New Puppy Checklist – 31 essentials you’ll need

New white cockapoo puppy with carrot

Written by Jo Littlewood

Thinking about what to buy for a new puppy can be scary – there’s so many things to think about! Luckily, we’ve created this ultimate puppy checklist to help you out.

This checklist will help you understand what you and your puppy will need at the start of your new adventure. In total, there are 31 essential items that you’ll need.

You’ll also need to think about what presents you’re going to buy your cute little pup!

We’ve broken the checklist down into topics to show you the different things you’ll need to think about. These are:

  • Sleep
  • Food
  • Travel, training and entertainment
  • Toileting and care
  • Home adjustments

New puppy checklist:

If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy, you might be interested in these 29 Adorable Dog Names.

If you’re wondering how to research a cockapoo breeder, we’ve also got a really useful article about that, as well as a big list of UK breeders.

In one big checklist, here are the essential items you’ll need for your new puppy.

Sleep and creating a puppy den

Cockapoo sitting in a dog crate
Ziggy enjoying his crate!
  • The right sized dog crate for getting your pup into a sleeping routine. It also helps with everything from toilet training to separation anxiety, as explained in our easy guide.
  • Blankets are a good alternative to a proper bed for the first few weeks as they’re easier to wash!
  • Comfort toy for the first few nights when your puppy will be missing its brothers and sisters.

Food items 

Best food for cockapoos
We recommend barking heads. They’re awesome.

Travel items for a new puppy

  • Harness and seat belt. Did you know that in the UK it is now illegal to drive with a dog who isn’t properly restrained?
  • Retractable leads are brilliant for getting your puppy used to walking on a lead. If they are refusing to walk, simply walk away as far as the lead will go and you can bet they’ll follow!
  • Collar – because even if you are planning on using a harness, collars are super convenient.
  • Name tag. Again, this is a legal requirement in the UK – your dog needs to have a tag displaying its ownership information.

Training essentials

Keeping your puppy entertained 

New puppy checklist Cockapoo with tornado puzzle toy
He loves this puzzle toy!
  • Mind-bending puzzle toys that stretch your dog’s mind and keeps it entertained.

Toileting and care  

  • First things first – consider downloading the Joii Pet Care App, which is free to download, gives you a free symptom checker, and lets you book a video call with a vet for just £24! So, so, handy for when you want a little peace of mind – 24 hours a day!
  • Puppy pads – these are optional, but they are a quick and effective way of telling your pooch where to pee!
  • Nail clippers that have an inbuilt guard to stop you from cutting a vein.
  • Detangle spray and conditioner that helps to maintain a healthy coat.

Home adjustments (aka puppy proofing!) 

  • Baby gate barriers to section off parts of the home. These are really helpful if you want to keep the puppy contained while toilet training.
  • Odor remover helps to remove smells caused by little accidents and stops certain spots from becoming pee areas!


Hopefully this new puppy checklist has helped you to understand all of the things you’ll need.

If you’re concerned about the price of buying all these items at once, the most essential things to buy are:

Everything else can technically be bought as you go along.

Do make sure to download the Joii Pet Care App, which is free to download but good to have on hand should you want to book a vet video call at short notice. 

If you decide to go down this route, though, make sure that you still buy all of the items on this checklist.

This is because, in the long run, these essential items will help you to save money – either by preventing damage to your home or by preventing trips to the vets.

If you’re liking the idea of buying a cockapoo – check out our research on the average cost of a cockapoo in the uk. Or our guide to buying a cockapoo puppy.

If you’ve found this page useful, you might like our quick guide to choosing the perfect puppy name.

Who runs this website?

Hello, Jo and Paul here! We have owned a number of different breeds of dogs over the years, but none as amazing as our cockapoo Ziggy!

We created this site to share everything we have learned about this brilliant breed of dog!

You can learn more about us, and how we approach the topics we write about on our about us page.