New Dog Checklist

Congratulations if have adopted a dog and all the best if you are going to adopt a dog soon. The human and dog relationship has always been remarkable, strong and rewarding. The incoming dog is going to be an important part of your family and to make sure you adopt the right dog, we have complied all necessary things. Please continue reading to know the points you have to consider after adopting the new pet.


Questions for All Adopters

  • Is your place suitable for the incoming pet?
  • Do you want to adopt a new pet in vacations/travel?
  • Will your social and work life get affected due to pet?
  • How will the existing pets react if you already have any?
  • Did you check what dog breed will suit your house and lifestyle?
  • Do you think your dog will affect your or your family members’ health?
  • Are you or your, roommate, partner, or spouse intolerant of dirt, hair, etc.?
  • Dogs are sensitive to stress; is there any problem among the people living in the house?
  • Is there an adult in the family who has agreed to be ultimately responsible for the pet’s care?
  • How will your family members or roommates react if you adopt the dog without their consent?


Other Considerations

  • If you have kids at home as well, consider what will happen with your dog and kids.
  • Analyze your routine life and lifestyle to know if a young or older animal will suit you.
  • Will you be able to train and handle a pet with behavior issues or are you looking for an easy-going friend?
  • Would you like your dog to follow you everywhere in the house or you need a less clingy, more independent character?
  • Consider the activities you will be performing with your dog. For example, some people take their dogs when they go to park, jogging, etc.
  • You might be able to spend more time with your pet if she or he is young. By spending enough time with your pet, you will be able to train your dog as per your lifestyle.


Size Considerations for Dogs

  • What size dog can you travel easily with?
  • What size dog can your home accommodate easily?
  • If your dog is young, he or she may grow to a bigger size.
  • If you already have other pet(s), consider the appropriate size of new comer.
  • What size pet would suit the other people who live in or visit your home regularly?


  • Pet Costs
    • The adopting agency may charge a nominal fee
    • This fee will be a fraction of the money your will spend on pet later.
    • You may also have to pay the fee for spaying the dog.
    • Some expenses are mandatory for all pets, including:
      • Food
      • Kitty litter and box
      • Routine veterinary care
      • Collars, leashes and identification tags
      • Licensing according to local regulations
      • Basic grooming equipment and supplies
    • The following expenditures are not necessary but recommended:
      • A bed and toys
      • Training classes
      • A crate or carrier
      • A spare collar or leash
      • Permanent identification
      • Additional grooming supplies
    • Accidents and illness can make you incur unexpected costs
    • The need for professional help may arise if the dog does not adjust in your family/house.


Time Considerations

  • If the pet is ill or have a medical condition, additional attention might be needed.
  • If you have a pet with long coat, 20 minutes a day grooming will prevent matting.
  • The dogs also need attention are care. Try to spend one hour at least with your pet.
  • If your pet needs grooming, training, or exercise, you will have to spare enough time.
  • When you adopt a dog, you will have to spend more time with him or her in the beginning.
  • A pet with an abundance of energy needs more time to exercise and interactive toys to keep them entertained.
  • Please note you will have feed your pet two to three times day. The puppies may need food more often and the fresh water must be available all the time.


Shopping Checklist

The incoming dog will need some supplies and food items regularly. You can start shopping as per the needs of your pet. The common items are water every dog needs are bowl, food, and collars. Some items vary from breeds to breeds and dog size to dog size.

It is important to find out the food items your future dog has been eating in the shelter or previous adopter. You may have to provide the same food in the beginning. Talk with your veterinarian about switching to the food of your choice after the pet has settled in.

Here is a checklist of supplies you may need once you have selected your pet:

  • Necessary Items for Dogs
    • Collar
    • Dog bed
    • Baby gate(s)
    • Nail clippers
    • First-aid supplies
    • Non-toxic cleanser
    • Four to six-foot leash
    • Food and water bowls
    • Sponge and scrub brush
    • Food (canned and/or dry)
    • Enzymatic odor neutralizer
    • Super-absorbent paper towels
    • Absorbent house-training pads
    • ID tag with your phone number
    • Doggy shampoo and conditioner
    • Canine toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Hard plastic carrier or foldable metal crate
    • Brush or comb (depends on your pet’s coat length and type)
    • Variety of treats (such as small cookies, larger rawhides, etc.)
    • Variety of toys (a ball, rope, chew toy and puzzle toy are good starts)
    • Plastic poop baggies (biodegradable ones are best) or pooper scooper