If you are getting ready to adopt your first dog, then you probably already know the basic items you need. You likely have a shopping list prepared that includes food, bowls, toys, etc., but you may be wondering what else you should buy. Well, although you only need the essentials, there are a few things on this list that you will be very glad you have. Do not feel as though you have to buy them all right away though. You can buy something new here-and-there, as your budget allows.

Pet Rear Seat Protector

If you are only going to buy one thing on this list to start, make it a pet rear seat protector. The first time you have muddy paw prints on your seat after a day at the park you will wish you had one of these. The ideal pet rear seat protector also creates a barricade between the front and rear seat, so your four-legged friend does not have the urge to jump back and forth between the opening of your front bucket seats.

Grooming Brush

Do not buy a grooming brush based on what looks cool or what is on sale. The reason why there are so many different types of brushes is because they are designed for specific types of coats. Short-haired dogs need a bristle brush, while medium and long curly coats demand a wire one. Dogs with an undercoat like Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies are easiest groomed with a rake-type brush.

Puzzle Toys

It is great to buy balls, stuffed animals, and other toys found in most pet stores, but do yourself a favor and order a couple puzzle toys, too. You can buy the Kong Genius in stores, which is an essential, but there are plenty of other options that most pet owners are not even aware of. The idea is that they hide small training treats and your dog has to work to get them out, which will keep them busy for a long time. A few recommended options include The Dog Casino, Buster Food Cube, Tug-A-Jug, Paw Flapper, and Orka Jack.

Furniture Protectors

Just as you are protecting your car with a rear seat protector, you should also buy covers for your furniture, especially for spring when the ground is wet. This way, when guests stop over you simply have to remove the covers, and you have clean furniture for them to sit on.