Everyone loves an adorable puppy. But not everyone understands just how much preparation is needed for dog ownership in order to provide the best life for a pup. Before you bring your new pooch home for the first time, there are a few dog essentials you absolutely need to get. If your furry friend is already with you, then don’t worry — even first-time dog owners can get up to speed fast. Always do your research before adopting a pet, they’re a lifetime commitment.
We adopted a pair of 5-year-old doggies who needed a new home, and on short notice. We got a crash course in basic dog gear and toys to help keep the dawgs happy. If you’ve just welcomed a furry new friend (or two) into your life like I did, or you’re planning to, this guide is for you. Here, I’ll lay out the items I bought, along with other tempting ones. Being prepared can make all the difference in keeping dogs and pet parents happy, so we’ll keep this list of dog essentials updated.