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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17 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. 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!
    Thanks,
    Cricket@ Island Schnauzers of Texas

  6. 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.

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