I was about to have a puppy for the first time and this momentous occasion seemed like the perfect excuse to stock up on Black Friday dog deals. So I put what I thought was the best puppy toy in my virtual shopping cart and tossed in various other “essentials” like puppy pads and cute little collars (yes, a dog Christmas jumper might have too favor in my shopping cart).
Little did I know that what I would really need was what was really necessary. When it came to the dog bed, I wish I had ditched a fluffy, squishy bed for one that would provide adequate support for my pooch’s joints. Puppy pads were a great idea at first, but what I sadly learned all too quickly was that yes, puppies do have accidents while going potty, and what you need are paper towels (and lots of them). And as for the toys? It’s so important to invest in toys that are appropriate for your dog’s interests and size rather than settling on just any old thing that’s fun.
Now that I’ve had my little pup for a year and with Black Friday pet deals here for 2022, here’s what I would do differently this year.
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1. Choose your bed wisely
When buying a dog bed (especially for a puppy), removable and washable covers are going to be your best friend. I’d also look out for memory or “egg crate” foam beds as these are designed to help your pooch snooze. Here’s what I would choose this time:
2. Make sure the toy you buy has a purpose
I can’t be the only person who found the sheer amount of dog toys available overwhelming. There were chew toys, fluffy options, squeaky ones and jigsaw puzzles to name a few. I stocked up on fluffy toys that were nice but served only one purpose and that was to keep my pooch cozy at night.
So what would I buy now? I would choose a selection of toys that are different. One for cuddling, another for mental stimulation, and maybe another to chew on.
3. Stock up on cleaning supplies
Even though my dog is a year older now, I still need lots of cleaning supplies to make sure those muddy paw prints don’t hang around for too long.
When you’re having a puppy, paper towels or cleaning rags are your first choice, but for general everyday things like making sure my pup’s crate is nice and clean and making sure my house smells fresh, here’s what I would stock up on instead.
4. Get a dog camera
Whether you just want to see your furry friend while you’re out, or like me, you need to work with your pooch on separation anxiety and see how he’s doing, a dog cam is one of my most useful purchases.
5. Don’t settle for “cheap” poop bags
I know, I know, do we really need to discuss poop bags? But the answer is yes, because buying cheap means buying twice. Or at least it was for me. Since you’ll need lots of these bags, opt for extra thick and biodegradable options wherever you can. Plus, buying in bulk is a great way to save and ensure you never run out.
So, those are my top picks, but if you’re looking for other ways to save and stock up, head over to our live blog for Black Friday Pet Deals.