I’m certain this is bound to change over time, but it’s never too early to start thinking about everything I’m going to need.
First, we have the basics:
- Collar with ID tags
- Leash-4 ft/1.2m
- Food-Sample of current food, and new food.
- Food/Water bowls
Then we have the travel items, some of which are only really needed to bring Nym home:
- Travel Crate (For use until housetraining is complete)
- Travel harness and seat belt hook (For use after housetraining.)
- Travel food/water bowls
- Item from home/the breeder (The scent will help to comfort her.)
Then we have the miscellaneous extras, not entirely necessary to get beforehand:
- Toys (training, learning, chew and mental stimulation)
- Taste deterrent (Mainly to protect my precious laptop charger and tablet, but also for discouraging unwanted chewing.)
There’s also training items:
- Training leash-20 ft/6m
- Training aids (Clicker)
- Dog-safe shampoo
- Nail clippers
- Grooming table
- Coat clippers
And emergency items:
- Dog first-aid kit
- Dog-safe medications (For my current area, primarily allergy/bee sting.)
Some of these items can be purchased later on, but some will be needed from the start. Some, like the crate, can actually be found in garage sales for cheap if I stake them out beforehand, or bought off Craigslist for a fraction of the price of buying the item new. In fact, both the crate and the grooming table will almost certainly be gotten this way if possible. Some of the other items, like the bowls and grooming supplies, must be bought new for sanitary reasons.
This is the current list. I expect it to change over time, and I know some of it can’t be bought until after Nym is home, such as food and ID tags. (Though I may buy the tag and have it engraved before picking her up.) Some of it will need buying prior to pick-up, or loaning if I can’t afford to buy it. I know of people who may be willing to loan me a travel crate for the first few days, so I can pick her up and take her to her first vet appointment.
Other items will be needed with time. I fully expect to have to buy more than one collar as she grows; however, part of the fun of getting a poodle is accessorizing them with a few nice collars or bandannas.
There’s one more important item I will need, and that will be her harness, but more on that as time draws nearer.