Find Your Perfect Dogs and Puppies in the United States

We have a wide variety of dogs and puppies for sale all across the country. Whether you want a purebred or a mixed breed, we have the perfect furry friend for you. Our website,, connects you with trustworthy owners in every state. No matter where you live, finding a dog or puppy for sale is easy with us. We care about the well-being of our puppies and make sure they are raised in a loving environment. Take your time to explore our listings and find the ideal puppy to bring home. Whether you want a small or a big, energetic dog, we've got you covered!

Purebred and Mixed Breed Puppies Available

No matter if you're in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, or any other state, we're here to help you find the most perfect purebred puppy ever. These purebred puppies are just so cute with their adorable faces, and they have such playful personalities and gentle temperaments. They're perfect for anyone, whether you're on your own or part of a family. Whether you want a dog to cuddle with or a friend to play with, we have so many different breeds to choose from. You can find the one that fits your lifestyle and what you like. Mixed breed puppies are extra special because they have a mix of traits from different breeds. They have wagging tails and the most loving eyes. It's like they have all the best qualities from different dogs, all in one super lovable package.

Find Dogs for Sale Near You Based on Size, Energy, and Lifestyle!

From small breeds to large breeds, you can find dogs for sale near your location that suit your preferences. Take your time to find the perfect match and make sure to choose a dog that fits your lifestyle and personality. Consider factors such as size, energy level, and grooming needs when choosing the right breed for you. Additionally, think about your lifestyle and living situation to ensure the breed you choose will fit well with your daily routine. There are many different types of dog breeds, and they can vary in size from very small to very large. Here is a general guide to classify dog breeds by size:

Toy dogs

Did you know that toy dogs are teeny-tiny dogs that can weigh up to 12 lbs (5.4 kg)? They're bred to be super cute and make great friends. These little doggies are perfect for people who live in small spaces or have a hard time getting around. Toy dogs are famous for being adorable and cuddly pets. One cool thing to know is that there are different types of toy dogs, and each one has its own special qualities. Some of the most popular toy dog breeds are Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers, and Shih Tzus. Even though they're small, toy dogs can have all sorts of personalities. Some are full of energy and love to play, while others are more calm and independent. Toy dogs also need specific exercise and grooming routines that their owners should keep in mind.

Small dogs

Small dogs are a special kind of dogs that are known for being tiny. They usually weigh less than 22 pounds and are shorter than 16 inches. People often call them toy dogs or lap dogs because they are perfect for living in small places. Some popular small dog breeds are Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers, and Shih Tzus. Each of these breeds has its own special qualities. People love small dogs because they are easy to carry around and they can become really close to their owners. Small dogs are very loving and don't need as much exercise as bigger dogs. However, it's important to think about your own situation before getting a small dog.

Medium dogs

Medium-sized dogs are dogs that weigh from 20 to 60 pounds and are about 18 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder. They are great for people or families who want a dog that is not too big but still active. Medium-sized dogs are friendly, easy to train, and they love their owners a lot. They also live longer than bigger dogs and there are many different breeds to choose from, so they can fit into different types of families.

Large dogs

When we talk about large dogs, we mean dogs that are much bigger than small or medium-sized dogs. The size of large dogs can vary depending on the breed and the dog's own characteristics. However, generally, large dogs are considered to be those that weigh between 50 to 100 pounds or even more, and are at least 24 inches tall at the shoulder. Some examples of large dog breeds are the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, and Rottweiler.

Giant or Extra Large dogs

Giant dogs are well-known for being much larger than other types of dogs. They usually weigh more than 100 lbs (45.4 kg) and have a height of at least 24 inches at the shoulder. Some popular giant dog breeds include the Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Newfoundland, and Mastiff. These dogs need plenty of space, a proper diet, and may have specific health concerns due to their size.

Affordable and Cheap Puppies for Sale

We know that money is a big deal when you're looking for a puppy. That's why we have lots of puppies that won't break the bank. We get that cost matters when you're looking for a puppy. That's why we have a bunch of puppies that are affordable and won't cost you too much. We know that price is key when you're searching for a puppy. That's why we have a selection of inexpensive puppies for sale.

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Premium Kennewick

Blue and blue fawn American Pit Bull Terrier puppies

Adopt Blue and blue fawn American Pit Bull Terrier puppies! Only three left. Perfect Christmas gift! Vaccinated twice, regularly wormed. Rehoming fee required. Contact Heather with questions.
$ 500.00
American Pit Bull Terrier 5385 people viewed
$ 500.00
Premium Eagan

Pure breed standard poodles for sale‼️

Please contact me at +17638431888, the pups were born on October 31st 2023 and are now 9 weeks old and have their first 2 puppy shots. They are hypoallergenic (don’t cause allergies or shed) we are hoping they go to good homes♥️
$ 750.00
Poodle 200 people viewed
$ 750.00
Premium Deadwood

Standard size Xoloitzcuintli puppies for sale

We have Standard size Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless) puppies available for their new homes. There are 2 coated males and 5 hairless puppies, including 2 males and 3 females. The hairless pups are priced at $1200.00, while the coated pups are priced at $500.00. This is our second litter, and the puppies will come with their first set of vaccinations and a ...
$ 1200.00
Xoloitzcuintli 403 people viewed
$ 1200.00
Premium York

6 Brindle Pit Bull puppies available

I currently have Pit bull Puppies available for adoption. These puppies have stunning markings and colors, with a brindle pattern on all of them. The mother is a fawn and white red nose, while the father is a grey brindle blue nose. There are 3 males and 3 females still looking for their forever homes. They will be ready to go to their new families on 1/27/2...
$ 500.00
American Pit Bull Terrier 192 people viewed
$ 500.00
Premium Ogden

AKC registered Newfoundland puppy

AKC-registered Newfoundland puppy, full of joy and love! This adorable furball is excited to find a forever home, and we are thrilled to offer him to a caring family who appreciates the charm and companionship of the Newfoundland breed. Key Features: 1. Breed: AKC-registered Newfoundland 2. Color: Rare brown color with White Marking 3. Birthday: November 19t...
$ 3500.00
Newfoundland 221 people viewed
$ 3500.00
Premium Portland

3 cute female Schnoodle puppies

These puppies are a mix of Schnauzer and Poodle breeds. They come with docked tails, removed dewclaws, their first shots, and are well on their way to being potty trained. They have been introduced to early sensory experiences and have been socialized with children and other dogs, including a larger dog they enjoy playing with. 2. If you prefer a puppy that ...
$ 500.00
Schnoodle 197 people viewed
$ 500.00
Premium Springfield

Dapple Dachshund boy

Hey there! I'm looking for a new home for my Dapple Mini Dachshund boy. He's really cute - his fur is black and tan with some silver dapples. He's only 7 months old and has already had his deworming and shots. His mom is a dapple and his dad is a registered male. Although the pup isn't registered, he's still a great dog. I have too many males, so I need to f...
$ 450.00
Dachshund 156 people viewed
$ 450.00

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3/4 mini dachshund 1/4 chihuahua

I am selling a male chiweenie puppy. He is a mix of 3/4 miniature dachshund and 1/4 chihuahua. He is currently 10 weeks old and was born on August 08, 2023. His mother is a chiweenie and his father is a miniature dachshund. If you have any questions or are interested, please contact me through phone or email.
$ 250.00
Chiweenie 2662 people viewed
$ 250.00

Beautiful Ratcha puppies for sale

I have 5 female and 1 male red Rat Terrier/Chihuahua puppies for sale. They've been weaned and wormed, and they've got their first vaccination. I'm guessing these will weigh between 8 and 10 pounds when they're fully grown. If you're interested in a certain puppy, I can give you individual photos.
$ 300.00
Rat-Cha 4943 people viewed
$ 300.00

Cheap pit bull puppies need good homes

I have 6 pitbull puppies born on 6/28/23. I'm selling them because I can't afford to feed them all. I've shared pictures of them. Each puppy costs $85, or you can buy 2 for $135.
$ 85.00
American Pit Bull Terrier 3040 people viewed
$ 85.00
Villa Rica

Beautiful Male Labrabull/Pitador Puppy Available for Rehoming: Last Chance!

We unexpectedly had a wonderful mixed litter of Labrador Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier puppies! Among the 9 puppies, we now only have 1 male puppy remaining. This mixed breed is commonly referred to as a Labrabull or Pitador. Both parents, whose weights fall within the range of 60lbs to 65lbs, are shown together in the pictures. The male puppy is 8...
$ 150.00
Labrabull 5101 people viewed
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3 months old Jack Russell puppy for sale

A young boy Jack Russell Terrier puppy is ready to find a new home. He is already trained to use a wee-wee pad and was born on November 18, 2023. He enjoys eating Pedigree puppy food. The re-homing fee for this adorable puppy is $1600. If you are interested, please reach out through text or call. Serious inquiries only, please!
$ 1600.00
Jack Russell Terrier 7 people viewed
$ 1600.00

AKC male Irish Setter puppy for sale

This AKC male Irish Setter puppy is looking for a new home! He is not only beautiful, but also very healthy and full of energy. He loves to play and be cuddled, and when you hold him, he just melts into your arms. He has been checked by our vet and has received all his vaccinations and worming. This little puppy is ready to find a loving forever family. If y...
$ 1200.00
Irish Setter 6 people viewed
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Las Vegas

Shih Tzu and wiener dog mix puppies

Hey! I wanted to tell you about my adorable Schweenie puppies. I have six of them, and they are a mix of Shih Tzu and wiener dog. They are going to stay small with their little legs, and they are just so incredibly cute! These puppies enjoy eating both hard puppy food and soft food. They absolutely love to play and run around. Next week, they will be getting...
$ 200.00
Schweenie 6 people viewed
$ 200.00

!!NOW AVAILABLE!! Adorable Rat Toodles for sale

We had a litter of 8 Rat Toodle/Rattle puppies in December and they are ready to go to their new home! We only have 6 left, all males. Rat Toodles/Rattles are a mix between a Miniature Poodle and a Rat Terrier. Poodles have hypoallergenic fur and are one of the smartest dogs, while Rat Terriers are very energetic, playful, and rank high on intelligence, so t...
$ 1.00
Poodle 6 people viewed
$ 1.00

7 weeks old Taco terrier puppies for sale

I have some Taco terrier puppies for sale! These puppies are a mix of Chihuahua and toy fox terrier. The father is a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua, and the mother is a Chihuahua/Pomeranian. They are almost 7 weeks old and will be ready to find new homes on March 2. All the puppies have received their first set of vaccinations and have been dewormed. They even ha...
$ 250.00
Taco Terrier 15 people viewed
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Short and stocky Pitbulls

There are 3 pitbull puppies that still need a home. There are 2 boys and 1 girl. They will be small and strong. They are 4 and a half months old. There is a fee of $80 to rehome them. Please send a text message if you are interested. The pictures are from 3 weeks ago, but the puppies have grown a lot since then. We haven't been able to take new pictures late...
$ 80.00
American Pit Bull Terrier 9 people viewed
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Baton Rouge

Bench-legged Feist

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier male puppies need new homes. They have natural Bob tails and are all boys. If you want more details, please send a text. The puppies are in the Denham Springs/Walker area and are not yet registered. They are 8 weeks old and are expected to be smaller in size.
$ 250.00
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier 12 people viewed
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Beautiful gator Colby Pit bull puppies

We still have three super cute female pitbull puppies left from the litter born on October 15, 2023. These little furballs are just too adorable to resist! If you're in the West Philly area, you're in luck because that's where you can find them. And don't worry if you're in Philadelphia but not nearby, we offer delivery in the Philadelphia area too! These pr...
$ 400.00
American Pit Bull Terrier 13 people viewed
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3 pure breed German Shepherd puppies for sale

I have 3 pure breed German Shepherd puppies available for $1800 each. They are currently 5 weeks old and there are 3 girls left. If you are interested in buying a puppy, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via call or text. I want to ensure that these puppies find loving new homes.
$ 1800.00
German Shepherd Dog 11 people viewed
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Male Short Legged Jack Russell puppy

I have a male Jack Russell Terrier who is registered with the Continental Kennel Club. He has short legs and a smooth coat. He is all caught up on his shots and has been dewormed. He is looking for a new home where he can play with kids and people. He gets along well with other dogs too. The rehoming fee is $500. If you want more information, please call or ...
$ 500.00
Jack Russell Terrier 27 people viewed
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Boy Cavapoo puppy

The only boy cavapoo puppy. Ready on March 17th. Perfect for families or as a friend. Contact me for more details. Pros: Great choice for those with allergies as they are hypoallergenic Intelligent and easy to train Good with children and other pets Low shedding coat Cons: May require regular grooming to prevent matting Can be prone to separation anxiety May...
$ 450.00
Cavapoo 96 people viewed
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Family Pit Lab puppies

We used to have two dogs in our family, and something unexpected happened! They accidentally got together and now we have 6 Labrabull puppies who are looking for their forever and loving homes! There are three boys and three girls. These puppies are not only cute, but they are also very loving and well-behaved. If you are interested in giving one of these lo...
$ 300.00
Labrabull 29 people viewed
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Male & female Great Pyrenees puppies

These Great Pyrenees puppies are available for $400 each. They have been dewormed and received their first shot to ensure they are healthy and ready for their new homes. These puppies are known for their loyalty and gentle nature, making them great companions for families with children.
$ 400.00
Great Pyrenees 11 people viewed
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2 black boy mini aussie doodles

I have 2 black boy mini aussie doodle puppies. They are registered and have received all their shots and wormings. These puppies come from a special mix that makes them amazing pets. They have been checked by the vet and are ready to go to their new home after February 23rd. They will be 8 weeks old on that day. If you have any questions, feel free to text o...
$ 300.00
Aussiedoodle 21 people viewed
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New York

American Tri Bully puppies for sale

I currently have 4 puppies for sale. There are 3 males and 1 female available. The mother is a tri bully and the father is an American bully. The puppies will be vaccinated and dewormed, and they will be ready for pickup on February 25th. The price is $900, and I only accept cash. If you're interested, please give me a call when you're ready to come and see ...
$ 900.00
American Bully 101 people viewed
$ 900.00
Los Angeles

Miature Pinschers for Adoption

I have 3 Miniature Pinscher puppies that are looking for a new home. They are not mixed with any other breed. Currently, there are 2 female puppies available. One is light brown and the other is dark brown. They were all born on December 21, 2023, so they are 7 weeks old now. Although they haven't received any shots yet and their tails haven't been docked, t...
$ 250.00
Miniature Pinscher 114 people viewed
$ 250.00
Las Vegas

Baby Pyrador puppies

Great Pyrenees & Lab Mix puppies, also called Pyradors or Labranees, are looking for stable families or individuals with a home and time to care for them. The rehoming fee is $500, but I am willing to refund the amount needed for the puppies' first vet visit, including vaccines, deworming, microchip, and registration license. My main goal is to find them...
$ 500.00
Pyrador 21 people viewed
$ 500.00

6 Pitsky puppies for sale

There are 6 adorable Pitsky puppies available for sale! They are only 8 weeks old and there are 3 girls and 3 boys. These cute little pups are looking for their forever homes. The price can be negotiated, so it's affordable for everyone. It's important to find homes for them as soon as possible. You can even see pictures of their mom and dad posted as well. ...
$ 100.00
Pitsky 22 people viewed
$ 100.00
New Jersey

2 purebred Chihuahua puppies for sale

I have two purebred Chihuahua puppies for sale! There's a boy and a girl, and they are both super friendly. They live in a house with little kids and other pets, so they're used to being around lots of people and animals. These puppies are all set to go to their new homes. When you buy one, you'll also get their papers. If you're interested, give us a call!
$ 1500.00
Chihuahua 27 people viewed
$ 1500.00

7 AKC registered Silver Lab Puppies for sale

We currently have 7 adorable silver lab puppies that are officially registered. They were born on January 2nd, 2024, and are now ready to find their new homes. Among the litter, there are both male and female puppies available for adoption. You can come and meet the puppies' parents as they are both on-site. These labs have large bodies and square heads, mak...
$ 950.00
Labrador Retriever 21 people viewed
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Lovely puppies

Our female recently had a litter of adorable puppies. These little cuties are now three weeks old and growing fast! They will be ready to find their forever homes on March 26th. The mom is a sweet 25-pound Shitzu Terrier, and the dad is a playful 15-pound Chihuahua mix, possibly mixed with an Italian Greyhound. The boys can be identified by their light blue ...
$ 100.00
Shichi 33 people viewed
$ 100.00

Male and female Chiweenie puppies

I have male and female Chiweenie puppies that are 9 weeks old. They have received their shots and have been dewormed. Each puppy is $400. We can arrange to meet in a safe area.
$ 400.00
Chiweenie 94 people viewed
$ 400.00

10 Australian Shepherd puppies for sale

Australian Shepherd puppies are in need of a forever home and come with a rehoming fee. They will have their shots and be dewormed, as well as be trained to use puppy pads. The mother of these puppies has a blue ribbon winner bloodline, ensuring good genes. You can pick up these adorable puppies on 2/29/2024. Nala is a female with one blue and one green eye,...
$ 1350.00
Australian Shepherd 33 people viewed
$ 1350.00
Grand Rapids

8 Alusky puppies for sale

Alusky puppies, which are a mix of Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky, are absolutely adorable! They are known for being very loyal, loving, outgoing, and playful. These puppies are now looking for their forever homes. There are a total of 8 puppies, and they are currently 7 weeks old. They have been raised on a farm and have been handled by children every ...
$ 550.00
Alusky 26 people viewed
$ 550.00

AKC German Shepherds

There are 1 boy and 3 girl German shepherd puppies that are looking for new homes. They will be ready to go home on February 24th! There is a fee for rehoming them. These puppies have full AKC registration, they are microchipped, and have been checked by a vet. They have also been dewormed and have received all the vaccines they need at their age. They have ...
$ 1000.00
German Shepherd Dog 21 people viewed
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9 Purebred Rat Terrier Puppies for Sale

Purebred Rat Terriers will be available for adoption by the end of February. For more information, please visit
$ 400.00
Rat Terrier 51 people viewed
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Sweet Havapoo puppies need loving home

We have sweet Havanese/ poodle mix puppies available for sale! They will be all set to go to their new homes on March 4th. We kindly request a rehoming fee of $300. Feel free to text me if you have any questions or inquiries.
$ 300.00
Havapoo 23 people viewed
$ 300.00
Oklahoma City

German Shepherd golden doodle mix

I am so excited to tell you about the most adorable puppies ever! They are a mix of German Shepherd and golden doodle, which means they will have curly fur and won't shed much. Not only that, but these puppies are going to be super smart! Their mom is a German Shepherd and their dad is a teddy bear golden doodle. They will be ready to go to their new homes o...
$ 1.00
Shepadoodle 18 people viewed
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6 German Pit puppies for sale

There are 6 cute puppies looking for a new home! They are a mix of blue nose pitbulls and German shepherds. The mom is half blue nose pitbull and half German shepherd, while the dad is a full blue nose pitbull. Out of the 6 puppies, there are 4 girls and 2 boys. They were born on December 18th, 2023, and they are all set to go to their forever families right...
$ 300.00
German Pit 34 people viewed
$ 300.00

2 black German shorthaired pointer puppies for sale

I am searching for a loving home for my two adorable gsp puppies! One is a boy and the other is a girl. They both have beautiful black fur. Their mom and dad are skilled hunters, and I even participate in NAGDA field trial competitions with them. The mom has a solid liver coat, while the dad is solid black. These puppies were born on November 17th, making th...
$ 1000.00
German Shorthaired Pointer 1299 people viewed
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New Puppy? How to Prepare Your Family and Home

Bringing a new puppy home is such an exciting time! You and your family are probably filled with anticipation, and perhaps some anxiety. Puppies are a lot of work and can be quite time consuming. They are also a joy and have the potential to be another member of your family. If you have not had a puppy in a long time, you may have forgotten some of the things needed to prepare or the essential items necessary and/or helpful to have ready for your new puppy. If this is your first puppy, you may be wondering what items are really necessary to best care for your pup. The following is a list of helpful and/or necessary items to have in the home, preferably prior to bringing your puppy home. In addition, a list of how to prepare and suggestions on what to do to get your house and family ready for a new puppy.

Essential Puppy items:

A crate or kennel. Your puppy needs a quiet place of her own to rest in. Dogs, like their cousins the wolf like to go to dark, quiet places to rest. Kennels are helpful to keep your puppy safe from harm, to use in travel, and for her to sleep in. A kennel will not only bring you peace of mind and some rest in between play times, but it will provide a place for your puppy to call hers.

An old quilt or blanket for inside the kennel. You may be tempted to purchase a cute puppy bed. I will caution you against it because your puppy is going to have many accidents and you will have to wash the quilt numerous times during the first few months of its life. Unless your puppy bed is washable, stick with the old quilt or blanket you have stashed away at home. Be aware of tags, stray yarns, and any decorative hanging material on the blanket or quilt you choose. Puppies will eat anything and everything.

Water and food bowls-stainless steel are preferable as puppies will chew anything they can get their mouth on. Plastic bowls are easily chewed up and shards of plastic could be easily swallowed and present a danger.

Puppy food. Check with your vet about preferred food. Talk to your breeder or previous owner about the type of food they are using. Ask if they can give you a few days worth of food to take home with the pup if you will be using a different brand. Over the next few days, gradually introduce a few pieces of the brand of kibble you will be using, mixed in with the type the puppy is used to.

Collar. Purchase an inexpensive flat nylon collar, according to the size of the puppy. If you are unsure, check with the pet store clerk, or ask the breeder to measure your pup's neck. Your puppy will grow out of this collar (she will probably go through at least two collars before settling on her permanent collar), so, do not spend a lot of money on this purchase.

Leash. This is one of the most important items to purchase. Within the first few days of bringing your pup home, you will want to introduce her to the leash. Purchase an inexpensive nylon leash that is about 6 feet long to start with. You will also be going through additional leashes during your puppies first few months, so again, don't break the bank with this purchase.

Hair brush . Puppies need to be groomed daily. A wire bristle brush should do the trick, but check with your vet about the specific needs of your pup's breed. You really do not have to bother with purchasing a puppy size one and then a larger one later. Your pup will grow into her brush.

Toothbrush. This is another inexpensive and crucial item. For about 5 bucks, you can get toothpaste and toothbrush for your pup. The earlier you start to brush your pup's teeth, the easier it will be later on when she is full grown, and the better her oral hygiene will be, preventing large vet bills and health problems later on. Dog toothpaste comes in flavors dogs like, such as chicken. Do not use human tooth paste.

Nail clippers. Unless you are a pro at cutting a dog's nails, I suggest buying a puppy size nail clipper to start with. Puppies' nails should be cut once a week. The sooner you begin trimming your pup's nails, the easier it will be once they are older.

Ear cleaning solution. Pups should have their ears cleaned once a week. Get them used to this right away.

Puppy toy(s) or bone. Nylabones are excellent to have on hand and are safe for your pup to chew on. Toys are very helpful to use when playing with your pup and to keep her active and in good shape. They are also useful to help her develop her senses, coordination and curiosity. I recommend a Nylabone, a Kong toy of your choice, a tennis ball, and a toy that hangs and can be moved to capture your attention such as a bone attached by a shoelace.

Helpful (but not essential) puppy items:

Feeding mat (not essential, but helpful to have a placemat or towel underneath the feeding bowl and water dish as your puppy is bound to be quite messy when eating and drinking.

Nail file
Retractable leash (if you are planning on using one to train).

Baby gates.
These will keep a puppy contained to a specific room or area of the house.

Cottage cheese and yogurt (plain). Add a teaspoon of cottage cheese along with some water to your pup's meals the first two weeks to help moisten the food. The cottage cheese is good for extra protein as well for your growing pup. Give your pup a teaspoon of plain yogurt twice a week to help restore their intestinal flora. Dogs love this stuff!

Bitter apple-found at a local pet supply store. This can safely be sprayed on areas you do not want your pup to bite as the taste is bitter to (most) dogs.

Dog bed. It is helpful to have two areas of the house your dog can call your own. Be sure they are in secure places. Dog beds or even a soft towel or blanket can be used for a puppy to sleep on outside of the kennel during the day.

Basket to keep near where your puppy sleeps (on top of the kennel works well).

Keep your pups toys, grooming items, leash, etc. handy). Keep the basket out of your puppy's reach however as they will try to chew it.

Must haves to buy and do:

Have a stack of old towels (dish towels will do) handy. If you don't have any or don't have any you don't want to part with, buy a bunch of them at a dollar store.

Rug and floor cleaner. Be sure you have laundry detergent and bleach on hand. Towels and puppy bedding need to be cleaned often.

Deodorizer. There are a number of dog deodorizers on the market. In addition, you can use them throughout the entire house and on your couch or car fabric while dog deodorizers are specific to house training needs.

Paper towels. Very helpful for cleaning up spilled messes, or puppy accidents.

Walk through your home and check to see that there are no loose wires, the electric outlets are covered if not in use, shoes are put away, window blind cords are not dangling, any potentially dangerous object is removed from the path your puppy will be traveling on and any object you would not like broken is stashed to a higher location or put away until further down the road. Puppies chew everything and are curious about anything in their path.

Decide on a name. If possible, tell your breeder what name you chose, so they can start using this name. Choose a name that is understandable to a dog. Dogs are not people and will have a hard time understanding words that are longer than 2 syllables. Choose a name that ends with a long vowel or a soft a (e.g. Ivy or Anna).

Decide who is going to be responsible for the puppy. Who will feed it? Walk it? Play with it? Especially if you have a number of family members, take some time to figure this out before the puppy comes. The first few weeks your puppy is home is very crucial to its development and socialization with people. You want to be sure that everyone in the home is on the same page about how the pup will be cared for, disciplined and played with. Sending conflicting messages can be damaging to having a well trained pup.

Educate your children on how to handle a pup (no picking them up in the middle) and how to play with the puppy. Children can be over zealous in playing with a new animal and may unintentionally harm your puppy.

Lastly, one of the most important things to do and probably one of the best things you can do for your pup is to have one person block out the week your new family member will be brought home (and preferably the first two weeks). Take vacation time from work. It will be well worth it in the end. Puppies should never be left alone for large blocks of time, especially their first week to a new home. They need to go outside constantly, they need the security and comfort that their needs will be taken care of and this is a crucial time in socialization of your pup as well as a very important bonding time.
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