75° Good Morning
75° Good Morning

Puppy products every new dog owner will need

Thinking about welcoming a puppy into your family?

Celebrate National Puppy Day on Thursday by adopting a fluffy new friend of your own.

But keep in mind, puppies are a lot of work. To prepare, amNewYork asked Nilda Ruiz, manager of Canine Styles on Lexington Avenue, to share the best products to prep for a new pup.

“Puppies will be overwhelming because they’re puppies,” Ruiz said. “Never be afraid to ask questions ... You’ve got a vet and you’re not sure, dial that number, call the vet and explain it to [them] and they’ll help you, whatever it is. Come to your local store and find out what they might have that might help you, whatever the problem that you’re facing.”

Below, a few puppy essentials from Canine Styles to get you started.


Photo Credit: Alison Fox

"You need something for water, something for food," Ruiz said, adding that heavy, ceramic bowls work well.

Get it: Bauer Pottery bowls

Cleaning supplies

Photo Credit: Alison Fox

"It's a puppy. It's going to have an accident. It's going to go somewhere it shouldn't," Ruiz said. "You want to have something to clean up that takes the odor away because you don't want him going back to that area."

Get it: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

A collar and harness

Photo Credit: Alison Fox

"Start with something that's nylon, that's adjustable, that you can make it bigger as you go along until the puppy is a little bigger because they're going to grow," Ruiz said.

Get it: Signature Collection at Canine Styles

A crate

Photo Credit: Alison Fox

"You're going to need a crate and if you crate the dog, you're going to need a crate mat," Ruiz said. "They wait for you to take them out so that they can perform their duties ... and that's how you start them."

Get it: MidWest Homes for Pets iCrate


Photo Credit: Alison Fox

"When they're little, you want to stay within things that are [specifically] for puppy," Ruiz said.

Get it: N-Bone Puppy Teething Rings and Treats

Durable toys for chewing

Photo Credit: Alison Fox

"Puppies are teething so when they come they want to bite everything," Ruiz said. "You don't want them biting your furniture, you don't want them biting your hand because it hurts, so you want to get them things that they can have ... that they can bite into and get that whole sensation."

Get it: Harry Barker cotton rope toy


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Things to Do Photos & Videos