New Dog Checklist: Collar: This is the first thing that you need to get for your new friend. I.D. Tag: If your pooch ever goes on an adventure without you, this is the first way people will try and get in touch with you! Leash: Dogs love exercise, so a good leash is a must have. Crate: This is an effective method for potty training. You can use this when you leave fido home alone or during nap time. Bedding: If you don't want your dog on your furniture, then bedding is a must. Their joints get sore from laying on hard flooring, so you'll want to get something comfy and cushy! Food and Water Bowls: When you're potty training you'll want to feed your pooch at certain times of the day, but you'll want to be sure that he/she always has water available. Food: If you can afford quality pet food, that is the way to go. Go to your local pet supply store and ask someone what brand will be best for your pup. Treats: Dogs are just like us, they want to be rewarded for good behavior. Treats are great for training . . . or they can be given for being so darn cute! Toys: Other than walks, this is the best way to bond with your dog. Be sure to include some toys that can handle lots of chewing (the KONG is a great toy for that). Veterinarian: Finding a veterinarian you love and trust can be daunting. It helps to ask friends or read online reviews for clinics in your area.