One of the most exciting things about getting a new puppy is, apart from the new puppy him/herself, going shopping to prepare for the new arrival. Well, perhaps it’s just me and shopping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s got to be done, hasn’t it? We left most of the shopping for essentials till two weeks before we brought home our puppy, as we had the time on our annual holiday to do it. Believe me, shopping with the whole family is rarely a stress free event, but I wanted everyone to have an input. So whilst we were holidaying in the Cotswolds last year, we found a little pets supply shop called Pets Corner in Stratford-upon-Avon and ventured in there.
I cannot sing its praises enough, as the staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. Alas, there is not a branch near where we live, but I have since found their website very user friendly should you wish to order online. So if anyone’s finding the shopping side of things a bit daunting, here’s a puppy checklist which I hope will be helpful. I can only write about our own experience, what we initially bought, and how we found the products as tested out by our very own Golden Retriever pup Brett.
I must state from the outset that some of the products in this post are Amazon affiliated, so if you click through and make a purchase from Amazon UK, I shall be paid a small commission. I am not being sponsored by any products, so all the links provided are what I can find the best deals on currently. As a brand new dog parent, I have spent hundreds of pounds on pet products, only to wish that I have found a better deal sooner, so I’m starting a dog products review section in the hope of helping fellow new dog parents to find some good buys, especially in the UK. All prices are correct at the time of writing this post, however they may vary from time to time.
So without further adieu, here’s the initial puppy essentials product checklist. I’ve divided it into 4 parts: