubt, do some research online on your specific type of breed beforehand.

Leash or Harness

Every dog needs to be taken on walks from time to time. Some working dogs like the Siberian Husky will need several 30 minute walks per day, while others can do with shorter walks.

Depending on where you live, there might be requirements for keeping your dog on a leash at all times when outside. But even if you live in a more relaxed area, it is a good idea to keep your new dog on a leash for the first time, until you get it properly trained.

Dog Bed or Comfortable Blanket

Dogs love to lay around during the day, just watching the world go by. So be sure to buy a nice blanket, or even dog bed of a fitting size, to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your new furry friend.

And even if the dog will sleep in your bed, the dog will appreciate being able to lie down while watching you work in your home office for instance.

Grooming Supplies

While perhaps not crucial for the very first day, some dog breeds will need to be groomed on a regular basis. The earlier you introduce the concept of a dog brush and other grooming tools, such as nail trimmers, the more at ease your dog will be, and the less of a struggle it will be for you.


If you are the proud new owner of a small puppy, toys are not only a great way of bonding with your dog, but it can also serve a more practical purpose. By providing your puppy with toys, it will provide an outlet for biting and chewing, hopefully making it easier for you to train your dog not to bite your shoes or other items.

These are some of the most important items that you will need for your new dog. There are also other practical things to consider, such as insuring and registering your dog, as well as finding a good local veterinarian in case your puppy needs medical attention. Thanks for reading!

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