New Puppy Supplies: What’s Important

What do I need, you ask?

Congratulations on your decision to bring home a new puppy from Crooked Star Bulldogges! As responsible breeders, we believe that preparing for the arrival of your new furry family member is just as important as selecting the perfect puppy. That’s why we’ve put together this blog post to guide you through the process of gathering all the necessary supplies to make your new puppy’s transition into their forever home as smooth as possible. Whether you’re a first-time bulldog owner or a seasoned dog parent, we’re here to provide expert recommendations on the essential supplies you’ll need for your new Crooked Star Bulldogge puppy. With our help, you can be confident that you have everything you need to provide a happy and healthy home for your new furry friend.

Puppy food

Puppies need proper nutrition to grow into healthy adult dogs. To avoid upset tummies during what can already be a stressful time, Chris and I have provided you with several days worth of food. We feed our supplies Purina Pro Plan Chicken and Rice (Shredded). We have found this food to be nutritionally balanced, and everyone seems to tolerate it well. Once they’ve settled in, talk to your veterinarian about the other food options for your puppy and their specific needs. If you do decide to change food brands, do it over time; otherwise, you may end up with some issues.

Puppy treats

First and foremost, NO RAWHIDE!  NO EXCEPTION! Puppy treats play a big role in training your new addition. Look for treats that are soft, chewable, and low in fat and calories. Remember that while treats help build a bond and reinforce positive behaviors during training, they shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your pet’s overall diet.  We also recommend sticking to one type of treat at a time.  If you purchase several types, flavors, brands, etc, and your puppy gets an upset stomach, you do not know which treat caused the issues.

Food and water bowls

Your puppy should have dedicated food and water bowls. While you may not leave your puppy’s food bowl out, fresh water should always be available. If you find your puppy eats too fast, consider a slow-feeding bowl, designed to help your puppy eat at a more appropriate pace.  In addition, we suggest stainless or porcelain-type bowls, stay away from plastic.

Collar, harness, leash, and I.D. tag

Walking your new full vaccinated puppy is a great way to get active and helps your puppy socialize and learn leash-walking manners. You’ll need a secure and sturdy leash and collar before you get going. If your puppy pulls, ask a dog trainer or a store partner about alternative options that can help discourage the behavior. Collars should be adorned with a filled-out identification tag that includes your puppy’s name and your contact information.


Housetraining is a big part of new puppy parenthood and requires patience and dedication. Chris and I are BIG believers in crates and crate training.  Crate training allows your puppy to have a safe-feeling place of their own in your home while also helping to minimize accidents on the carpet and inappropriate chewing on unattended shoes and other items. VERY IMPORTANT – Plan to crate your puppy whenever you cannot watch them, including when you’re out of the house at work and overnight while you’re sleeping.

Puppy toys

All dogs need mental stimulation, and toys are a great way to play and interact with your new puppy. Look for toys designed for puppies—they’re usually smaller and work better with their puppy teeth—and consider interactive treat toys and puzzle toys to keep your puppy engaged and busy. Dedicate time in your day for playing and building your bond.

Both Oldies and Frenchies are prolific chewers, therefore you nee to consider toys that will be able to stand up to their aggressive chewing.  Stay away from toys with squeakers or filling, as they can easily become choking hazards.  If you puppy tears up a toy, remove it immediately.

Bitter Apple Spray

After puppy-proofing your home, there may still be a few items you can’t just place out of puppy’s reach, like the corners of your furniture, window seals, etc. Bitter Apple Spray can be applied to most household items. It’s scentless for humans but tastes nasty to dogs and keeps their curious mouths away.

Some sort of enzyme cleaner

Even the best-trained puppy will have an indoor accident at some point, and it should be cleaned up within seconds when possible. The difference between enzyme cleansers and your regular household spray is that the enzymes will eliminate odors that only your dog can smell, reducing any reminder that he’s gone potty in any particular part of your house. Also, avoid any cleaning agent that contains ammonia — the chemical smells just like pee to a dog, and dogs love “going” where they’ve “gone” before.

Grooming supplies

Although they will not be needed immediately,  your puppy will need to be groomed and learn how to be have during the process. Their coat will need regular washing, combing and brushing.  They will also need their claws trimmed, ears cleaned, and teeth brushed. To be prepared for the grooming routine as soon as they comes home, outside of the obvious, towels, etc you may also want to have these grooming supplies ready and (most importantly) understand how to properly use them:

  • Bristle brush
  • Conditioning spray
  • Cotton balls
  • Ear cleaning solution
  • Grooming table or grooming area
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Slicker brush
  • Styptic powder
  • Baby wipes