The Top 10 Must Have Items for a New Puppy

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.

  1. Food and water dishes
  2. Dog collars
  3. Leashes and kennel leads
  4. Dog beds
  5. Dog crates
  6. Housebreaking and potty training supplies
  7. Dog toys
  8. Dog treats
  9. Dog grooming supplies
  10. 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.

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