Getting a dog can be one of the best experiences in your life. However, before you welcome your new dog into your home, you'll need to make sure you are prepared.
While you may not want to purchase every item on this list initially, it is a good idea to have some of the basics ready when your dog arrives. Here's a list of items to consider buying to prepare for your new dog.
Items you may need for Fido:
Food and Water Bowls
Your dog will require at least two bowls, one for food and one for water. We recommend getting more though so that you always have a clean one ready while dishes are being washed. Keep in mind that plastic ones can be chewable and tend to quickly harbor bacteria, so stainless steel ones are recommended.
Food and Treats
The type and amount of food you will get will depend on the size and age of your dog. Look into whether you'll want dry food, wet food, or a combination of both. It can be helpful to talk to a vet for his or her recommendations.
In addition to food, it's always good to have treats handy - for training, to reward good behavior, and for all of the cute faces you'll be getting.
Collar and Harness
A dog harness will make it easier to handle and control your dog when going on walks. A collar will carry the identification and license tags in case of an emergency or if your pup ever gets lost (fingers crossed that never happens!)
One thing to note, you should check the collar's size/fit frequently, especially when your dog is still growing up, to make sure it still fits.
When it comes to getting a leash, make sure that it's strong and that it's easy to clip to the dog's harness. We tend to like retractable ones, they allow you to provide your dog with as much freedom as you want. However, having a standard leash is also recommended for training, then once Fido is all trained up you can graduate them to a retractable leash.
Even if you don't plan to crate train your dog, a crate or pen can be useful for keeping your dog confined in certain situations, for travel, or as a safe space. While dogs need a lot of love and attention, they also need their own space. They descend from wolves, and as such they are denning creatures. This just means they like to have their own area where they can choose to sleep, play, and hideout if they feel the need to.
Adjustable wire crates are recommended when you have a growing dog, as you can expand it as needed.
Whether your dog will eventually be sleeping on your bed or in their crate, a bed is recommended for initial training. Plus, dogs sleep between 12 to 16 hours a day, so they'll need a place where they can do that comfortably any time they please.
When deciding which bed is right for your pup, make sure that it is large enough to let your dog stretch out and relax. It's also a good idea to pick one that is washable.
The grooming supplies that you get for your dog will depend on what kind of breed your dog is. However, for starters, you'll definitely need dog nail clippers or a nail grinder, a brush, scissors, shampoo, dog toothbrush, and dog toothpaste.
Even though you may not know the kind of toys your dog prefers yet, it's always good to have a few ready. Dogs not only get mental stimulation from playing with toys, but toys will make them feel more comfortable when they arrive at a new home.
Some dogs do better in cold weather, some prefer warmer weather. When you get your new dog, consider the type of weather in your area and whether your type of dog tends to get cold or hot easily. When cold, sometimes it's good to get your dog a sweater or jacket if they aren't a cold weather breed. If it's hot, consider getting them a "cool coat" if they are not a warm weather breed.
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