Essentials – What You Need Before Bringing A New Dog Home

So you got a new dog! Wow, congratulations. Are you prepared for the additional responsibility of having a dog in your household? It isn’t as simple as bringing home your new pooch!

Before you embark on your happy life together, there are a few things that you’ll need. In this blog post, we’ll go over the essentials that you need, how to pick them, and what to look out for while getting your home ready.

Dog Essentials
Any dog parent knows that a dog in their home means tons of doggy products EVERYWHERE. Whether you step on a squeaky toy at night on the way to the bathroom, or whether you spit hair out of your mouth each day, a dog-occupied home is unmistakable.

You don’t have to have every single dog product available on the market, but there are a few key things that you need, at the barest minimum, to prepare for your new arrival.

1, Dog Food
When it comes to choosing a dog food, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, consider your dog’s age, breed, and activity level. Puppies and seniors, for example, have different nutritional needs than adult dogs.

Second, take a look at the ingredients list. The first few ingredients should be some form of meat or fish, as these are the most digestible sources of protein for dogs. Avoid foods that rely heavily on grains, as they can be difficult for dogs to digest.

Finally, talk to your vet about any special dietary needs your dog may have. By taking all of these factors into account, you can choose a dog food that will provide your furry friend with the nutrients they need to stay healthy and happy.

2, Grooming Supplies
Unless you want to make a trip to the groomer every week or two, you’ll have to do some DIY grooming at home. Many dog owners struggle with the question of whether to groom their dog themselves or take them to a professional groomer. While there are some benefits to taking your dog to a groomer, there are also several reasons why you might want to consider grooming your dog yourself. One of the main advantages of grooming your dog yourself is that you can avoid the expense of professional grooming services.

In addition, grooming your dog yourself gives you the opportunity to bond with your pet and get to know them better. You’ll also be able to customize the grooming experience to your dog’s individual needs and preferences.

With a little practice, you’ll be able to give your dog high-quality grooming that rivals that of any professional groomer. At the minimum, you’ll need a brush, nail clippers, ear and eye cleaner, and shampoo.

Thick, double-coated dogs might need an undercoat rake, and long-haired dogs might need conditioner, detangling spray, or some clippers if you intend to give your dog a haircut every once in a while.

3, Crate, Playpens, or Gate
Your new dog might take some adjusting, and if you have a puppy, you’ll DEFINITELY want to confine it before he chews the house down.

When it comes to providing a safe environment for your pet, there are two main options: crates and playpens. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the one that’s right for your pet.

Crates provide a safe, den-like space for your pet to retreat to when they want some alone time. They’re also great for dogs who tend to chew or destroy things when left unsupervised, as they can’t access anything they’re not supposed to in a crate. However, crates can be confining and stressful for some pets, and they may need to be broken in slowly before your pet is comfortable using one.

Playpens, on the other hand, offer a larger space for your pet to play and explore. They’re ideal for highly active pets who need more room to run around, and they can be easily rearranged or expanded as your pet’s needs change. However, playpens can be less secure than crates, as pets can easily jump or climb out of them if left unsupervised.

4, Leash, Collar, and ID tag
Any responsible dog owner knows that their pet needs a leash, collar, and ID tag. A leash is essential for walks, preventing your dog from running off and getting lost. A collar provides a comfortable and secure way to attach the leash, as well as a place to attach an ID tag.

An ID tag is vital in case your dog ever gets lost; it ensures that anyone who finds your dog will be able to quickly return them to you. In summation, a leash, collar, and ID tag are all essential items for any responsible dog owner. And don’t forget the poop bags!

5, Chew Toys
Chew toys are a great way to keep your dog from chewing on things that they’re not supposed to, like your furniture or shoes. They’re also a great way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy. chewing on toys helps to remove plaque and tartar build-up, which can cause gum disease.

In addition, chew toys can help to relieve boredom and anxiety in dogs, which can lead to destructive chewing behavior. So, if you’re looking for a way to save money and keep your dog happy and healthy, investing in some chew toys is a good idea.

Final Thoughts
Remember that this is the barest minimum you’ll need on the first few nights. Eventually, you’re going to add other things like dental sticks, plenty of toys, treats, pet wipes, training accessories…gosh, the list goes on.

Have fun with your new pooch and may you have many long, happy years together!

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