Top 10 Dog Supplies For the New Dog Owner

Top 10 Dog Supplies For the New Dog Owner

 

Top 10 Dog Supplies For the New Dog Owner
By Kristopher Hampton

Whether you are bringing home a new puppy from a breeder or adopting an older dog from a local shelter, the excitement is still the same. There is so much joy in bringing your new dog or puppy home for the first time. This ball of fur will become an important member of your family and as such deserves a smooth transition into your household. Many people, especially new dog owners, often overlook what needs to be done before they bring their new dog home. This article focuses on the top 10 must have dog supplies for every new dog owner. Whether you buy new or borrow, having these items will make your pup a much happier pooch. In addition, being prepared will make the transition to becoming a dog owner much easier on you.

1. Dog Food: Obviously you want to make sure you have dog food on hand before you bring your new pup home. The trick here though is figuring out which one! There are so many different dog foods on the market today that it can be confusing for a new owner. An important thing to remember is that if you are bringing home a puppy, make sure you buy “Puppy” food which is specifically formulated for puppies. A dog who is over 1-2 years of age should be on an adult food. Take note of your dog’s appearance before bringing them home and choose a food accordingly. For example, if they are overweight choose a light formula. If it is a small dog choose a formula specifically for small dogs. You can also check with your vet to see what food they recommend.

2. Dog Collar and Leash: Make sure you buy the appropriate size dog collar and leash before you bring your new pup home. Just as with humans, exercise is a very important part of a dog’s life. Walking your dog should be a daily occurrence and so you will need an appropriate collar and leash. There are so many unique, cute dog collars to choose that you’re sure to find a collar that fits you and your dog’s personality!

3. ID Tag: One of the first things you should do is attach an ID tag to your dog’s collar. It should have at least two phone numbers listed in case your pup wanders away from home. You can also list your dog’s name and your address if desired. You can get these online or from your local pet shop.

4. Food and Water Bowls: If you don’t like the idea of using bowls you already have at home, make sure you buy at least two dog bowls for food and water. If your pup will be spending a good amount of time in your fenced yard it would be beneficial to have a third water bowl outside. All dogs need access to water at all times.

5. Dog Crate: This is more for puppies than for the older dog who is already house trained. Crate training is essential in getting your dog house trained easily and in a timely manner. Crates are also good for keeping your new puppy out of trouble. Make sure you do your research though. Crate training, when done correctly, can be an invaluable tool. But when done incorrectly it can be a nightmare for you and your pooch.

6. Dog Bed: Dogs are naturally den animals. As such, they need their own haven where they can feel safe and sound. They need a place where they can go when they need rest or when they are feeling stressed. For many dogs, this sanctuary is usually their bed. If you don’t provide your pup with a good unique dog bed of its own, it will usually find a way to create its own den, usually at the expense of your couch or favorite chair! You’ll be able to find large dog beds, small dog beds and designer dog beds online or in your local pet shop. Dogs tend to sleep about 12-16 hours per day, so make sure you invest in a good quality bed.

7. Dog Toys: Dogs need stimulation in their lives. A fun toy will keep them stimulated and happy. Dog toys are a great way to bond with your new pup as well. In addition to this, if you have a good selection of toys on hand your dog is less likely to chew on your furniture or shoes! You can find some of the best dog toys online or in your local pet shop.

8. Healthy Dog Treats: The importance of a dog treat shouldn’t be underestimated. Use all natural dog treats, or organic treats, when training your new pup and as a reward for good behavior. Try and use healthy dog treats that are low in fat and made with quality ingredients like real meat and/or vegetables. Some dogs have allergies, in which case you can buy wheat free dog treats.

9. Grooming Tools: If your new dog has hair on the long side or if it is a breed that needs regular grooming, make sure you invest in a pet brush (preferably a ‘slicker’ brush), dog comb and nail clippers. Even if you will be getting your pup groomed by a professional groomer, you will still need to maintain their hair in-between grooming appointments. If you do not keep your dog knot free they will more than likely get matted which can result in your groomer having to shave the hair very short.

10. Dog Shampoo: All natural dog shampoo or organic shampoo that is made specifically for dogs is the best. You will even find shampoo for allergies if your new pup suffers from itchy skin. You can also use flea shampoo as part of your dog’s flea and tick treatment.

Now that you are prepared, the transition from non-dog owner to dog owner will be a much easier one. You will probably find that there are other things you may need or want before you bring your new dog home. But this is a good list to get you started. It’s always a good idea to talk to a vet, dog trainer or other dog owners if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck and enjoy your new pup!

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