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By Kristy Smolenski Nelson

What do you need for your new puppy?

So, you just got a new puppy, and aren't sure where to start. What are some things you need for your new puppy? If you are a first-time puppy owner, the task of what to buy can seem daunting. So if you aren't sure, please continue reading. You'll be provided with 10 things every new puppy needs.
1. Two bowls
For your new puppy, you need at least two bowls, one for food and one for water. Some people add treat bowls and other excesses, but that's for later. For now, stick with two. Keep it simple as your new puppy gets used to his or her new home and family.
2. Toys
All puppies not only like to play, but will eventually enter the teething stage. Make sure you are prepared for both with plenty of toys. It's better to have that puppy chew on a chew toy rather than one of your favorite shoes (or books, or really favorite objects, because in all likelihood, anything you forget about and leave out is fair game for chewing).
3. A dog bed
The next thing you need is a dog bed. Your dog may sleep with you at night, but he or she still needs a cozy bed for daily naps. Make sure to get a dog bed that fits your puppy's size with a bit of growing room. That way you won't have to double back and buy a new one after the year is up and your puppy has done quite a bit of growing.
4. Collar and leash
All puppies need a collar for ID and shot tags, and a leash for walking. Walking is a great way for both of you to get exercise, and for your puppy to get out some of that active energy.
5. Tags
Name tags are necessary in case your puppy wanders off; you can include your phone number and address for a safe return home. Better safe than sorry with this one, as you want your puppy to stay safe and come back to you if he or she wanders off.
6. Brush
All dogs also need to be groomed, so a brush for hair is standard. Try to brush your puppy when he or she gets to shedding, and don't forget to introduce the puppy to brushing while it is still young, so it's easier to do later in life.
7. Dog shampoo
Dogs have their own set of skin issues, so it is best to get a shampoo directed specifically at your dog for comfort. The better your puppy's skin, the better its health will be.
8. Pet cleaner
When housetraining, expect accidents. A good pet cleaner will help save both your carpets and your stress level.
9. Puppy food
Since puppies are growing babies, they need rich food that is a bit different than regular dog food. Be safe and buy puppy food for healthy growth.
10. A good camera
To catch all the cute moments of your growing new family member, you are going to want an effective digital camera!

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