These Are 10 Must-Haves If You Are A New Dog Owner.
Congratulations, you have a new puppy on the way! There are few things more exciting. Aside from the excitement, you need to be prepared, and you don’t want to have to make overnight trips to the grocery store, or worse, have your new puppy not feel at home!
Remember, your puppy will probably be separated from his birth mother, so it’s important that he’s in a loving environment and has everything he needs to settle in.
So here are 10 important things for your puppy that you’ll need …..
Just like your own bed, your dog’s bed is also an important decision. It should be large enough for your dog to stretch, but also comfortable. There are many options, and it can be hard to know where to start.
A good tip might be to buy two or three beds. Put them all together and within a few days, you’ll be clear on what your puppy prefers. If they just seem to be indifferent beds, be aware that they’re probably indifferent — you can always return the ones that aren’t being used!
Also, remember that your puppy is growing (depending on the breed). It’s up to you to decide if you want to start with the bed he’ll have when he grows up, or if you want to buy a smaller bed first that better suits his size; then another one when he’s older!
Okay, I admit it, I probably like these dog beds from Ralph & Co. They are designed in the UK but made in Italy.
The aesthetics of the bed are undeniable, the class of shape, padding and color are visible to all. The tanned leather labels also add a touch of class.
The fabric is durable but has an incredibly soft filling.
My favorite part of the bed is the reversible pillow. For those of us who are obsessed with cleanliness and aesthetics, one side of the pillow is covered with a fabric that matches the rest of the bed so that it looks brand new when you have visitors or guests.
Then, if you want to add comfort for your dog, the other side of the pillow is covered with woolen fabric.
I’m even considering having one for lounging.
A practical tip: to save money, you can buy a larger bed and fill it with towels or rolled-up blankets so that your puppy is snuggled up right from the start.
Also, note that location is important. It’s best to use a hard floor, as there will probably be a lot of cleaning involved. Try to find a draught-free place in your home, preferably near a radiator for the coldest winter months. Don’t forget that many dogs also love quilts!
OTHER TIP: You may have heard this before, but for the first few days, you can give your puppy a clock and a bottle of warm water wrapped in a blanket at night, as this will remind him of his mother’s heartbeat.
There are a few considerations in this regard.
First, the material; while others are more visually appealing, stainless steel seems to be the best way to prevent the build-up of bacteria.
Also, pay attention to the materials; look for bowls marked “for dogs only” or that cannot be used in the dishwasher. This is usually a sign that they are made of inferior materials.
We are also seeing more and more of these bowls on stands! Some of them are very nice to look at and may even add to the aesthetics of your home, just make sure they are placed at the right height. I don’t think any of us will try to eat from the top shelf!
If you are looking for something more elegant, you might prefer something like the stainless steel URPOWER bowl that comes with a silicone mat — a very stylish dog bowl!
Don’t forget to do your research here. A loose or tight collar can be incredibly uncomfortable for your dog. It’s really worth going to a store and trying several different ones on your puppy. Again, a good approach is to buy a smaller one for the first few months and then have a different one for the following months.
We are also seeing more and more running harnesses. They are much softer for the dog because they prevent choking pressure on your puppy’s throat, and are especially good for small dogs if you want to pick them up quickly!
The Rolls Royce of harnesses is Ruffwear’s Webmaster; it just doesn’t get any better than this.
The Webmaster is a safe, supportive, multi-purpose harness designed to maneuver and help dogs overcome obstacles, as well as for certain working dogs.
The thin, durable foam provides support without restricting movement.
It also features five adjustment points for a secure fit, while padded chest and waist straps increase your dog’s comfort.
It is the harness of choice for many avalanche rescue, driving, and amputation dog programs. The WebMaster is also ideal for hiking, climbing, and as a mobility aid.
4. identification plate/microchips
Obviously, getting an ID tag for your dog is an absolute necessity for very obvious reasons. Petflow has a great selection!
It is believed that only 3–5% of dogs in the United States are microchipped. To me, that’s absolute madness. Your vet can do this easily and painlessly. My advice would be to do it.
5. Stain Remover / Deodorant
Yes, it will be an inevitable part of a dog owner’s early days. Put on absorbent paper towels, antibacterial spray, and some kind of deodorant. Don’t be afraid to buy in bulk, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll use.
6. Poop bags
Yes, here we go again. Essential for both on the road and in the house. There’s not much to say here; just make sure you have them! I still feel compelled to use eco-friendly bags after watching a recent Netflix documentary on the effects of single-use plastic!
7. chew the toys
Well, let’s go back to more pleasant shopping. Almost all dogs have the urge to chew things. It’s in their DNA.
Even for hunting dogs, playing with a toy can be an endless joy, especially if it looks or feels like something they might have hunted in the wild.
It’s up to you but sometimes dogs like toys that squeak when you bite them. Again, it depends on your patience, but it may be better to use it in moderation.
As we mentioned in our article 5, the unexpectedly dangerous food for your dog — A chewable bone you buy for your dog at a pet store has great dental benefits. Real cooked bones, i.e. spare ribs that are leftover, are a NO-NO as they can break into pieces if swallowed. As an alternative to the usual chewing bones, antlers are a great way to clean your puppy’s teeth. You can also put it in the freezer during teething to soothe sore gums.
8. doors for children
It may not be the first thing you think of when you buy, but it can be the most valuable. Puppies are usually quite mischievous, and they probably want to explore (you can bet they’ll love your new carpet or rug). They’re also useful for blocking stairs, which can be potentially dangerous for a young puppy.
This depends largely on the breed of your dog. One thing that is essential for all dogs is a toothbrush! You can easily buy toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs, it is important that this is part of your dog’s routine. Dental problems in middle-aged dogs are all too common.
If you have a long-haired dog, grooming will take a little longer and may require thorough brushing. For short-haired dogs, you can buy a bottle of dog shampoo and get it done.
Some other things to remember…
- A good set of nail clippers is important. When your puppy’s nails are growing, scratching can be a problem, so make sure they are well-groomed.
- It’s always worth keeping a towel handy by the back door for your dog, as muddy paws are common.
10. Dog Food
Finally, it is important to stock up on dog food. It’s worth consulting a veterinarian or nutritionist to find out what food you’ll be getting, but one thing is certain: there are plenty of choices.
It’s entirely up to you, but like everything else in life, natural dog foods that contain the best ingredients tend to be more expensive. It pays to shop and shop around. Choosing the right dog food is a topic in itself.
The above list is only a checklist, so we will not make specific recommendations. I strongly recommend that you research all of these topics as there are literally thousands of options for each item.
If you would like more details on any of these items or specific product recommendations, please let us know in the comments and we will see what we can do. I actually read and accept all comments, so I’d love to hear from you and, if possible, see if I can help!
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