Last Updated: December 29, 2022

The 10 Best Gifts for New Dog Owners.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 3 min read

Got a new BFF or know someone who does? Then this list is for you. Dogs are wonderful creatures — they make us laugh, they're with us through thick and thin, and they make for great cuddle buddies. If you have a friend or family member who's brand new to dog ownership, what better way to celebrate with them than to give them a gift they (and their pooch!) will love?

That's why we rounded up Grove members' most beloved dog treats, toys, and trinkets. These products are highly rated by members and their four-legged friends, so you know they're going to be good. Curious about hounds? We've got you covered. Don't forget to scroll down to the FAQ at the end for a few answers to some commonly asked canine questions.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.



How do I adopt a dog?

So, you've decided you want to adopt a dog. Congrats! Dogs make for wonderful companions, and there are plenty who need good homes to go to. Before you head out to your local shelter or peruse the newspaper for puppies for sale, you'll want to consider what type of breed you want. Some breeds are more well-suited for apartments, while others are a better fit for people who enjoy activities like hiking or going for long runs. Do a little research before you buy to make sure you're getting the right pet.

Next, decide what age-range you want. Puppies are great for people who want to put in the time it takes to train a brand-new doggo, but adopting an adult dog who needs a home can also be super rewarding — and it saves you from having to potty train. Senior dogs also make great companions, and some people might find that giving an older dog a happy home is the right choice for them.

Are any dogs hypoallergenic?

The unfortunate truth of the matter is that there aren't any dogs who are 100% hypoallergenic. The dander in a dog's fur is what causes most dog allergies, but there are a few dog breeds that have coats that don't shed or shed less than other dogs.

  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

What are the best treats for dogs?

The best treats for dogs are foods that don't contain added fillers or artificial ingredients. Look for natural dog treats that use fruits, vegetables, and real meat in their ingredients lists.

Here are a few treats you can give your pup:

  • Apple slices without seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Carrot chunks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Cooked potato
  • Oranges
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peanut butter
  • Pineapples
  • Pumpkin puree

Don't give your dog any of these foods as treats:

  • Avocados
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Raisins

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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