So your friends recently adopted a dog and are now planning a dog shower’. Surprise, surprise, you’re invited! The problem is you have no idea what to give the new pawrent. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are 11 essential items for new dog owners that you can buy:
Get a collar for restraint, identification, fashion, and protection. Dog moms and dads can put important personal information as well as medical information. BusinessInsider.com named the Lupine Pet Eco Dog Collar ($15.93 on Amazon) the best in the US.
Some people don’t like the appeal of collars, so a harness might offer a more holistic approach. It makes it easier to control bigger dogs and gentler for smaller pups. Good Housekeeping calls the Voyager Step-In Air Dog Harness ($12.26 on Amazon) top slip-on harness.
Pawrents have to keep their pets on a short (and sturdy) leash whenever they go out in public. Mendota Products Snap Leash ($13 on Amazon) is a waterproof, nylon leash with handsome leather accents that make it stand out.
4. Food bowls
Dogs eat and they make a lot of mess. Make feeding time more formal and organized with Amazon Basics’ Stainless Steel Pet Dog Water And Food Bowl, Set of 2 (11 x 3 inches). It’s perfect for dry kibble, wet foods, treats, and water. Rust-resistant, rubber base, and features a no-tip design. It’s dishwasher-safe too for easy cleaning.
Puppies, as cute as they are, should not be too comfortable on their owner’s bed. When they grow up they will claim the bedroom and that can be a problem. The Casper Memory Foam Dog Bed ($113 on Amazon) is durable, easy-to-clean, and is a human-grade mattress for pets.
New dog owners need to teach dogs to respect boundaries. So as early as now, get them an Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure-Mounted Farmhouse Gate ($22.49 on Target) to block off (and protect) parts of the house where they are not allowed.
Your friends will eventually travel with their new baby pup and they could use a dog crate. Luckily, there is a Diggs Revol Dog Crate ($245 on Amazon) for all dog shapes and sizes. They are travel-friendly, safe, and made of durable, high-grade materials. Definitely an essential item for new dog owners who like to travel.
Still can’t decide on what to get for the new fur parents? You could never go wrong with doggy treats. Blue-9 Pet Products’ Inspire Dog Training Treats ($9.95 on Amazon and Blue9.com) are made from the finest ingredients.
9. Puppy pads
Get a pack of American Kennel Club AKC Training Pads ($26.50 on Amazon) for your friend so they can teach their dog to mark specific spots as territories, and not stink up the entire house. It comes in different scents, is leak-proof, and features odor control.
10. Poop bags
Pet owners will be needing a lifetime supply of these things. It will be a good idea to buy a pack or two. Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags 270 bags/ 18 rolls ($11.99 on Amazon). They are thick, scented, and 100% leak-proof guaranteed.
Finally, the last on the list of dog essentials for new owners are toys. There are lots of toys to choose from. Just make sure the ones you get are not choking hazards and toxic. Ethical Pet SPOT Play Strong “S” Bone ($18.82 on Amazon) is guaranteed safe, durable, and non-toxic.
Did we miss any essential items for new dog owners? Let us know in the comments section below. Happy shopping!