10 Useful Items in a Puppy Pack

Every dog owner knows that a new puppy is a handful. That’s why sending a new owner home with a puppy pack helps set up the puppy for success in their new home. In our latest Pet Care Pro show episode, Shelley and Beth talk about ten of the most important items you should send with the puppy in their puppy pack. What do you do after you get home though? As a new owner, what do I need to have ready for my new puppy?

A Place to Sleep

You may want your new puppy to sleep in bed with you or on a cute dog bed, but it’s important you give them a space of their own. Getting a carrier or a kennel will give your puppy a nice comfy space to relax in when you’re gone or when she is scared.  You may receive your puppies favorite toy in your puppy pack, so use that as their chew toy so they don’t destroy their bed.

When picking out the right size kennel, Dr. B recommends you make it large enough that they can turn around and sleep but not so big that they can have a bathroom at one end and a sleeping area at the other.

Puppy Proof Your Home

From cords on the floor to toxic plants, there are many items in your home that are toxic to puppies or could seriously hurt them. One tip I always learned when it came to prepping my home for a new puppy, was to get down to their level. Your puppy will find things that you might not regularly see, so it’s important to catch them and take care of it before the pup finds it. For a detailed list of things to watch for I recommend you visit AKC.org.

Puppies can be a handful, so it’s important you read any information given to you in your puppy pack. The breeder will know your dog best, so reach out to them if you have questions about the pup. If you need help preparing for your new puppy, be sure to call us at 800.786.4751 and our Pet Care Pros can give you helpful tips and product recommendations.

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24 thoughts on “10 Useful Items in a Puppy Pack”

  1. What a great and informational video!! With my puppy families, I do nearly all of the things mentioned. I don’t send anything with the mother’s smell because my pups (Labradors) wean at 3 1/2-4 weeks and are completely weaned (no longer worth mom) by 5 weeks. They don’t go home until 7-8 weeks. I don’t want my pups trying to find me or their litter mates at their new home because they are confused by the familiar smell. Their attention span is so short at this age that in the long run, you can save some puppy sadness by not doing this. I do include toys in every puppy pack. I never ever allow mine to use NylaBones because they can splinter and aren’t the best choice for large breed dogs. I encourage my families to buy real beef bones, especially ribs, as they last forever, just like antlers do. I send home puppy size beef rib bones for a starter chewing toy. We have a serious talk about puppy toy safety and this includes bones. I’m going to check into your Puppy book. That sounds perfect for a puppy pack. I also like the probiotic and prebiotic idea. Loved this video!!! ? Great job ladies!!

    1. Jacqueline, Thank you for your wonderful comment. We’re so happy you like the video. A puppy sized rib bone?! WoW! Those are some lucky puppies! -Maria at Revival

  2. Hello Maria!
    I have come to love and trust Revival for all of my breeeder supplies, and your video was very informative. I do, however, strongly disagree with your advice to send the pup home with milk replacer. If the puppy still needs milk replacer, then it should NOT be going to it’s new home quite yet. Revival, please do not encourage irresponsible breeding behavior. You have the ethical responsibility to encourage breeders to place puppies that are fully weaned onto solid kibble. Placing a puppy that is still on milk replacer sets the pup up to fail, and encourages hypoglycemia. Placing puppies lives at stake just to boost your milk replacer sales is not an ethical way to do business. Thank you for listening.

    1. Hi Kim, I completely understand your concerns. The milk replacer tip is meant more to help puppies that may go off food due to the stress of a new home. We agree puppies should be fully weaned and set up for success at their new home. Excellent points and thank you for sharing! -Maria at Revival

  3. Great ideas! Except #5. You never supplement a puppy with calcium. Extra important with large breed puppies. Calcium to Phosphorus ratio needs to be around 1:1 Never exceding 1.8. Orthopedic problems can develop.
    Someone didn’t do homework. Bad advice on #5.

    1. Hello Barbara! We didn’t clarify very well in our video, but we only recommend calcium supplements on a situational basis for puppies. Our Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Bramlage, also suggests using a product like Healthy Bones for fast-growing puppies, because of the calcium to phosphorus ratio. You are certainly correct though, calcium shouldn’t be used unnecessarily. -Maria at Revival

  4. Great video. Some of the items mentioned are things I never considered.

    The only other things I’ve added are a roll of poop bags and a few weewee pads. These items are helpful especially if the puupy is going home via car and the trip is long

    1. Hello Janice! Poop bags and weewee pads are great items to include. They’re tiny things that the new owner might not even think about, so kudos on a great tip! -Maria at Revival

  5. Please always provide a written article to accompany your videos for those who prefer to read rather than watch.

  6. I add the vitamin supplement that I recommend, I use Nuvet, but what ever the breeder uses, should include information about the supplement, where to get it, and a sample! I put about a weeks supply in a baggie, and encourage the purchaser to continue the supplement!
    Thank you for your suggestions! I love the flash drive idea!
    Cricket@ Island Schnauzers of Texas

  7. Great tips, I breed Yorkies and they would never go home with milk replacement. I want them eating on their own and they are kept until at least 12 weeks, I include a supply list as well. I also include pee pads and baby wipes just in case of they make make a mess of the way home they often get car sick! I make up a Birth Certificate for them as well…Oh you forgot to include Re-sorb in the puppy pack I know Dr. B has talked about this, puppy gatorade….. Great video and information.

  8. Very informative. I like the addition of the Fortical and the probiotics gel (I have been sending a little jar of the powder home with puppies). and of course the flash drive.
    My puppies don’t go to new homes until 12-16 wks.
    Tho my puppies are all litter box trained, I include high quality piddle pads which I use in conjunction, and plan to include your washable pads if the puppy has transitioned from the whelping pen to the bigger play pen or have discovered how much fun destroying piddle pads is. I also include potty bags for walks to encourage good sanitation. I have appropriate size reasonably priced crates available if needed because purchasing one locally is rarely an option and I do not send a puppy home riding in some ones lap….not safe.

  9. We train our French Bull Dog pups to use potty bells starting at about 4 weeks. We include identical sets with all of our puppy packs. It is familiar and lets them know where to go when they need to go outside. Our adopters appreciate shorter and smoother potty training.

  10. Hello, this was an interesting video to watch and consider what we do in comparison. Though primarily geared to puppies a lot pertained to kittens we breed and raise for new homes. I do have a couple suggestions people may want to consider adding as well.
    Regarding the “note/letter” to the new family we also note SPECIFIC PERSONALITY TRAITS of their individual kitten such as very friendly or give her time to come to you or frightens with loud noises/fast movements, really likes treats, best toy etc. In other words she responds best to…
    Regarding the “information” we also include safety tips such as a list of poisonous vs safe plants for cats, inappropriate toys, how to introduce the new kitty to other pets in the home, helping kids with a new kitten, how to clip nails, type of litter kitty is accustomed to etc. And if kitty has recently been spayed/neutered we include the after care instructions from the vet.
    Just my thoughts and some elaboration with a bit different slant.
    Thank you Revival, you do a nice job.

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you for your great ideas for kitten/puppy packs! It’s always good to hear about what other people are doing to help new kitten and puppy owners. -Shelley at Revival

  11. I hear conflicting thoughts regarding when to bring our goldendoodle puppy home. The puppy, Charlie, was born 2/27/2021. The breeder said we can pick him up 4/17 or 4/18. He has seen the vet and she said she is letting “the bigger” ones go as they are weaned from their Mom. Since this is less than 8 weeks is it too early? Should he have more time to socialize with the litter even though weaned from Mom?

    1. Hi Ruby,
      Great question. I reached out to one of our Pet Care Pros and here is her advice. -Shelley at Revival

      Good morning Ruby, We realize people will let puppies go before 8 weeks of age which is recommended as the proper age by most states regulations. We recommend a puppy should have a minimum of 3 parvo shots and 2 distemper shots plus it should be dewormed before going to a new home. Socialization is also important for a puppy so the longer it’s with mom and sibling is always a good thing. If you have any concerns about taking the puppy home early, I would recommend to discuss this the seller. Let them know of any reservations you might have. -Sheryl, Revival Pet Care Pro.

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