Checklists for the perfect fit puppy accessories

A new dog is always a great adventure. When the puppy first moves in, it is even greater adventure. Our checklist of accessories will help you keep track of everything!

The initial equipment: what accessories does my puppy need?

Basically, a few things are essential to get started: a place to sleep, the right puppy food, and basic equipment for your puppy in the form of a collar, leash, and dog toys. But which equipment is the right one, you can get lost in details as a dog owner. Bed or pillow? Single drinking bowl or shared bowls for water and food? What do I really need to transport my puppy? Which toy is the right one?

With our checklists, which have been created using the vast knowledge and experience of the editors of Haustiermagazin, you will find useful information about puppy accessories. So that the arrival of you new family member can run smoothly.

We have focused on first time dog owners, if you already have dog and/or puppy experience, you might not need everything on the list.

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The right checklist for the right size dog

We’ve organized our checklists based on the size your puppy will eventually be. What exactly we mean by very small, small, medium, large and very large puppies, has been defined here. Clicking on the button will take you directly to the checklists that are right for you and your new family member.

XS

Very small puppies

like Chihuahua, Toy Poodle

adult < 5 kg

S

Small puppies

like Dachshund, Maltese, Shih-Tzu

adult > 5 but < 20 kg

M

Medium size puppies

like Beagle, Poodle

adult < 20 kg

L

Large puppies

like German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers

adult > 20 kg but < 45 kg

Xl

Very large puppies

like Great Danes, Saint Bernards

adult > 45 kg

Checklists for very small puppies

Basic equipment for home in XS

  • Food and water bowl * in an appropriate size
  • Puppy food – ideally, use the food that your puppy already knows.
  • Dog bed *
  • Dog Pillow *
  • Dog crate * as a place of retreat
  • Blankets *
  • Puppy toys for chewing, pulling, tugging
  • For the change of teeth are particularly suitable:
    • wet frozen washcloths
    • chew sticks *, which can also be crushed.
  • Grooming utensils like a soft brush *
  • Nail clippers *
  • Dog First Aid kit * individual products:
    • Tick remover*
    • Flea Comb *
    • Disinfectatnt *
    • Bandages *

Initial equipment for on the road in XS

  • Car carrier *
  • Alternatively, use a foldable carrier * that you can also use as a retreat.
  • Carrying bag *
  • Collar with adjustable sizing *
  • Soft, padded puppy harness *
  • Or extendable harness *
  • Puppy leash
    • Mesh *
    • Webbing *
    • We would tend to avoid adjustable leashes or those made of leather for very small puppies because of the weight.
  • Treats * for at home or on the road (please use according to the size of your puppy and subtract from the food)
  • Poo bags * ideally biodegradable
  • Treat bag *
  • Accessories for puppy training
    • Training book *
    • Training clicker *
    • Dog whistle *

Puppy equipment “Nice-to-Have” in XS

  • Towel *
  • Doggy bathrobe *.
  • GPS trackers: even the smallest GPS trackers weigh 25 g and are almost 6 cm long. We would therefore not recommend a GPS tracker for all XS puppies < 2 kg.
  • Drag line for your XS puppy: here, too, the weight is crucial! Our pro tip: go to your nearest hardware store and buy minicord (very small, lightweight paracord) and a really small and lightweight carabiner.
  • Raincoat *
  • Winter coat *

Checklists for small puppies

Basic equipment for home in S

  • Food and water bowl * in an appropriate size
  • Puppy food – ideally, use the food that your puppy already knows.
  • Dog bed *
  • Dog Pillow *
  • Dog crate * as a place of retreat
  • Blankets *
  • Puppy toys for chewing, pulling, tugging
  • For the change of teeth are particularly suitable:
    • wet frozen washcloths
    • Chewable toys *
    • chew sticks *, which can also be crushed.
  • Grooming utensils like a soft brush *
  • Nail clippers * for small to medium nails
  • Dog First Aid kit * individual products:
    • Tick remover*
    • Flea Comb *
    • Disinfectatnt *
    • Bandages *

Initial equipment for on the road in S

  • Car carrier *
  • Alternatively, use a foldable carrier * that you can also use as a retreat.
  • Carrying bag *
  • Collar with adjustable sizing *
  • Soft, padded puppy harness *
  • Or extendable harness *
  • Puppy leash
    • Mesh *
    • Webbing *
  • Treats * for at home or on the road (please use according to the size of your puppy and subtract from the food)
  • Poo bags * ideally biodegradable
  • Treat bag *
  • Accessories for puppy training
    • Training book *
    • Training clicker *
    • Dog whistle *

Puppy equipment “Nice-to-Have” in S

  • Towel *
  • Doggy bathrobe *.
  • GPS trackers: even the smallest GPS trackers weigh 25 g and are almost 6 cm long. We would therefore not recommend a GPS for a puppy < 4 kg *.
  • Drag line for your puppy: here, too, the weight is crucial! The drag line from Elropet is 30g and 10metres long *.
  • Raincoat *
  • Winter coat *

Checklists for medium puppies

Basic equipment for home in M

  • Food and water bowl * in an appropriate size
  • Puppy food – ideally, use the food that your puppy already knows.
  • Dog bed *
  • Dog Pillow *
  • Dog crate * as a place of retreat
  • Blankets *
  • Puppy toys for chewing, pulling, tugging
    • hard toys * like a frisbee or teething ring
    • soft toys * that squeak and rustle
  • For the change of teeth are particularly suitable:
    • Natural chewing bones *
    • Chewable toys * that can also be frozen briefly to cool your pup’s gums while chewing (just like a frozen washcloth)
  • Grooming utensils like a soft brush *
  • Nail clippers * for medium large nails
  • Dog First Aid kit * individual products:
    • Tick remover *
    • Flea Comb *
    • Disinfectatnt *
    • Bandages *

Initial equipment for on the road in M

  • Sturdy car carrier *
  • Alternatively, use a foldable carrier * that you can also use as a retreat.
  • Collar with adjustable sizing *
  • Soft, padded puppy harness *
  • Or extendable harness *
  • Puppy leash
    • Mesh *
    • Webbing *
  • Treats * for at home or on the road (please use according to the size of your puppy and subtract from the food)
  • Poo bags * ideally biodegradable
  • Treat bag *
  • Accessories for puppy training
    • Training book *
    • Training clicker *
    • Dog whistle *

Puppy equipment “Nice-to-Have” in M

  • Towel *
  • Doggy bathrobe *
  • GPS trackers: the smallest GPS trackers weighs just 25 g and is 6 cm long *
  • Drag line for your puppy *
  • Raincoat *
  • Winter coat *

Checklists for large puppies

Basic equipment for home in L

  • Food and water bowl * in an appropriate size
  • Puppy food – ideally, use the food that your puppy already knows.
  • Dog bed *
  • Dog Pillow *
  • Dog crate * as a place of retreat
  • Blankets *
  • Puppy toys for chewing, pulling, tugging
    • hard toys * like a frisbee or teething ring
    • soft toys * that squeak and rustle
  • For the change of teeth are particularly suitable:
    • Natural chewing bones *
    • Chewable toys * that can also be frozen briefly to cool your pup’s gums while chewing (just like a frozen washcloth)
  • Grooming utensils like a soft brush *
  • Nail clippers * for medium large nails
  • Dog First Aid kit * individual products:
    • Tick remover *
    • Flea Comb *
    • Disinfectatnt *
    • Bandages *

Initial equipment for on the road in L

  • Sturdy car carrier *
  • Alternatively, use a foldable carrier * that you can also use as a retreat.
  • Collar with adjustable sizing *
  • Soft, padded puppy harness *
  • Or extendable harness *
  • Puppy leash
    • Mesh *
    • Webbing *
  • Treats * for at home or on the road (please use according to the size of your puppy and subtract from the food)
  • Poo bags * ideally biodegradable
  • Treat bag *
  • Accessories for puppy training
    • Training book *
    • Training clicker *
    • Dog whistle *

Puppy outfit “Nice-to-Have” in L

  • Towel *
  • Doggy bathrobe *
  • GPS trackers: the smallest GPS trackers weighs just 25 g and is 6 cm long *
  • Sturdy towline for your puppy *
  • Raincoat *
  • Winter coat *

Checklists for very large puppies

Basic equipment for home in XL

  • Food and water bowl * in an appropriate size
  • Puppy food – ideally, use the food that your puppy already knows.
  • Dog bed *
  • Dog Pillow *
  • Dog crate * as a place of retreat
  • Blankets *
  • Puppy toys for chewing, pulling, tugging
    • hard toys * like a frisbee or teething ring
    • soft toys * that squeak and rustle
  • For the change of teeth are particularly suitable:
    • Natural chewing bones *
    • Chewable toys * that can also be frozen briefly to cool your pup’s gums while chewing (just like a frozen washcloth)
  • Grooming utensils like a soft brush *
  • Nail clippers * for medium large nails
  • Dog First Aid kit * individual products:
    • Tick remover *
    • Flea Comb *
    • Disinfectatnt *
    • Bandages *

Initial equipment for on the road in XL

  • Sturdy car carrier *
  • Alternatively, use a foldable carrier * that you can also use as a retreat.
  • Collar with adjustable sizing *
  • Soft, padded puppy harness *
  • Or extendable harness *
  • Puppy leash
    • Durable *
  • Treats * for at home or on the road (please use according to the size of your puppy and subtract from the food)
  • Poo bags * ideally biodegradable
  • Treat bag *
  • Accessories for puppy training
    • Training book *
    • Training clicker *
    • Dog whistle *

Puppy equipment “Nice-to-Have” in XL

  • Towel *
  • Doggy bathrobe *
  • GPS trackers *
  • Sturdy towline for your puppy *
  • Raincoat *
  • Winter coat *

Checklist: The formalities

With all the enthusiasm for puppy gear, don’t forget the paperwork for your new family member:

  • Dog tax registration – this is usually essential
  • Dog liability insurance – mandatory in many federal states!
  • Dog health insurance – you have a whole dog’s life ahead of you. It’s hard to imagine now, but there may come a point when your dog needs care. And young dogs are prone to accidents….
  • Is a dog license or certificate of competence required?
  • Registration for puppy training or dog school is always useful!

Our product recommendations

These are the products that the editors use (or used) for their puppies and can therefore recommend them without reservation.

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