8 Essentials You Need Before Getting a Dog (and They're All Under $50)

8 Essentials You Need Before Getting a Dog (and They're All Under $50)

Nothing beats the excitement of bringing a new puppy home. From potty training to teaching new tricks, make sure you're prepared for your new bundle of fur with this list of essentials.

Plush pizza slice dog toy photo

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Dog Toys

Keep your active pup busy (and away from your very chewable furniture) by treating her to some fun toys. We especially love Boots & Barkley toys for their durability and quirky designs. When I got my puppy over a year ago, her first toy was this Boots & Barkley plush pizza — she went nuts for the squeaker and still adores it today.

Buy It! $4; target.com

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Dog Bed

A new puppy can chew through an expensive bed just as easily as a budget find, so no matter what you're looking to spend, we recommend buying a dog bed that's durable. This dog bed, which comes in a variety of sizes and a three-year product warranty, is designed to repel dirt, stains, odors, bacteria, and more, plus it comes with a machine-washable cover.

Buy It! from $39; hayneedle.com

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Grooming Supplies

Buying grooming supplies for your new puppy can be tricky, as the best tools usually vary by breed. A safe bet for multiple fur types is a slicker brush, and this one has more than 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon. It's self-cleaning and features a comfort-grip and anti-slip handle to make it easier when working through tough knots. And don't forget the shampoo! We recommend Burt's Bees Oatmeal Dog Shampoo; it's great for pups with sensitive skin.

Buy It! $16; walmart.com

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Despite being called "treats," you want to buy your pup low-calorie snacks that don't have any harmful ingredients in them. We feed my dog these mini flavor snacks, which worked especially well for training; at only 5 calories per treat, you're able to give your dog more than one while he's working on perfecting those tricks. I also like to give my dog DentaStix; it's a treat that also helps freshen up her puppy breath — just be sure to check for the right size on the package.

Buy It! $3; petco.com

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Collar and Leash

Before you even bring your puppy home you should have a collar and leash ready. When I got my pup, I turned to Etsy. It has tons of unique options to choose from for collars and leashes that are both durable and stylish. I went with PuddleJumperPups because it offered a combo pack that included a leash and collar in one bundle. With over 60 patterns to choose from, you'll end up wanting more than one set. While training your puppy, however, I recommend using a harness. For an eager pup that has a tendency to pull, a harness will allow you to be more in control and help train your dog to walk by your side.

Buy It! from $38; etsy.com

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It's safe to say new puppies are often very curious, and potty training can take some time. A great way to keep your pup confined to one area of the house, or out of a specific room in the house, is by getting baby gates. This classic gate by Evenflo is easy to use and won't damage any doorways or walls. It's a quick fix to stop a roaming Rover.

Buy It! $21; walmart.com

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Food and Water Bowls

While my household is partial to the cute Rae Dunn pet bowls, we also love this one on Amazon. The stainless steel bowl is extremely durable (making it safe for dogs who like to gnaw and scratch on things) and features a rubber ring on the bottom to keep it from sliding. It's also dishwasher safe for an incredibly easy clean.

Buy It! $20; amazon.com

Dog in wire pet crate photo

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Dog Crate

Crate-training pets isn't for everyone, but for those who do opt to use a kennel I recommend the iCrate Single Door Folding Dog Crate. I used this kennel with my puppy from the beginning. It helped immensely with potty training, and now she goes in it voluntarily just to hang out. I especially like this one because it's easy to move, roomy enough for her, and doesn't scratch up the floor — it also has over 500 five-star reviews on Petco.com.

Buy It! $43 for medium/large (usually $100); petco.com

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BONUS: Dog Tie-Out (If You Don't Have a Fenced-in Yard)

When I moved from a house that had a fenced-in backyard to one that didn't, I knew I was going to have to figure out a way to let my rambunctious pup run around outside safely. Enter this spiral stake and tie-out cable. This 20-ft. cable lets my Goldendoodle run around outside without being confined to her 6-ft. leash, and I can let her out to go to the bathroom without having to walk her around — a real win for both of us.

Buy It! $20; petco.com


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