Puppies are really cute but they also take some looking after, so treat a new puppy owner to a useful gift to help them out.
My Top Gift Choice For New Puppy Owners
These toys make a lovely gift for puppies, as they are something that they can get their teeth into (literally!) to satisfy their chewing urges. And having these toys to chew on may save your furniture from a similar fate!
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for any family and household.
As they are cute bundles of energy that are so full of fun, life and love they will make your heart melt.
However, just like with a baby, raising a puppy takes a lot of patience, as they'll need plenty of attention, guidance and care as they grow.
And you'll need to teach them how to behave both inside and outside of the house, which can take so much time and effort.
So, if you have a friend who is a new puppy owner, why not treat them to a little something that will make things easier?
As they'll really appreciate the gesture and will definitely find plenty of use for it.
And while there are plenty of gifts you can buy for dog owners and their pooches, you need to be more careful when buying for puppies and puppy owners.
As you'll need to ensure whatever you buy is safe for the puppy to use and won't cause them harm in any way.
So to help you pick a winner I've come up with the following list of gift ideas for puppies and their owners that cover all the essential items they'll need.
And these suggestions will also make ideal gifts for any puppy showers that you get invited to as well.
1. A Book About Raising Puppies The Right Way
If this is their first time raising a puppy or owning a dog then they're going to need some guidance.
Because training them to behave is so much easier and faster when you do it the right way.
Which is great for the owner but also for their puppy too.
As they can become confused and irritated at being told off all the time, when they have no idea what they've done wrong.
So, a book that explains how best to raise a puppy is an ideal starting point for gift ideas for new puppy owners.
And a great one to give them is 'Perfect Puppy In 7 Days' by Dr Sophia Yin.
As this one contains a positive reinforcement program that rewards good behaviour and encourages them to repeat it.
And this is a big help in house training a puppy, as well as teaching them to be well mannered, well behaved, respectful, and obedient.
2. A Dog Crate That Will Feel Like A Safe Haven
A new puppy may experience feelings of anxiety, fear, and stress as you bring them home and introduce them to new surroundings.
Especially as they are getting used to the new world around them and learning how everything works.
So, it's really important they have a safe and private space of their own that they can retreat to to find some comfort and peace again.
And you can provide them with this by getting them a dog crate to create a little den in.
As most pups will grow to love their den, especially if you add a soft blanket for them to lay on and a cover to give them some privacy.
And these crates are also ideal for house training your pup.
As they will be reluctant to wee and poop in the place where they sleep, so they get to learn where and when they are allowed to go.
And by leaving a pup in their crate when you aren't there, you can make them feel comfortable and minimise any separation anxiety, as well as preventing them from roaming your house and chewing everything up!
So a good dog crate, such as this one by Midwest Life Stages, makes for a brilliant gift for anyone with a new puppy.
And they come in a variety of sizes, which is handy depending on the size of your pup, as well as having a divider, so you can get a crate that your dog will grow into but still make it small enough to train them as a pup.
As you need a crate that is just big enough for them to stand up in, but not so big that they can roam around freely.
Because otherwise they will designate one area for sleeping and the other for pooping and your house training efforts will all be in vain!
3. A Super Comfy Sherpa Fleece Puppy Blanket
Getting a puppy a soft fleece blanket to lay on is a great gift idea.
As they can relax on this and it will keep them warm and help them feel safe, secure and comfortable.
And one of these blankets is perfect to put in their dog crate too, to make it more appealing and inviting for them.
Plus you can lay them over your furniture to protect it from chewing and dog hairs.
So, check out the PetAmi sherpa fleece pet blanket for a nice little gift, as this blanket is super soft, and the pup will love how warm, cozy, and fluffy it feels.
4. A Soft Playpen To Allow Them To Roam Safely
Dog crates are great for initially training the pup not to soil inside the house and to give them a safe and comfortable place to retreat to.
However, as they grow they'll need a bigger safe area to play and explore in.
But if you allow your pup access to your whole house then this can be dangerous for both them and your valuables.
As they are liable to have accidents, and everything will be fair game for their chewing and playing exploits!
So, getting an exercise pen for a puppy owner is a wonderful gift idea.
As this allows them to create a safe yet confined space for their pup to play and explore safely, without causing harm to themselves or their property.
And a great one to get them is the EliteField 2-door soft pet playpen.
As this one has plenty of room to roam around in, is made from soft padding so the puppy can't hurt themselves, and has both a roof and a floor to protect them.
And they can fold it up quickly and easily to take with them to the yard or further afield to give their pup some fresh air.
So, the pup will have the room to learn and grow in one of these playpens, without their owner having to constantly worry about what they're up to!
5. A Pet Gate To Keep Them Out Of Danger
Another gift idea that will give the puppy freedom but also stop them accessing parts of the house that are off limits is a pet gate.
As by setting these up in doorways around the home you can stop them from getting into or out of certain rooms, which can be good especially at times when you have to leave them on their own.
This is much better for them than closed doors, as it gives the pup more natural light and a feeling of freedom which helps to take away any anxiety.
And you can also set them up to stop the pup from going up and down stairways, which can stop them from having accidents and hurting themselves.
So, if this sounds like a handy gift idea for a puppy owner, check out the Carlson pet gate.
As this one is extra wide and adjustable, so it's great for fitting most doors and stairways.
And it has a pet flap that they can open when they want to allow their pup access through it again, rather than having to take it down all the time.
6. Wee Wee Pads To Help With House Training
No matter how quickly your pup picks up on your house training efforts, there are still going to be plenty of accidents and set backs along the way.
And it can be so frustrating having to constantly clean up their mess from your carpet and furniture.
Especially as they tend to get a favourite spot that they return to again and again to do their business.
So, it can start to feel like groundhog day after a while, and can lead to sections of your carpet getting completely ruined.
Which makes the next gift idea one that any puppy owner will really appreciate, and that is getting them a pack of Four Paws Wee Wee pads.
As this is a gift that can save both a new puppy owners carpet and their patience from breaking point.
As these are large, absorbent pads that they can lay down in certain areas of the house for their pup to pee on.
And they work because they give off natural pheromones that attracts the puppy to them.
So, they'll do their business here rather than on their carpet, and the pads will absorb the urine and protect the floors underneath from any damage.
7. A Stain & Odor Eliminator Spray To Clear Up The Mess
Another downside when house training a pup is the stinky odors that can hang around even after you've cleaned up their mess.
And these odors are doubly bad, as they also attract the pup back to soil in the same spot again if you don't get rid of them.
So, a really useful and practical gift idea for any new puppy owner is a bottle of Nature's Miracle stain & odor eliminator.
As this contains an enzymatic formula that not only gets stains out, but also clears up odors to the point that even the dogs can't smell them with their heightened senses.
Meaning repeat offending will be far less likely in the future.
8. Puppy Treats To Reward Them For Good Behaviour
When training your pup you'll need to let them know when they're on the right track.
And the best way to do this is by rewarding them with a small treat each time they behave or follow your commands correctly.
Because behaviour that is rewarded is positively reinforced in their minds, which makes it more likely to be repeated.
So, every dog owner training their puppy needs a pack of treats on hand to encourage them and let them know when they are doing something right.
Which makes the Zuke's Puppy Naturals dog treats a great gift choice for puppies and their owners.
As these treats are tasty, healthy, soft, and chewy, and the perfect size for puppies to be able to digest easily and enjoy.
9. A Puppy Toy They Can Chew Away On
Young puppies naturally and instinctively love to chew on things, as this is their way of exploring their surroundings.
And this chewing keeps them occupied, helps them to stay calm and ward off any feelings of anxiety, and is good for their dental hygiene, giving them relief from any teething pains.
So, all in all chewing is a great thing for a puppy.
It's just not so great for the puppy owner, when the things being chewed up are their furniture, pillows, and shoes!
So, a gift that a puppy and their owner will love is a toy that they can chew away on to their hearts content.
And one that is ideal for puppies is the Kong puppy chew toy.
As this is made of a softer rubber than the adult Kong dog toys, meaning it's easier to chew and safer on their developing teeth.
It's also the right size, being small enough for them to play with, but not so small that they risk choking on it.
And you can stuff it with their favourite treats to encourage them to play with it even more.
10. A Puppy Puzzle Toy To Grab Their Interest
Puppies need plenty of mental stimulation as they grow and develop.
So, another good gift idea is to get them an interactive puzzle toy that they can pit their wits against.
As these toys keep them busy and engaged and help their mental development.
The problem is that puppies also have short attention spans, so you'll need a puzzle toy that grips them and keeps them interested.
And one that has proved popular among pups and their owners is the ZippyPaws interactive hide and seek dog toy.
As this contains 3 squirrel toys that squeak when chewed on that you hide within the holes of a soft tree toy.
And the pup then has to work out how to get them out of the holes, which can intrigue them and keep them occupied for ages.
Because as any dog walker will attest to, dogs have a thing about chasing after squirrels, so they'll love this toy!
11. A Warm And Cosy Dog Bed
Puppies need to keep themselves warm to stay healthy, especially when they are newborn or very young.
And as they can't generate their own body heat, they will use their mother to cuddle up to and gain the warmth they need.
So when you separate them from their mothers, you need to make sure you create an environment where they can stay warm.
This includes blocking out any drafts and keeping the room at the right temperature, and another thing that can help is by giving them a warm blanket or bed to lie in.
So, a gift that can do this well is the Aspen self-warming dog bed.
As this is a soft and comfortable faux lambswool dog bed that reflects a puppies body heat back to them, keeping them warm and snug as they relax in it.
And using a bed like this is much safer for the pup than giving them an electric heating pad to lie on.
So, it's a nice gift that keeps them warm, healthy, and comfortable as they grow and develop.
12. A Short Leash To Keep Them Safe As They Get Used To Walking Outside
While house training your puppy is extremely important, it's also essential that they learn to behave themselves when you take them out on walks.
As the outside world is full of dangers for them in the form of bigger dogs, passing traffic, and running off and getting lost.
So to start with you'll need to keep them on a leash and get them used to walking by your side, and not instinctively reacting to all the stimulating things that are happening around them.
And for this you'll need a short, non-retractable, nylon leash.
As shorter leashes give you more control and train your pup not to pull or strain, but instead to walk calmly beside you.
And nylon is better than leather, as the smell and taster of leather can encourage them to chew it.
So, a leash along these lines is a good gift for any puppy owner, and one that I'd recommend is the Ruffwear Crag leash.
As this one can be adjusted between 3.5 and 6 feet in length depending on how close you want to keep the puppy to you, which is ideal when training them.
And the padded handle makes it comfortable to use for the dog walker too.
13. A Body Harness To Wear Rather Than A Collar
While many puppy owners choose to use a neck collar with their leash when walking their pups, this isn't always the best idea.
As if they are liable to pull and strain at first then this can cause damage to their necks.
And some pups just hate having things around their neck, so will be constantly fighting to escape out of their collar, which can be dangerous for them when you are outside.
So, a gift idea that can provide a solution to these problems is to get a dog harness for the puppy instead.
As these harnesses allow you to clip the leash to the front of their body rather than their necks, taking away the pressure and likelihood of any injuries.
And there's no way that even the biggest Houdini of a puppy will be able to slip out of their harness!
So, check out the Puppia soft dog harness if this sounds like the right gift idea for a puppy owner you know.
As this one can be adjusted to fit the pup like a glove, and has a padded neck to make it super comfortable to wear.
14. A Mobile Pet Bed To Keep Them Safe And Comfy On The Move
When you're driving your puppy around with you, you'll want to keep them safe and comfortable.
Because accidents can happen, and the last thing you want is for your puppy to be flying around the car if you get into one.
So, they need to be strapped in and protected while in the car, and a great way to do this is with a pet travel crate or bed.
As these will give them a den to feel comfortable and relaxed inside, especially if travelling makes them feel sick or anxious.
And you can strap these crates or beds into the seat belts in the back seat of your car to keep them protected in case something bad happens.
So, this makes for a thoughtful gift idea for a puppy owner, and one travel bed that does a great job of keeping their puppy safe is the Sleepypod mobile pet bed.
As this one straps into their cars seat belt and has been crash tested and given a great safety rating.
And it doubles up as a pet bed they can use indoors too, so the puppy can get used to it, which reduces anxiety when they travel.
Plus keeping their pup in one of these beds will also stop them from roaming around the vehicle and distracting them while they're driving.
15. A Gift Card For A Pet Supplies Store
While the gift ideas I've given you up till now for puppies and their owners are all good ones, some people are just really fussy over what they buy for their pets.
So, the final gift idea on the list is to get a puppy owner a gift card to their local pet supplies store, such as Petco or Petsmart instead.
As these stores contain almost everything you can think of that a puppy would ever need.
And this will allow the puppy owner to get exactly what they want, rather than taking a chance and buying something for them that they might not like.
So, while giving gift cards isn't particularly inspiring or sexy, if you're buying for someone who is very fussy and particular, then they may be the best option.
Puppies are adorable, but raising and training them as they grow can be hard work.
So, any gift that helps to ease that burden for a new puppy owner will be gratefully received.
And the gift ideas for puppies and puppy owners that I've given you here can all play their part in making life a bit easier.
As they cover most of the bases when you're looking at essential items that every puppy needs.
Which makes them pretty good gifts to give in my eyes, and will allow the pup and their new owner to create a loving bond that will last forever.