If you’ve finally decided it is time to get a dog, perhaps this is something you’ve been planning for a long time, or maybe you’ve fallen in love with a dog unexpectedly during lockdown. Regardless of your situation, there are a few things you’re going to need to help your new addition settle into their new home and make your new life as a dog-owner run more smoothly.
Thankfully for you, we’ve devised a list of essential items you’ll need to get you started on your journey as a new puppy parent.
Your new pup needs to eat if you want them to grow big and strong. To the novice dog owner, deciding what to feed your furry friend can be somewhat overwhelming. Going with a reputable dog food brand like Earthborn Holistic is often a good place to start. However, if your puppy had a previous owner or breeder, speak to them to find out about the type of diet the dog is used to. Remember, any sudden change in diet can wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system, so do some research.
Food And Water Bowls
Now you’ve got your furry friend some grub, remember they are going to need something to eat out of. You’ll also need to remember to keep them hydrated. Be sure to buy quality food and water that are made of something durable. Stainless steel is a good choice when it comes to dog bowls, as they are easy to clean and will last a lifetime. If you have a dog with little impulse control, buying a bowl with a slow feeding capacity could help ease the feeding process.
A Bed (And A Few Extra Blankets)
Your pooch might be a little ball of energy, but they do tire eventually. When they do, you’ll need to have a nice comfy dog bed where they can take a nap. Having some extra blankets on hand won’t do any harm, especially when the weather gets chilly. Be sure to get something durable because dogs love to chew at things and you won’t want to have to fork out for a new bed too soon.
A Collar With A Tag
Ideally, you should always have pets microchipped. However, in case your pup decides to go on a walkabout while you aren’t watching, it’s also wise to have them wear a collar and tag on so people can easily identify them. Make sure the dog’s name and your phone number are visible so in the event they do get lost, you can easily be reunited without too much fuss.
A Leash And Harness
Your little furball will need to get out and about for some daily dose of exercise. A good-quality leash and a sturdy harness are essential items for dog training and will also make it easier for you to keep your dog close to you at times. As your dog is likely to grow over time try to find a harness that is adjustable and can accommodate a bit of growth.
Toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained at home and many of them don’t require much effort to keep your dog entertained. The dog toy market is growing rapidly, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding something to keep your dog occupied. From traditional favorites like tennis balls, rope toys and frisbees, to more sophisticated items like doggy brain training puzzles, the options are endless.
A few key things to bear in mind when choosing toys for your dog is safety and durability. Firstly, you want to be sure that the material the item is made of isn’t toxic or harmful to your dog. If your dog is energetic, it’s wise to purchase toys that are extra durable and will last through long periods of chewing.
Now that you have a list of essentials, you’re ready to start your puppy parenting journey and it’s time to get shopping. Have fun and don’t stress too much. Being a dog owner can be stressful at times, but the fun quickly outweighs all the hard work you’ll need to do.
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