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23 Essential Boston Terrier Supplies & Products: 2024 Vet-Reviewed Guide

Chelsie Fraser

By Chelsie Fraser

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The wait for your new Boston Terrier puppy can seem excruciatingly long. But you can use the time to prepare your home and yourself by getting all the supplies that your pup will need. That way, instead of running to the pet store when your pup arrives, you can focus on the new member of your family!

Here, we rounded up a list of essential Boston Terrier supplies and products (and a few suggested ones) to help you get ready for your new puppy!

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The 23 Essential Boston Terrier Supplies & Products

1. Crate

  • Our Pick: Frisco Fold & Carry Double Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate & Mat Kit

Frisco Heavy-Duty Collapsible Wire Dog Crate

Special Considerations: The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around but not so big that they can create a designated bathroom area.

A crate is an important item for house training your Boston Terrier in the easiest way possible. It also gives your puppy a safe space to hang out and keeps them contained when you cannot supervise them.

We recommend a crate that has two entry and exit doors and collapses easily for storage. The Frisco Fold & Carry Crate also comes with a crate mat to keep your pup comfortable.

  • Keeps dog contained
  • Hones natural den instincts
  • Aids with potty training
  • The crate must be properly assembled for safety
  • It can cause emotional distress if used inappropriately

2. Puppy Pads

  • Our Pick: Frisco Dog Training & Potty Pads

Frisco Dog Training & Potty Pads

Special Considerations: These are best for apartment dwellers or those with long working hours.

Puppy training pads are great to use for housetraining, particularly with small dogs like Boston Terriers. If you live in a house with easy access to the backyard, you may not need to use puppy pads. However, they are necessary if you live in an apartment complex or need to be away from home for long periods.

Even when puppies are getting the hang of potty training, they often don’t indicate that they need to go until it’s an emergency. If you can pick up your dog and just run out the door, that’s no problem. But if getting outside requires an elevator ride or several flights of stairs, you might not make it. That’s where the puppy pads come in. You can maintain your dog’s housetraining and give them a designated bathroom space without wrecking your floors.

For owners who have a balcony or deck that’s easily accessible, you can also use a portable potty patch, like the Portable Pee Turf Patch, that gives your dog a patch of grass for pottying without requiring an entire outdoor yard space.

  • Soak up urine
  • Can be thrown in the trash
  • Save your floors
  • Inexpensive
  • Your dog may never be fully housetrained
  • They can become a crutch
  • Pups may think that any “square” on the floor is their potty (bathroom mats, board games, rugs, etc.)

3. Dog Bed

  • Our Pick: Happy Hounds Otis Orthopedic Pillow Dog Bed w/ Removable Cover

Special Considerations: Young puppies may chew up the bed.

If you are crate training your pup, you may not need a bed for them right away. Some owners choose to use the crate as a bed until their puppy is more reliable and can be trusted around the house. Others choose not to crate train their dogs and will use a bed right from the start. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, but your dog will need a bed of their own at some point.

An orthopedic foam bed provides cushioning for your dog’s joints. While Boston Terriers aren’t prone to bone and joint issues like many large dogs are, they will still appreciate a bed that supports their body.

A removable cover is recommended, so you can machine wash your dog’s bed as needed.

  • Orthopedic memory foam supports joints
  • Removable, washable cover
  • Young pups may chew up their bed

4. Toys

  • Our Pick: KONG Puppy Goodie Bone With Rope Dog Toy

KONG Puppy Goodie

Special Considerations: Puppies need durable toys that they can chew on.

Young puppies love to chew and play, so they need durable toys that will keep them busy and soothe sore gums when they are teething. KONG puppy toys are great choices. They are designed to help burn off excess energy by keeping your pup busy. The soft rubber and texture are also great for teething gums.

  • Combination of play and chew toy
  • Durable for active puppies
  • None

5. Behavioral Aids

  • Our Pick: Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Dog Toy

Special Considerations: This is an option for reducing anxiety in young puppies.

Behavioral aid toys can help reduce anxiety by capitalizing on a dog’s natural instincts. The idea of these toys is to create warmth and physical contact, which in turn, decreases barking, whining, crying, and separation anxiety.

The Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy has a simulated heartbeat and warming pack to soothe lonely puppies. It is machine washable for easy cleaning and lasts up to 2 weeks on a set of AAA batteries.

  • Helps decrease anxiety in puppies
  • Can become a crutch if used inappropriately

6. Puppy Cam

  • Our Pick: Wyze Cam v3 Pet Camera

Special Considerations: This may provide a sense of comfort for owners while they are away from home.

A puppy cam can be a valuable commodity for owners who want to see what their dog is up to while they’re away, but it can be a double-edged sword. While the camera does enable you to talk to your pup to praise them for good behavior, you can’t intervene if your dog doesn’t hear you (or ignores you).

Whether a puppy cam is worth the investment will depend on individual owner preferences. Some owners love the peace of mind that it provides them, while others find it anxiety-provoking.

  • Watch your pup remotely
  • Has two-way audio communication
  • You can praise your pup for good behavior while away from home
  • No ability to follow up on commands that your pup ignores
  • Can cause anxiety for some owners

7. Treats

  • Our Pick: Canine Cravers Farm Fresh Chicken Dehydrated Dog Treats

Canine Cravers Farm

Special Considerations: Treats should be considered in your dog’s daily caloric intake.

It’s a sure bet that you will need treats to train your pup. Ideally, you will have tiny training treats that are healthy and low calorie. Make sure they don’t make up more than 10% of your dog’s overall diet, and if you’ve fed them extra, adjust their meal portions accordingly to avoid overfeeding them.

  • Small, healthy training treats
  • Overfeeding can cause weight issues
  • Treat training can be difficult to wean dogs off of

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8. Training Tools

  • Our Pick: Mighty Paw Dog Training Clicker

Mighty Paw Dog Training Clicker

Special Considerations: There is no single right training tool for your dog, but it’s important to be consistent once you choose one.


9. Stain and Urine Cleaner

  • Our Pick: Hepper Advanced Bio-Enzyme Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator Spray

hepper enzyme cleaner spray

Special Considerations: Puppies have accidents. Having something on hand to easily clean up the mess makes these accidents less stressful.

10. Poop Bags

  • Our Pick: Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags

Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags, Refill Rolls

Special Considerations: You must pick up your dog’s poop, but these biodegradable poop bags can make you feel better about it.

12. Bowls

  • Our Pick: Frisco Double Stainless Steel Dog Bowl with Silicone Mat

Special Considerations: Stainless steel bowls don’t stain like plastic bowls; they are also chew-proof.

13. Bowl Mat

  • Our Pick: Drymate Leopard & Zebra Border Pet Bowl Place Mat

Bowl Mat

Special Considerations: Placing a silicone mat under your dog’s bowls makes it harder for them to drag the bowls across the floor.

14. Blanket

  • Our Pick: Pet Parents Pawtect Blanket Premium Waterproof Dog Blanket


Special Considerations: Blankets offer comfort to dogs at bedtime; they also give them something to burrow under for warmth.

15. Puppy Carrier or Backpack

  • Our Pick: Ibiyaya New Denim Fun Lightweight Pet Backpack Dog Carrier

Special Considerations: Puppies can have trouble keeping up on long-distance walks or hikes. A backpack carrier is a great way to take your Boston Terrier puppy with you on your adventures without putting too much strain on their tiny legs.

16. Puppy Gate

  • Our Pick: Internet’s Best Traditional Pet Gate

Puppy Gate

Special Considerations: Pet gates can help keep your pup contained in one or two rooms.

17. Soft Crate or Travel Crate

Travel Crate

Special Considerations: For road trips (or vet trips), you may want an easy-to-carry, collapsible soft crate to carry your dog.

18. Dog Collar

  • Our Pick: Necoichi Daruma Charm Cotton Breakaway Bow Tie Dog Collar

Special Considerations: Even if you choose to walk your dog with a harness, you will need a collar to attach identification and registration tags.

19. Dog Leash

  • Our Pick: Frisco Reflective Rope Slip Lead Dog Leash

Dog Leash

Special Considerations: Dog leashes should be lightweight and about 6 feet long. Retractable leashes should only be used for dogs that walk well on a leash.

20. Puppy Brush

  • Our Pick: KONG Dog ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush

Puppy Brush

Special Considerations: Make grooming time pleasant for your dog by using a brush that feels good! Boston Terriers are short-haired dogs, so don’t use a brush that could irritate or cut their skin.

21. Dog Harness

  • Our Pick: Voyager Padded Fleece Dog Harness

Voyager Padded Fleece Dog Harness

Special Considerations: Many owners find that walking is easier in a harness as opposed to attaching the leash to the collar. The harness reduces strain on your dog’s neck and throat.

22. Dog Shampoo

  • Our Pick: Earthbath Ultra-Mild Wild Cherry Puppy Shampoo

Special Considerations: A mild shampoo that doesn’t irritate your dog’s skin will make bath time more pleasant for you.

23. Dog Clothing

  • Our Pick: Frisco Marled Chevron Dog Sweater

Dog Clothing

Special Considerations: If you live in a cold climate, you may want to invest in a sweater or jacket for your dog to keep them warm on winter walks.

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Bringing home a puppy is one of the most exciting times in your life! By being prepared for your new pup, you can focus on bonding time rather than all the things that you need. Hopefully, this list has helped you get an idea of the supplies and products available so you can make your home ready for your new Boston Terrier.

Featured Photo Credit: Lenka N, Shutterstock

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