Everyone wants an adorable puppy but not everyone understands just how much preparation is needed for dog ownership. Before you bring your new pup home for the first time, there are a few dog essentials that you absolutely need to pick up. If your furry friend is already with you, then don’t worry — even first-time dog owners can get up to speed fast.
I’m no exception. 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 pooches 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.