2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for New Dog Owners

People expecting babies get to tell you what they need. Between baby registries and showers, the work is practically done for you! If you have a friend or family member who is a new dog parent, however, they’re going to need some supplies too. 

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to shop for a dog lover in your life. They’ve probably got the dog collar, dog leash, poop bags, pee pads, and ball launcher already covered, but there are always other pet products a new dog mom or dog dad will need. They are likely up to their eyeballs in potty accidents, walkies, and all the chaos that comes with a new family member. The busy new pet owner will appreciate these useful great gifts in the long run.

Here is a list of helpful gift ideas for newbies to dog parenting to get you started.

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Pet Parent Essential: Dog Bowl

Not just any dog bowl: a slow feeder. While your friend might have already purchased a standard bowl for their new puppy, it’s a good idea to have a dog bowl that promotes healthy eating. The Outward Hound Fun Feeder is veterinarian recommended, prevents bloat, and helps slow down speedy eaters. Their new fur baby will have fun working for its dog food at mealtime!

Dog Treats for Training

New dogs require training! And products that will help with training a new dog make for perfect gifts for new dog owners. Treat the pooch with some high-quality dog treats. Wholesome Pride’s single-ingredient dog treats are the best gifts for dogs with food sensitivities.

Dog Bed for Sweet Dreams

New dog parents will quickly learn that yes, more than one pet bed is often necessary for their new best friend. Every dog needs a soft and comfy place to snuggle and rest. A calming dog bed is perfect for a nervous new pup to seek refuge in a new environment. The donut dog bed is the best for calming cuddles.

Doggy Puzzle for Mental Stimulation

Interactive dog puzzles will provide plenty of fun for your furry friends and encourage their natural hunting instincts. Hide anything from kibble to peanut butter in each compartment and let your dog problem-solve their way to the goodies! These are also great for providing a distraction at bath time or during moments that may be overwhelming like family gatherings.

Dog Toy Gift Basket

Instead of a subscription box, make the gift more personal. You can make a little doggy gift basket filled with a variety of toys the new dog will need for playtime. Plush toys with squeakers, chew toys, and treat dispensers are always great options. Look for durable toys meant for chewers or teething puppies.

Tech

New pet parents are often helicopter parents. A pet camera might give them peace of mind when they have to leave their furry friend home alone. There are high-end dog camera options like Furbo cams and more affordable options on sites like Amazon and Chewy. Note that some programs may require a monthly subscription.

Accessories

You can never go wrong with a cute bandana. There are hundreds of handmade ones to browse on Etsy (also custom pet portraits!). You can even get a custom one made with the dog’s name on it or with a cute little dog paw print.

If they got a small breed dog like a Chihuahua, a car seat, seat cover/car hammock, or dog carrier are helpful travel necessities.

Happy Howlidays!