Whether you’re bringing home a new puppy from a breeder or adopting an older dog from a local animal shelter, the excitement stays the same. Bringing your new dog or puppy home for the first time is a great pleasure. This furball will become an important member of your family and as such deserves a smooth transition into your home. Many people, especially new dog owners, often forget what to do before bringing their new dog home. This article focuses on the top 10 dog supplies that every new dog owner should have. Whether you’re buying new or borrowing, these items will make your pup a much happier dog. If you’re prepared, the transition to dog ownership will be made a lot easier.
- Dog Food: Obviously, you need to make sure you have some dog food on hand before you bring your new pup home. The trick here is which one! There is so much dog food on the market today that it can be confusing to a new owner. When bringing a puppy home, be sure to purchase puppy food that is specifically designed for puppies. A dog over 1 to 2 years old should consume adult food. Before you bring your dog home, note the appearance of your dog and choose an appropriate food. For example, if you are overweight, choose a lightweight formula. If you are a small dog, choose a specific small dog formula. You can also see your veterinarian to see what foods they recommend.
- Dog Collar and Leash – Make sure you purchase the correct dog collar and leash before you bring your new pup home. As with humans, exercise is a very important part of a dog’s life. Walking your dog should be a daily matter, so you will need an appropriate collar and leash. There are so many unique and cute dog collars to choose from that you’re sure to find a collar that suits you and your dog’s personality!
- ID Tag: One of the first things you need to do is put an ID tag on your dog’s collar. You should have at least two phone numbers in case your puppy leaves the house. You can also include your dog’s name and address if you wish. You can get them online or at your local pet store.
- Food and water bowls: If you don’t like the idea of using bowls you already have at home, consider buying at least two dog food and water bowls. If your pup spends a lot of time in your fenced yard, it is beneficial to have a third container of water outside. All dogs must have access to water at all times.
- Dog Crate: This is more for puppies than older dogs that are already home trained. Cage training is essential for your kennel to train quickly and easily. Cages are also helpful in keeping your new pup out of trouble. However, make sure to do your research. When done correctly, in-box training can be a valuable tool. But if done badly, it can be a nightmare for you and your dog.
- Dog bed: Dogs naturally dig animals. As such, they need their own safe haven in which to feel safe and sound. They need a place to go when they need to rest or when they feel stressed out. For many dogs, this sanctuary is usually their bed. If you don’t provide your pup with a good dog bed, he will usually find a way to create his own den, usually at the expense of your favorite sofa or chair! You can find large dog beds, small dog beds, and branded dog beds online or at your local pet store. Dogs typically sleep 12 to 16 hours a day. So be sure to invest in a quality bed.
- Dog Toys: Dogs need stimulation in their life. A fun toy will stimulate them and make them happy. Dog toys are also a great way to bond with your new pup. Also, having a good selection of toys on hand will make your dog less likely to chew on your furniture or shoes. You can find some of the best dog toys online or at your local pet store.
- Healthy Dog Treatments: The importance of dog treatment should not be underestimated. Use any natural or organic dog treats when training your new pup and as a treat for good behavior. Try to use healthy dog foods that are low in fat and made from high quality ingredients like real meat and / or vegetables. Some dogs have allergies. In this case, you can buy wheat-free dog food.
- Grooming Tools – If your new dog has long hair or is a breed that needs regular grooming, be sure to invest in a pet brush (preferably a more “polished” brush), dog comb, and nail clippers. Even if your puppy is being groomed by a professional snow groomer, they will need to groom their hair between grooming appointments. If you don’t keep your dog knot-free, these can likely become tangled, which can result in your groomer shaving their hair very short.
- Dog Shampoo: Any natural dog shampoo or organic shampoo made specifically for dogs is best. You can even find an allergy shampoo if your new puppy has itchy skin. You can also use a flea shampoo as part of your dog’s flea and tick treatment.
Now that you’re ready, making the transition from owning a dog to owning a dog will be a lot easier. You will likely find that there are other things that you may need or need before you bring your new dog home. But it’s a good list to start with. It’s always a good idea to speak to a veterinarian, dog trainer, or other dog owner if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck and have fun with your new puppy!