10 Things You Need for a New Dog

Today is Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day, which makes it the perfect time to give a deserving hound a home. If you’re bringing home a new dog, this  list of must-haves help you stock your home to keep family member comfy.

1. Leashes. You can’t leave home without one, so pick up couple of leashes. When choosing, look for little extras like an easy-grip handle, retractable body, or even low-impact leashes that will make using them comfortable for both of you.

2. Feeding gear. Snag a couple of matching food and water bowls that are easy to clean. Elevated feeding sets make it easier for dogs to eat, which can reduce kibble spills, and a place mat under the bowls can help contain sloshes and crumbs. (And don’t forget the food!)

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3. Toys. Choosing toys for your pup is almost as much fun as playing with them, so until you know which toys your new dog will prefer, mix it up a little:

Dog Toys at Bed Bath & Beyond

with an array of squeaker, chew and plush toys.

4. A doggie bed. Even the littlest breeds seem able to take over a human-sized mattress and evict fully grown humans from their restful slumber. So save your snooze time by scoring your pup his own cozy bed.

5. Grooming tools. Stock pet wipes to handle muddy paws and sweet-smelling pet shampoo for baths. Post-bath, a grooming kit will help you keep your pet tidy and keep his coat and paws healthy.

6. Gates. The easiest way to limit your dog’s range — and control the location of “accidents” by an un-housebroken puppy — is to place a gate between rooms.

7. Sanitation equipment. Cleaning up after your dog requires waste management gear–a scoop and bags to throw waste away (if your new pet is a puppy, you’ll need some potty pads too).

8. Crate and/or Carrier. Many dog trainers recommend a crate (a.k.a. a kennel) for housebreaking, but they’re also great for giving your dog a home of her own and for safe transportation in a car. For smaller dogs, a carrier can do double duty, allowing you to tote your dog to and fro. If your  pet is a puppy, try to choose a stylish carrier that will grow with her to full size.

9. Car cover. Protect your car’s leather interior from accidental damage with a waterproof, machine washable seat cover.

10. Pet supply organizer. Prevent your pup’s many accoutrements from taking over the entire house with an over-the-door or organizer or a pet chest.

What have you purchased for your new pup? Let us know in the space below.

Megan Mostyn-Brown

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Megan Mostyn-Brown

is a writer for Bed Bath & Beyond. She's obsessed with mid-century modern furniture, wallpaper, and any item that will get her organized. Someday she'd like to own a claw foot tub and more than one pan.

jillcastle August 30, 2013 at 6:15 am

You need to develop a harmonious relationship with your new dog.

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