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All Things "New Puppy & Dog" Start Here

Bringing home a new pup (or thinking about getting one)? We’ve got you covered! Find everything you'll need—from pre-arrival planning to settling in at home.

Getting Ready

Bringing a new pet into the home can be equal parts exciting and stressful. If you're prepared with the right supplies, everyone can feel more relaxed right from the start.

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Food & Water Bowls

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Crates & Gates

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Pee Pads & Poop Bags

A Nutritious Start

Dazzled by the wide array of choices for feeding your dog? Never fear—we’ve been leading the way in healthy nutrition solutions for more than 35 years, with a range of products to suit every taste and need.

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Wet Food - Puppy

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Wet Food - Adult

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Dry Food - Puppy

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Dry Food - Adult

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Food Toppers

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How to Choose Dog Food

Fun & Play

As you get to know your puppy or new dog, you'll learn more about their "play preferences." If you haven't figured out your pup’s favorite way to play yet, try a variety of toys and chews to keep them engaged and entertained.

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Dog Toys

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Interactive Puzzles

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Dog Treats

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Dental & Chews

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How to Choose Dog Toys

Supplies for Success

From potty-training supplies to calmatives, supplements to grooming aids, we’ve got everything you’ll need to get started and into a great routine for success.

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Vitamins & Supplements

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Brushing & Bathing

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Nail & Paw Care

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Flea & Tick

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Stain & Odor Removers

Healthy Dogs & Puppies



What Should I Feed My Puppy?

The nutritional needs of puppies can vary as widely as their breeds. It’s best to consult with your veterinarian if you have specific questions, but we suggest starting them off with an all-life-stage or growth formula.

When should you transition them to adult food? When they've reached 90% of their "full-grown size." Most dogs hit that benchmark when they are 9 to 12 months old, but large and giant breed dogs may take 18 to 24 months to fully grow.

How Should I Choose My Dog's Food?

All foods available at Mud Bay contain enough nutrients for your dog’s overall health, and you can customize a diet to suit your dog’s—and your own—preferences.

One way to improve your dog’s overall nutrition is to practice rotational feeding. For healthy dogs, changing the protein source they eat regularly can help them avoid developing food sensitivities. (Rotational feeding can be as easy as swapping between a chicken- and a beef-based kibble from the same brand each time you buy a new bag.) Learn More

How Should I Transition My Dog's Food to a Different Diet?

Making an immediate switch to a different brand, formula, or food type may be tempting, but it can significantly disrupt your dog's digestive system. We recommend gradual food transitions that take a week or more. That will allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust to any changes and reduce the chance of any potential tummy issues. Learn More

What About Dietary Supplements?

Supplements can address aging and certain health conditions, and can also provide a strong foundation of wellness. And, many supplements are designed to be a part of your dog's daily diet.

Before adding anything new to your dog’s diet—including supplements—be sure to discuss your plans with a veterinarian. They can make sure there are no underlying health conditions that need medical attention. Learn More

What Are the Best Toys for My Puppy or Dog?

Dogs are multifaceted creatures with energy levels and interests that can vary from day to day—basically, all kinds of play are good kinds of play! To make choosing toys easier for you, Mud Bay categorizes toys based on various play types.