If you’ve finally decided that it’s time to get a dog, maybe it’s something you’ve been planning for a long time, or maybe you unexpectedly fell in love with a dog during the lockdown Ho. Regardless of your situation, there are a few things you need to do to help your new couple settle into their new home and make their new life as a dog owner run more smoothly.
Thankfully for you, we’ve compiled a list of essential items to start your journey as a new puppy parent.
Your new puppy needs to eat if you want them to be big and strong. For 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, talk to them about what 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 that you’ve messed something up your furry friend, remember they need something to eat. You also need to remember to keep them hydrated. Be sure to buy quality food and water that is made from something sustainable. Stainless steel is a great 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 slower feeding capacity can help make the feeding process easier.
A bed (and some extra blankets)
Your dog may be a little ball of energy, but they eventually tire. When they do, you should have a nice comfy dog bed where they can take a nap. It won’t hurt to have a few extra blankets on hand, especially when the weather is chilly. Be sure to have something durable because dogs love to chew on things and you won’t want to run out for a new bed anytime soon.
a collar with a tag
Ideally, you should always have your pet microchipped. However, if your puppy decides to go on a walkout when you are not watching, it is also wise to put them on a collar and tag so that people can easily identify them. Make sure the dog’s name and your phone number are visible, so if they get lost, you can easily be reunited without too much fuss.
a leash and harness
Your little furball will need to get outside for some daily doses 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 around at times. As your dog is likely to grow over time, try to find a harness that is adjustable and can accommodate small growths.
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 market for dog toys is booming, so you will 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.
Some important things to keep in mind when choosing toys for your dog are safety and durability. First, you want to make sure that the material the item is made from is not toxic or harmful to your dog. If your dog is energetic, it is wise to buy toys that are extra durable and last long after chewing.
Now that you have a list of essentials, you’re ready to start your puppy parenting journey and it’s time to go 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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