10 Things To Buy For Your New Labrador Puppy


It is a lot of fun shopping for your new puppy,  but puppy gear can be expensive. Fortunately, some of the major purchases can often be borrowed from friends, or purchased second hand. We’ve made a checklist of the most important things to buy for your new Labrador puppy.

1. Baby Gates For Puppies

dog gate with cat doorBaby gates are used to keep small puppies out of certain parts of your home. A baby gate that restricts your puppy to rooms with washable floors. It will also stop your puppy hurting himself on the stairs or playing unsupervised on your carpets.

2. A Puppy Crate

A puppy crate is used to create a safe den for your puppy.  It prevents him hurting himself when you cannot watch him (whilst you are sleeping for example)  and helps you to house train him.

0001-122709030(paid link)You need a small crate, or a big crate with a divider inside. It needs to be small, both to make the puppy feel safe, and to ensure he does not camp at one end, and use the other as a toilet. You’ll find lots of ideas and suggestions here  Puppy Crates

If you are not sure whether or not you actually need a crate, or how to use one,  check out this article: The benefits of a dog crate.

3. Car Crates For Labradors

A plastic carry crate with handle will see your puppy through the first few weeks.

51guR9fLCeLBut once he gets heavy, and better at chewing, you’ll need a sturdy, well constructed car crate.

These are available in a huge range of shapes and sizes to fit your vehicle. And some alternatives, such as a doggy seat belts and car dividers too.

You can find a great range of travel crates for Labradors in this article.

4. Puppy Bedding For Labradors

Vet bedding fleece on a roll(paid link) is ideal puppy bedding.

luxury bed for Labrador puppyYou can line both his bed and his car crate with this. Buy several pieces so that you can pop one in the washing machine when it gets dirty or if he has an accident.

There are lots of lovely beds you can get to go around the house, but in those first days veterinary bedding(paid link) is an essential alternative to keep his crate cosy and clean.

For your pup’s comfy bed in the living room, check out our Labrador Beds And Bedding Article here.

5. Puppy Toys For Labradors

happy-puppy-new-life1bPuppy toys need to be sturdy.

Many puppies destroy soft toys quite quickly though they are so adorable, you may not be able to resist buying one or two.

Kongs and rope toys are very tough and seem to survive the onslaught of puppy teeth. You can find our favourites here: The Very Best Toys For Labradors

6. A Radio

10 things to buy new puppy(paid link)If you intend your puppy to sleep alone in the kitchen from the first night,  you may find it helpful to leave a radio next to his crate.

Just a simple, cheap Portable Radio(paid link) with the volume turned down low can serve the same role as some human company. It just helps him feel less along during those first few nights when he may be feeling very homesick.

7. Puppy Harness

There is no rush for this,  but once your puppy is too heavy to carry, and going out and about on the ground, he needs some kind of safety restraint.

0001-135981560These days I usually recommend a harness as they avoid pulling on the puppies neck. The kind where the lead attaches at the front and on the back are ideal.

You can find an expert review of the big brands of harnesses, from a professional trainer here.

When he is older and has learned to walk next to you, you can buy him a collar. We also have some stylish ideas for you in our article on the Best Dog Collars and Leashes For Labradors.

8. A Clicker

dogsline clicker(paid link)A clicker is used as an ‘event marker’.

To let your puppy know when he has done something you like. It is a really useful tool to help you teach your puppy to be quiet, and to learn simple skills.

You can buy a very basic clicker very cheaply(paid link), you don’t need anything fancy. It will make training your puppy much quicker, easier and a lot more fun.

9. A Dog Whistle

dog whistle(paid link)A whistle is used as a ‘cue’ to tell your puppy to do something.

Getting a recall to whistle established at an early age gets your puppy training off to a great start.

I recommend the Acme Dog Whistle(paid link). There is plenty of information on the use and choice of dog whistles in this article: Should you buy a dog whistle

The Labrador Handbook by Pippa Mattinson(paid link)

10. The Happy Puppy Handbook

Happy Puppy jacket image(paid link)The Happy Puppy Handbook(paid link) is packed with information on every aspect of raising and training your Labrador puppy.

It will help to get you off to a great start with your new puppy. Now an Amazon Bestseller, The Happy Puppy Handbook was written by Labrador Site creator, Pippa Mattinson

Have fun with your puppy!  Don’t forget to join the forum for help and support, and to let us know how you get on.

The Labrador Site Founder

Pippa Mattinson is the best selling author of The Happy Puppy Handbook, the Labrador Handbook, Choosing The Perfect Puppy, and Total Recall.

She is also the founder of the Gundog Trust and the Dogsnet Online Training Program 

Pippa's online training courses were launched in 2019 and you can find the latest course dates on the Dogsnet website


  1. Hi Pippa,
    This is Pratik here I have a lab which is 3months old and now its started losing its hairs from past days. I have changed his food from Royal canin to Drools. and after starting the food the problem of hair loss is started is it because of the same reason or any other reason. and which food to give my lab. and how to stop its hair loss. kindly reply…