Dog Supplies & Equipment

Over the last two months, five people I know have gotten dogs. Two more applied for puppies that will be ready to bring home in August. Even my own mother and I have spent several isolated weekend afternoons on the phone, very seriously scouring the web for some iteration of a doodle that our family could adopt. We’ve even decided on names, despite the fact that we both know (but won’t admit to each other) that we’ll never bring any single one of the adorable dogs home.

It’s not just my social circle that is keen on a new pet. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the number of people wanting to foster a dog in L.A. and New York has doubled. It makes sense: during isolation, the days that were once spent in office buildings are now passing uninterrupted at home. Add to that how the future feels quite uncertain, and suddenly it’s clear that having a pet around to provide entertainment and extra affection is a good enough reason to actually follow through this time.

Pet owners know that buying a new dog toy is risky business: If it’s too complicated, they’ll lose interest and if it’s not durable enough, they’ll shred that baby to pieces. Still, engaging dog toys are essential for challenging your pup and keeping him busy — and so it’s important you make the right pick.

Luckily, this list has everything you need to buy the best dog toys that will keep your fur baby entertained long-term. From interactive puzzles that test your dog’s smarts to durable ropes that promote healthy teeth, your pup will be in doggy play heaven (and your shoes won’t be). And if you need even more expert picks, try these best puzzle toys for dogs.

Whether you’ve just made a new puppy part of the family, or you’re getting to spend some more quality time at home with your dog, now is a good time to invest in some new dog accessories. From dog beds that will go with your decor, to aesthetically pleasing food and water bowls, to pretty leashes for all the walks you’ll inevitably take together, here are the best dog accessories to buy now.

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