Whether you’ve made the decision to bring a new four-footed companion into your life or someone surprises you with one (puppies are a popular gift for a birthday, holiday or special occasion)…there are a few essential items you’ll need to acquire to ensure this new commitment goes smoothly.
Getting a new puppy is a wonderful experience, but it can also be a stressful time for both you as the owner and the puppy as both of you work to adjust to your new life together.
To make things simple we’ve put together a quick list of the 10 most essential things a new dog owner will want to have.
- Food and water dishes
- Dog collars
- Leashes and kennel leads
- Dog beds
- Dog crates
- Housebreaking and potty training supplies
- Dog toys
- Dog treats
- Dog grooming supplies
- A good source for pet supplies
Even if you’re not the owner of a new pet, these are also great items to include in a gift basket for someone you know that’s recently become the proud new owner of a puppy or shelter dog.
You don’t need to get all of them, but one or two of them should go a long way. Just as a housewarming gift basket is appropriate for someone who has just moved into a new home, a new puppy gift basket can be greatly appreciated by someone overwhelmed by the responsibilities of owning a new pet.
So…if you’re not the proud owner of a new puppy, but know someone who is…be a good friend and share this page with him or her! Print it off, email it to them, share it on Facebook or pick up a few of the items listed here as a gift.
What do you think? What’s on your list of must have items for new puppy owners? Share your tips in the comments.