Prepare for the journey of a lifetime with our must-have dog essentials for new parents. From grooming to playtime, ensure your pup’s happiness.
So, you’ve chosen to get a puppy as a new family member. Or you might have fallen in love with an older dog at a rescue. Either way, you must ensure you have everything you need for a dog before you start your dreamy life of sitting on the couch and playing fetch for hours.
We’ve compiled a list of must-have things to help your new dog get off to the best possible start. We can help you with everything from doggie basics, trip must-haves and ensuring your dog is healthy. Read on to find out more!
MUST-HAVE DOG ESSENTIALS
Before you bring your new pet friend home, you must ensure you have everything you need. Use this guide for first-time dog owners to make sure your home is ready for a dog.
DOG LEASH: FOR DOG WALKING
A dog leash is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of something dogs need. You’ll need a leash to take your dog on those long, relaxing walks. Getting a new dog to join your pack of wolves? With a double dog collar, you can walk two dogs simultaneously with just one handle that is easy to hold. Keep one hand free to clean up after your dog or answer the phone. No more tangled leashes when walking every day. The total length of this double dog leash is five and a half feet, and each collar is four feet long. It is available in five different colors.
DOG COLLAR: FOR SAFETY AND IDENTIFICATION
Collars are something that every dog needs to have. Even if you use a leash for walks, your dog should always wear a collar with an ID tag. Get one that fits your dog’s attitude, like a pink one with glitter or a black one with spikes. Make sure you choose the right size and width for their present size. You can always buy another as your puppy grows. Also, if you have more than one dog that looks the same, bands can help you tell them apart quickly.
DOG SWIMMING POOL: FOR PLAYTIME AND BATHTIME
When it’s hot out, having a swimming pool for your dog is a lot of fun. Dogs sweat through their paws, so jumping in a pool cools them off. If your dog doesn’t like water, this small swimming pool can also be used as a dog bath when you want to clean it at home. It comes in small, medium, and large sizes to fit dogs of different sizes. It folds up, so it’s easy to store. It is made of materials that are safe and won’t hurt you.
DOG BED: FOR SLEEPING
A dog’s bed is a special spot in the house that is just for them. Add this memory foam sofa-style dog bed to your list of things you need for your dog. It gives dogs the choice of resting their heads on the side with bolsters or splaying out on the open side. It comes in sizes for all dog sizes: small, medium, large, giant, and jumbo plus. This bed is soft on old dogs’ joints because it is made of heated medical-grade memory foam. Unzip the cover and throw it in the washing machine to clean it.
FOOD AND WATER BOWLS: FOR MEALTIME
A dog needs food, drink, and love the most. Money can’t buy love, but it is useful when purchasing food and water bowls.
Some bowls sit on the floor, while others are higher. Raised bowls are especially helpful for big dogs or dogs that can’t get down low enough to reach them.
Whether you choose regular bowls or a self-feeder that does everything for you, ensure you get the right size for your dog. Get your dog some portable bowls so he can drink on the go.
CAR SEAT COVER DOG BED: FOR TRAVEL
Whether you want to take your dog on a long road trip or just to Grandma’s house across town, buying a car seat cushion that can also be used as a dog bed is always a good idea. A seat cover keeps dirt, scratches, and fur from getting inside your car. Plus, it gives your dog a place to curl up in the vehicle just for them. This car seat cover fits over the top, a single seat, or the whole back seat like a hammock. Pick black, clay, or gray to match the inside of your car. This padded car seat cover dog bed is made of fabric that doesn’t get wet and has straps that can be moved.
CHEW TOY: FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STIMULATION
Every dog needs something to play with, but not all dog toys are the same. Find a puzzle-treat toy that is safe, easy to clean, and strong so your dog won’t destroy it on the first day they play with it. Plus points if you can find one to hold treats and give them out to keep your dog interested.
DOG CRATE: FOR TRIPS TO THE VET
Don’t worry; the little dogs have been remembered. This compact dog crate that folds up to 36 inches is great for small dogs or puppies. Use it to get them somewhere on a trip or to the vet. Just use a seat belt to keep it safe in the car. Add this lightweight pop-up box to your list of things you must bring for your dog when camping. You could also use it to train your dog at home. This box is gray and has mesh holes that let air in. It comes with a storage bag so that it takes up less room in a crowded closet.
PET COMB OR BRUSH: FOR GROOMING
We love our pets, but sometimes air all over the house is only occasionally fun. No matter how often you sweep or clean, that sneaky ball of fur will always roll across the floor as you walk by. Help them shed less by brushing them frequently.
FURNITURE COVER DOG BED: FOR PROTECTING YOUR FURNITURE
There are many good things about getting a new dog, but your furniture will suffer. Your active dog will likely scratch or stain something (or use it as a second bed at some point). This changeable dog bed cover frees your couch of hair and protects you from teeth and claws. It also lets you cuddle with your dog without damaging the furniture. This cover comes in four sizes and two colors to fit dogs of all shapes and sizes. It has bolsters on three sides to give your dog a place to rest his head. Plus, it doesn’t get wet and can be worn on both sides.
BACKPACK DOG CARRIER: FOR ADVENTUROUS PUPS
You can bring your dog with you on your next trip, no matter how short their legs are. With a backpack-style dog carrier, your dog can see the sights from a different angle. It can carry dogs up to 22 pounds and is great for hiking, biking, or visiting a new city. With holes for the legs, arms, and tail, a lightweight cage will keep your dog safe and sound. Would you like to keep an eye on your dog? Use it as a bag with the front facing out!
DOG SHOES: FOR HOT SUMMER DAYS
We’ve all had summer afternoons that are so hot that even the air feels hot. But did you know that the sidewalk gets so hot that it can burn the pads of your dog’s paws? Try the seven-second rule to find out if the ground is too hot. On hot days, protect their little paws with shoes that let a lot of air through.
DOG TOOTHBRUSH TOY: FOR ORAL HEALTH
Do you think that only people can get gingivitis? Dogs often get gingivitis, but it can be prevented if you start early. Find a dog toothbrush toy that cleans your dog’s gums and teeth and gives them something to chew on at the same time. They are great for puppies to chew on or for any dog to play with. Plaque on the back teeth can be removed by biting on a rubber toy. Tip: Spread peanut butter on it to treat your dog or keep him busy.
WATER-REPELLENT DOG COAT: FOR OUTDOORSY PUPS
Why should your dog get wet in the rain if you don’t want to? This coat is a must-have if you live where it rains often and hate the smell of a wet dog. To hook the leash to the harness or collar, you have to open it. This coat is stretchy and warm on the inside. It also covers most of the front legs. It’s thin but warm enough to wear in the rain, snow, or cold wind. With its bright strips, your dog will be easier to see at night, which is a little extra safety. It can be washed and dried in a washing machine.
DOG BATH ESSENTIALS: FOR BATHTIME
Baths and cleaning are important for your dog’s health and smell, and doing them yourself can save you money in the long run. Look for a 2-in-1 bath brush and shampoo dispenser that helps you lather while rubbing shampoo into your dog’s skin and fur. Pour water and liquid shampoo into this brush feeder, and the suds will start to come out when you press the button. Or, you can brush your dog without water using soft silicone bristles on dry fur.
DOG ANXIETY VEST: FOR NERVOUS DOGS
Anxiety is a problem for both people and dogs. Especially when you’re going somewhere new or going through a change, when a dog is anxious, it will pace, pant, and shake. A dog anxiety vest can help your dog stay calm in stressful situations, like when you take them to the vet or move to a new house. A small, well-fitted vest puts gentle pressure on a dog’s body, which calms it down. An anxiety vest can help them feel better when there are storms, fireworks, or even a vacuum cleaner. Anxiety vests are one non-drug way to help them feel better until the stress disappears.
POOP BAGS: FOR DAILY CLEAN-UPS
Last but not least, every dog lover needs poop bags. It’s not the best thing about having a dog, but it’s part of the deal. It is polite to clean up after your dog, and it keeps your yard clean and gives you peace of mind as you walk through it. It also helps the earth. You can always have several on hand with a poop bag holder that clips to your belt loop. Whether you choose regular bags or ones that can be composted, make sure you get the right size for your dog.
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