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  • Food - only feed high quality 'puppy' food
  • Treats for training
  • Food dishes - always get separate water and food bowls which are Not attached to each other
  • Collar with license and ID tag
  • Leash
  • Flea comb and dog brush - dogs need to be groomed regularly
  • Carrier for small dogs
  • Training crate
  • Nail clippers - use caution when using nail clippers and never cut below the cuticle line in the nail
  • Dog toothbrush
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Dog bed or pallet
  • Doggie door if the dog will spend some time unsupervised in the yard
  • Get an 'easy to read' first aid, emergency book such as The First Aid Companion for Cats and Dogs or Pet First Aid


Feed PUPPY food to dogs less than one year old....even if they look big, their bones are still growing and they need puppy food. LARGE Breed puppies who are less than one year old (who will grow to be 60 lbs. or more) should be fed LARGE breed puppy food, such as Hill's Large Breed Puppy food. For small breed puppies, there are also specialty puppy foods, such Hill's Small Bites. If you are unsure as to your puppy's estimated adult weight, ASK your vet to give an estimate.