What to Get For A New Dog


New dog

Getting a dog for the very first time is a huge undertaking and this post is aimed at anyone who is considering a new pet dog.  Dogs involve commitment, responsibility, financial outlay and a great deal of care, however, as any dog owner will tell you, the rewards of dog ownership far exceed any costs. Just what to get for your new dog can appear to be a daunting challenge.

Puppy Or Adult Dog              Puppies

All dogs begin life as puppies and at least the first eight weeks should be spent with their mother.  Some unscrupulous individuals  just breed dogs for financial gain, have no interest in the dogs or puppies welfare and are anxious to sell the puppy at the earliest opportunity.  Beware of, steer clear of and report any such breeders to the relevant authorities.

When buying a puppy visit the place where you will collect your pet from, see it in it’s natural environment with mother and siblings and check the conditions for your own peace of mind and the puppies welfare.  A puppy is a big commitment and will take a great deal of patience and training.

Another option is to adopt or re-home an adult or adolescent dog.  Visit the kennels or rehoming centre from where you will collect your dog to ensure compatibility with family members and other pets. Adult dogs can be retrained but it will be more difficult if they have picked up bad habits or poor behavioural issues.

Costs Associated With A New Dog

The obvious costs are food, food and water bowls, collar, leash, poop bags, car restraint, toys, bed and any other accessories such as a crate, kennel, harness, grooming brush, dog shampoo and dog whistle.  There is also the cost of injections, regular veterinary care and whether or not to have pet insurance, this is strongly recommended.

Apart from the initial outlay we must also consider what to do with the dog when there is a holiday or a trip which doesn’t involve the dog.  Boarding kennels or a pet sitter payments need to be made.

Adjustments may need to be made to the house or garden.  Ensure all fences are secure as dogs will attempt to get out by going over, under or through fences, hedges and walls.   Your dog will need a secure garden or yard from which he can’t escape and which must be checked to make certain that no careless tradesperson or family member can leave a gate open.  Very often this involves additional or upgraded fencing and gates.

If there are parts of your house you don’t want your pet in put up pet gates and set very clear boundaries from day one for your pet.  It is most confusing for a dog to be allowed somewhere some of the time and not at other times.

Health And Welfare

As a dog owner you have a duty of care to your pet and the five basic needs are: Environment, Diet, Companionship, Behaviour and Health; EDCBH.


In order to maximise the enjoyment your best friend will bring to your life, time and effort need to be devoted to training.

We are currently reviewing online training courses and will shortly be delivering feedback.

Comments and Feedback

We love to hear about your own experiences so please feel free to post any comments here.

17 thoughts on “What to Get For A New Dog”

  1. Wow, We intend to get a dog as a family and I sure am glad I came across this article, I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks

  2. A very informative and well wrote it was good to read it I have a dog that was rehomed and it took a lot of love and patience for our dog to trust other people but she is now a very loving and loyal dog glad that we could give her a forever home and she is a big part of our family .

    • Thanks for your comment Claire and I’m delighted it’s working out with a re-homed dog.
      Re-homed dogs really can be loyal and loving companions when shown some love themselves.

  3. Hey,

    Nice article. I am a dog lover but my dog died recently. Want to get a new dog and these information are very helpful. One problem we had with our dog is that he goes for a walk alone from time to time. (We have an open garden without a fence.) Limiting the movement of a puppy is possible but we might need to track when it grows. Do you know whether there are any dog trackers?

    • Sorry to hear about your dog Rajith, it’s always sad when we lose our pet dog. There are several dog trackers, we are currently testing two and will be publishing results shortly.
      Thanks for your comment.

  4. Hey,

    My niece has a brand new dog and she could really benefit from this article and your site for that matter. I have forwarded this onto her parents and I have advised that they go through your article and your other articles too. If they have any questions then they should get in touch and leave comments.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work on your site.

    All the best,


  5. Hello!

    Thank you for the tips you’ve given here. Having a dog is also an investment so might as well we are also financially prepared and having a dog is just like having a family member that needs to be taking care of.

    All the Best!

    • Exactly right Frederick, having a dog is just like getting a new family member. Your new pet dog will very quickly become a much loved part of your family. Good luck.

  6. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. I am thinking of taking a dog and was wondering whether to take an adult dog from a shelter or a puppy so it won’t end up in a shelter. I have a little time for the walks and am at home half the day, but maybe a puppy would be too much time consuming? What would you advise? Thank you for your answer

    • Hi Jo. The decision is totally up to you and there’s no right or wrong answer. Taking a dog from a shelter means a dog can have a wonderful, loving home and is likely to be house trained. Depending on the dogs past it may have behavioural issues so try to choose wisely and be as certain as you can be that you’re getting honest advice from staff at the shelter.

  7. This is a very good guide for what to get for a new dog, so many first-time dog owners will be prepared by reading this guide before adding that new dog to their home


  8. I was planning to get a puppy before the pandemic happened, and now after reading this article I might reconsider, especially after reading about all the different costs and materials it would need. I did not know that you needed pet insurance as well, I’ll just wait until I’m more financially and time stable to handle dealing with a dog. Thank you for this information I really needed it.

    Peace & Positivity,


    • Thanks Joshua, dogs are a big responsibility but the joy of owning a dog is worth it. Pet dogs add to peoples feeling of well-being and add to their quality of life, which it’s very difficult to put a financial value on.
      If your dog becomes ill veterinary gills can escalate very quickly which is why insurance is recommended.

  9. Getting a dog is a big decision and this helps people think of those things they need to consider. Ideas about the best place to get the new dog is important, especially for a your family.
    What dogs’ needs are, what expenditure for food, vet attention and so on must be considered. Is the dog more mature or a puppy that must be trained. Can you train the dog on your own or do you need help with the training?
    The sit is infromative. Thank you. CQ


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