What Do You Need For Your New Dog?

Being a dog owner is a massive responsibility, and this isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Before making the jump, make sure that you are fully prepared and that you are ready to take on the responsibility of owning a dog.

It goes without saying that a dog, all dogs, need a lot of exercise in order to stay healthy. This means going for walks everyday and, if you have one, being allowed out in the garden (the bigger the better) so it can run around and enjoy itself.

Stock up on supplies

Dogs can be quite expensive too, so to help keep costs down without cutting any corners you should consider buying all of your dog supplies online. Bricks & mortar stores are invariably more expensive because of additional overheads.

While supplies on your mind, grab some identification tags while you are at it. These are required by law and need to include your name and address. For completeness you could add your phone number too if this isn’t likely to change.

Feeding & Chewing

Feeding bowls should be of the heavy bottomed variety, regardless of your pet’s size. Lighter bowls end up all over the room, tipped up and leaving food everywhere. Also, if that wasn’t incentive enough, plastic bowls can end up chewed into soggy lumps. Buy heavy duty, and you won’t have to keep on buying them.

To help with your dog’s insatiable need to chew, and to keep them away from your shoes, buy some chew toys. Apart from keeping the dog entertained it will also help clean its teeth.

Dogs like familiar things, and when one first arrives at its new home it will be understandably nervous and unsure of itself. The best thing that you can do here, is give it familiar food. It has already gone through a big change, so allowing it to naturalise slowly is possibly the kindest thing that you can do at this point.

Next steps

A collar and leash should already have been bought, possibly at the same time as the tags. You could leave off introducing the collar until the dog has settled, and the leash when it has gotten used to the collar.

For those small breeds, you may find that a harness is more appropriate but remember to attach the ID tag to this too.

Before heading out on that first walk, you will need to take a trip to the vets. Your new is going to need his shots, and it’s important that you don’t forget or delay it. Animals seem to have a sixth sense about these things and they when something is happening that it might not like.

To help overcome this, take some snacks along and play with your dog as much as you are able. Making a fuss of the dog before and after will make the next trip to the vets that much easier.

Hopefully you now have a much better understanding of what is required and the things that you need to be doing.

Your dog needs constant care and attention, much like an infant, and you need to be able to provide that. If you can, you are never going to regret adding to your family in this way!

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