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Congratulations! You have just welcomed a new puppy into your life! Everything is new to you. You’re excited and nervous all at the same time and want to do what’s best for your precious pet. But with so many choices, how do you know what you really need? And which brands are worth buying? To make sure that your dog is cared for while you learn more about this extraordinary responsibility, I’ve put together my top 5 best puppy products. Every single item on this list has been tried and tested by myself and Lilly. Meaning you can stop searching and start enjoying your new puppy.

KONG Toys

puppy with a KONG toy

Have you heard about a dog toy called a KONG? If not, then you’re in for a treat, and so is your puppy. These fabulous toys are perfect for all ages, from puppy to extreme chewer. However, you must ensure you get the correct size and type for your new puppy. 

These wonderful toys can be stuffed with all types of yummy treats to help keep your puppies brain and tongue busy, which will help with the chewing! As your puppy grows, you can even freeze a KONG to make the fun last even longer!

Lilly has had various KONGs throughout her life, and we love them. However, as with any toy, they aren’t indestructible. You’ll need to pay close attention to your pups KONG and check for any damage, and if there is any, stop using it. 

You can find KONG products in most pet shops, and they should be able to help you find the correct size for your new puppy.

Red Dingo Collars

Red Dingo Dog Collar

I’m a massive fan of Red Dingo, and they have so many different collar styles that you are spoilt for choice! I have way too many collars for Lilly from Red Dingo, and they wash beautifully.

What I also love about Red Dingo is you can get complete sets that match; these include the collar, lead, harness and even the ID tag too! There aren’t many high-quality brands that offer such a range and with such excellent quality!

I also love their unique buckle bone closure, made from high-quality plastic that is great for me as I’m allergic to nickel. 

My go-to supplier for Red Dingo is Dapper Pets. The team there is accommodating, and I’ve always been super happy with their service.

Dog Crate

yellow labrador called lilly laying in a wire dog crate recovering from surgery, she is laying on a black fleecy futon dog bed and has a memory foam pillow too

To use or not to use a dog crate? It is often an area that divides dog owners. For me, I believe that every puppy should be crate trained. You don’t have to use it forever, but it can help you and your puppy.

Puppies are born in whelping pens, an area with walls to keep them safe. As they grow, they often still have some pen or sleeping area. It’s their space, and it should be a safe space where they can go to relax and sleep. 

Also, you should consider what happens if you go on holiday, or your puppy needs the vets? Kennels and Vets Kennels can be pretty scary for a dog that has never been in a crate. Having worked at a veterinary practice, you could tell the dogs that had been crate trained to those that hadn’t. Those that had would happily go into their kennel area and sleep, whereas those that had never been in a crate would often get distressed and cry the practice down. 

Having a crate will also give you peace of mind, as you know that your puppy can’t chew through cables, the sofa, the carpet, and so much more when you’re out. Trust me, if they can, they will, especially when they are teething!

If used correctly and with positive training, a crate really can be a fantastic aid in helping your puppy become an excellent companion. Lilly used her crate until she was 4 or 5 years old, we then took it down, and she sleeps on my bed now. However, due to her cruciate repair surgery, she had to be confined to a crate for seven weeks, only allowed out to eat, drink and go to the toilet. I can only imagine how distressing that would have been for her had she not been used to being in a crate.

When buying a crate, you’ll need to allow enough space for your puppy to stand up, turn around and move about a little. So I highly recommend buying a crate suitable for your puppy as a fully grown dog and not for their current size.

Please also remove your dog’s collar before they go into the crate!

Vet Bed

vet bed photo
photo credit Dennis Cornish provided by Pet Life.

I love vet bed. It’s a rug like dog bed that’s fantastic for puppies as it is easy to wash and dry, plus it’s not overly expensive! We have about five different vet bed designs, pretty much one for every room, and they are great for putting into the crate with your new puppy! Unfortunately, I regularly see new dog owners buying somewhat pricy beds for their new puppy. That’s great they are there to be spoilt rotten. However, it’s often the case that your new puppy will destroy that bed the second you’re out of sight! 

Keep your nice expensive bed for when you can watch your pup and stop them from destroying it. Use a vet bed instead; trust me, it’s much cheaper to replace, and if your puppy has an accident, it’s far easier to clean and dry than a big ole bed!

I highly recommend Pet Life vet beds, and it’s the brand I use.

Grooming Brushes and a Professional Dog Groomer

This one is super important, especially for your poodles, doodles, bichons and long-haired breeds. I’d also say you should get a brush for your short-haired breeds, too, as they will shed and need grooming just like the above breeds.

I highly recommend speaking with your local professional dog groomer for every dog as soon as your puppy has had their 2nd vaccine. I say this because a professional dog groomer will help keep your dogs coat in excellent condition. They can also advise on shampoos and brushes and keep an eye on your pup’s health as they grow too. 

Your dog groomer will notice things you may not and allow you to get help from a veterinary professional sooner if they see something concerning.

I put this in my top 5 best puppy products as there’s a whole host of products available for dog grooming. However, not all of them will be right for your puppy, and that’s where expert advice will be essential!

I highly recommend checking My Pet People for professional pet services such as dog walking, dog grooming and more!

Lilly sat on grooming table with Hownd shampoos to her left

Conclusion

I hope you found this blog post helpful and that your new adventure with your gorgeous new puppy is fantastic. If you liked this blog post, please consider sharing it with your friends.

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