Before you welcome a new puppy into your home, you’ll need to make sure your space is ready for them. Puppies require a lot of attention and care, so making a checklist of what you’ll need is suggested, and picking up these basics for your new puppy is a great place to start.
Best Puppy Toys
This personalized starter set of puppy toys from the AKC Shop includes all-natural treats that are made in the USA, plush and spiky toys, and the AKC’s digital guide to owning a new puppy. It also comes with a fleece blanket that you can personalize with your dog’s name.
The box has a perfect five-star rating, and reviewers rave that their pups enjoyed the treats and toys. Price: $42
Best Food & Water Bowls for Puppies
For a dinner time that’s mess-free, consider WESEN’s rust-resistant stainless-steel bowl set. The set has a collapsible bowl and two dishwasher-safe dinner bowls. They sit on a silicone mat that stays rooted to the floor so your dog can’t slide it around.
Customers reported these secure bowls don’t spill, but they may be on the smaller side for big pups. Price: $23
Best Elevated Puppy Bed
Kuranda’s elevated dog bed is made out of walnut PVC, making it easy-to-clean, and able to support up to 100 pounds. The bed’s fabric is abrasion-resistant and tucks into the frame to discourage chewing.
Reviewers praised this bed and highlighted its ability to stand up to strong puppy chewers. Price: $85
Best Soft Puppy Bed
Your puppy will sink into this adorable donut bed. The oval size makes it easy for pups to curl up, while the bumpers around the outside provide head support. The Best Friends bed is made with soft faux shag fur and is safe for washers and dryers.
Pups love cuddling in this soft bed, but some consumers warned of wear and tear after repeated use. Price: $34
Best Crate for Puppies
The IRIS Wire Dog Crate comes in small and large, which is great since crates have to be replaced as dogs grow. The crate has a sliding door with a latch, removable mesh roof, and non-skid rubber feet.
Consumers praised this easy-to-assemble crate, though some wished for a bit more sturdy roof. Price: $120
Best Puppy Training Leash
Designed for medium and large dogs, this nylon training leash is 15 feet long and perfect for distance training and walks in the backyard and park. A nickel-plated clip will resist twisting when attached to a collar.
Reviewers rave that this leash worked well during training, especially for heavier and larger dogs. Price: $8
Best Toothbrush and Toothpaste for Puppies
This organic dental kit from the AKC Shop comes with USDA Certified-Organic dental gel and a toothbrush. Designed for dogs six weeks and older, this kit is BPA-free and has no preservatives, chemicals, dyes, or pesticides.
Puppy owners will be pleased to find an organic toothbrush kit with dental gel already included. Price: $17
Best Puppy Training Pads
Kocho’s absorbent training pads are necessary for avoiding accidents. They are thicker than normal pads with four layers of activated carbon that absorb odors and liquids and quickly dry.
Puppy potty pads are a bit like diapers for your dog, and cutting corners on quality is not suggested. Price: $44
These treats are the perfect motivation for puppies during training, and with no wheat, corn, dairy, or soy, they’re a healthy choice too. These chicken liver treats are made in the USA with no artificial colors or flavors, and only have three calories per treat.
Pup owners indicate that these soft, crumbly treats are puppy pleasers, and well worth the price. Price: $8
Best Puppy Collar
Your new puppy will need a soft, adjustable collar. This cushioned collar has buckles made out of eco-friendly plastic and 3M reflective threads sewn into it to provide visibility.
Reviewers enjoy the sturdy Blueberry collar for its reflectivity, safety, and style. Price: $17
Best Puppy Nail Trimmer
A good-quality nail trimmer is essential, so choose one that’s been recommended by animal trainers and veterinarians. It has a safety guard so you don’t cut too deep and non-slip ergonomic handles.
The Boshel trimmer works well on thick nails, however, some customers say they were a bit too dull for their particular pup. Price: $13
Best Puppy Brush
This soft, rubber bristle brush is appropriate for both massages and baths. Your puppy will look and feel great with a brushed coat and improved blood circulation. Hertzko’s brush is also easy-to-clean as it rinses with water.
Individuals appreciate that the brush works well both wet and dry, and is gentler than metal bristles. Price: $15
Best Puppy Shampoo
Help your puppy enjoy bath time with this gentle puppy shampoo. Available in the AKC Shop, Pura’s tearless and calming shampoo is made in the USA out of lavender oil and organic extracts.
Reviewers highly recommend this shampoo, stating that it leaves fur soft and smelling fantastic. Price: $12
Best Puppy Gate
Keep your puppy safely contained with this gate that conveniently has a small eight-by-eight-inch pet door. No tools are needed to install this extendable gate. It’s made out of non-toxic materials and has a safety lock.
The well-constructed Carlson gate garners good reviews, though some had to make adjustments to the pet door to make it work. Price: $39
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