If you’re a first-time dog owner, welcome aboard to the wonderful world of pooches! I’m sure you’ll be having loads of fun with your new best friend but are you already prepared? To ensure your furry friend gets to live the happy life he so deserves, you will be needing some dog supplies.
Most new pet parents are uncertain of what dog supplies they will be needing. Getting a dog is like having a new-born child. You need to get your home prepped up for the newest addition to your family. These dog supplies are essential in making the best out of your relationship with your new four-legged pal.
Dog Supplies: What Are the Essential Items for Your Furry Friend?
One of the many responsibilities of being a pet parent is to provide your precious pooch the necessary dog supplies. What are these essential items, you ask? Scroll on to find out. I have listed the items that I personally use for my dogs and some of the great inventions in taking care of our pooches.
1. Food and Water Bowls
Your dog will need two bowls: one for his food and another for his water. There are a lot of varieties of food and water bowls in the market, however, I personally would not recommend a ceramic bowl since it can easily break. You can choose a plastic or stainless steel bowl.
2. Dog Food
It is a must to give your dog the proper nutrition his body needs. Thus, feed your dog with high-quality dog food and stock up as this is one of the most basic needs of your furry friend.
3. Collar and Leash
Dog collar and leash can come in very handy when you’re training your dog. Also, when you walk your dog, you will need a collar and leash (especially if your dog’s not trained to walk off-leash).
4. Dog Tag
While it is advisable to have your dog microchipped, I would still recommend the use of a dog tag where you can put your contact information such as phone number and address in case your dog runs off or gets lost. Dog tags are usually made of plastic or metal which you can hang on your dog’s collar.
5. Dog Crate
6. Dog Bed
Dogs, just like us humans, love to lie down in a cozy and comfy bed. There are a lot of options you can choose from but you should pick something that could make your furry friend safe and secure.
7. Shampoo and Conditioner
One weird thing about dogs is they love to get messy. With that said, you’ll be needing a shampoo and conditioner for their bath time to keep their coat free from matting (especially when your dog has a long hair).
8. Dog Towel
Sure, you would want to share a lot of things with your dog but a towel is not one of them. Provide your dog his own towel to dry him up after taking a bath.
9. Brush or Comb
Depending on what dog coat type your dog has, he will need a brush or comb for grooming purposes. Regular brushing is advisable to keep their coat tangle-free and also to brush off your dog’s lose hair.
10. Nail Trimmer
All dogs need their nails to be trimmed. The type of nail trimmer you should get will depend on the size of your dog. If you’re not sure about what kind of nail trimmer to best suit your furry friend, you can consult a professional groomer.
11. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Most dog owners neglect their furry friend’s dental hygiene but this shouldn’t be the case. Your dog’s mouth can get infected by bacteria which can lead to a serious health problem. To avoid this, provide your precious pooch his own toothbrush and toothpaste and practice proper dental hygiene.
12. Odor Neutralizer
Some dog breeds have a doggy smell which other people cannot tolerate. Having an odor neutralizer will come in very handy to ward off the not-so-appealing doggy smell.
13. Pooper Scooper
If you’re a pet parent, you’re responsible for your dog’s poop, thus, you need to have a pooper scooper. This is especially helpful when you and your furry friend are out for your daily walk and he suddenly needs to go.
14. Dog Toys
Chew toys, fetch toys, tug toys, and food-dispensing toys — these are just some of the dog toys you can give your dog for entertainment. You wouldn’t want a bored dog as it can cause a lot of dog behavior problems.
15. Dog Treats
Want to make your dog training easier? Make use of dog treats! However, you should be mindful not to overdo it as it can disrupt the nutritional requirement of your dog or might cause health conditions such as obesity.
16. Vitamins and Supplements
Supplying your furry friend vitamins and supplements can help keep him healthy and fight diseases. Consult your veterinarian to know what vitamins and supplements you should get for your dog.
17. Dog Clothes
You should always consider your dog’s tolerance for the kind of area you’re living. Some dogs cannot tolerate cold weather, thus, it would be better if you provide him clothing such as a dog sweatshirt or jacket. On the other hand, if your dog cannot stand a warm environment, there are cooling coats or vests available in the market to keep him cool.
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It’s highly advisable to be always prepared once you decided to bring home a dog with you. And, the best way to be prepared is to know and get the dog supplies your furry friend (and you) will need in order to give your dog the happy and healthy life.
What other dog supplies can you add on the list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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