Modern Dog’s Puppy Essentials Guide!

We’ve saved you the research by sharing our favourite new puppy picks for everything from beds to food, collars, toys and more, all tested and approved by the Modern Dog team and their pups, so you can get back to more important things, like snuggling your new puppy.

1. Best Bed Every pup needs a cozy, comfortable spot to rest! We love the Scoop Diamondback bed from Bowsers Pet Products, featuring an uber-comfy tufted cushion and machine-washable zippered cover for easy cleaning. (from $105,

2. Pearly Whites Do yourself and your pup a favour and get a dental health program under way early. The OxyFresh Pet Dental Kit includes their Pet Dental Water Additive, Pet Dental Gel Toothpaste, and three gentle finger toothbrushes to help you keep your puppy’s teeth healthy and fresh. ($12,

3. You are what you eat Primal Pronto Raw Frozen food combines organic, grass-fed, ethically raised protein with organic produce for a complete raw diet that is seriously effortless—just scoop and serve; it thaws in minutes. Take a look at the ingredients: Duck, Duck Necks, Duck Wings, Organic Kale, Duck Gizzards, Duck Hearts, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Duck Livers, Organic Broccoli, Organic Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Organic Parsley, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder, Dried Organic Kelp, Alfalfa, Vitamin E Supplement. It’s all good stuff. (from $30,

4. Puppyhood Captured Capture the all too fleeting adorableness of puppyhood with a portrait of your new pup. Dane Youkers' gorgeous personalized digital paintings are printed as Giclee Fine Art Reproductions and made with museum-grade materials. (from $75,

5. A Greener House-Training Routine The new Earth Friendly pee pads from Wizsmart have replaced fossil fuel plastic with bioplastic made from sugarcane for a more sustainable solution that's still ultra-absorbent, leak-proof, and controls odours. Patented tabs keep the pad in place. (from $25,

6. Dig It! Keep your puppy busy, engage her brain, and provide an outlet for digging and hunting instincts with the iDig from iFetch. It’s suitable for pups of all sizes and adaptable to various difficulty levels. Simply load it with treats or toys and let your pup dig away! ($80,

Photo Tanya King

7. Hot Dogs All Dressed Hot Dogs All Dressed makes some of the nicest collars and leashes in the game. Choose from their leather, vegan leather, or Hydra (designed for water) options and then personalize with their vast array of adorable collar adornments, from cupcakes to skulls. (from $30,

8. Playtime! Keeping your puppy busy and engaged means less boredom and less destruction around the house! Playtime will be out of this world with the Zippy Burrow Aliens in UFO toy from ZippyPaws. This interactive stuffy has three squeaky aliens to pull out of their UFO for endless fun. ($14,

Ace, a Bernedoodle pup, by Adam Johnson

9. Walkies & Car Rides Keep your puppy safe and comfortable on walks and in the car with the Clickit Sport harness from SleepyPod! This neoprene-padded safety-tested and certified harness fits dogs from 18 to 90 pounds and is designed to work with the rear seatbelt to secure your pup, no additional straps or accessories needed. (from $75,

10. Puppy Proof It’s a good thing they’re cute because puppies sure know how to make a mess! Protect your couch, bed or car seat from accidents, dirty paws, fur, and drool with the PawPad protective cover. A must-have! (from $80,

11. A Better Poop Bag We love that the Zero Plastic Poop Bags from Lucky Dog are made from organic plant matter and compost within three to six months, leaving no harmful plastics or micro-plastics behind! Plus, they’re strong and easy to open. (from $15,

12. Mani Pedi Getting puppies used to having their nails done at a young age makes life way easier. The cordless, whisper quiet Nail Grinder from Andis makes the task a breeze and eliminates the risk of cutting the quick. (from $46,

13. Puppy Kisses Made with just nine natural ingredients like chicken, bone charcoal, and parsley, Cloud Star’s Wag More Bark Less dental biscuits reward very good pups while freshening breath. ($7,

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