• Identification Tags
  • Collar 
  • Leash 
  • Long Line (20+ foot leash, particularly useful for recall training) 
  • Food & Water Bowls 
  • Enzymatic Cleaner (eg: Nature’s Miracle, Rocco & Roxie, Simple Solution, etc)
  • Shampoo
  • Dematting/Deshedding Brush 
  • Flea Comb (Excellent for using behind ears to check for micro mats) 
  • Crate 
  • Bed and/or Crate Pad 
  • Food 
  • Training Treats 
  • Chews (No Hide chews, raw bones, dental chews, etc)
  • Toys 




  • Harness (Many harnesses do not allow for proper movement. See “What is the Best Harness Design?” in our Helpful Links to read about the best type of harness for dogs)
  • Bait Bag/Treat Pouch
  • Poop Bag Dispenser 
  • Poop Bags
  • Poop Scooper
  • Muzzle (A muzzle is good to have on hand in case your dog is injured)
  • Raincoat (To cut down on grooming after rainy walks) 
  • Dog Booties (To protect pads from hot pavement, rock salt, etc) 
  • Backpack (Do not put a backpack on a puppy until s/he is at least two years of age as the extra weight is not good for their musculoskeletal development)



  • Vaccination and Worming Records
  • First Aid Kit
  • Over the Counter Medications (we have a list of dog safe medications in our packet)
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin (2 years and older)
  • Fish Oil 
  • Plaque Off (for dental health)
  • FortiFlora (or similar probiotic)
  • Plain Pumpkin (be careful to use canned pumpkin without spices)



  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner
  • Doggie Cologne
  • Grooming Wipes/Baby Wipes
  • Ear Cleaner
  • Cotton Balls (for applying ear cleaner)
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste (With positive reinforcement, most dogs enjoy having their teeth brushed. It is the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease, plaque buildup, and bad breath. About 80% of America’s dogs show signs of periodontal disease by 3 years of age. See “Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)” in our Helpful Links for a list of products that have met their requirements for maintaining good oral health.)
  • Slicker Brush
  • Dematting/Deshedding Brush 
  • Thinning Scissors (to cut out mats)
  • Nail Clippers/Dremel


Car Travel 

  • Seatbelt and Harness or Crate with Crate Pad 
  • Seat Hammock
  • Towels
  • Portable Water Bowl
  • Extra Leash/Collar/ID Tags
  • First Aid Kit