The decision to have a dog brings a lot of joy to every family. However, people who decide to buy a pet are often so immersed in the search that they forget to take care of other means. After all, it is necessary to prepare for having a new family member in advance. So, what should you consider before you take a dog to your home? What you will need even on the first day owning a dog and what you can consider buying later?
Harness or collar? First of all, you should decide whether to buy a harness or collar for your dog. Which one to choose? Well, it’s completely up to you. When choosing a collar, remember that your puppy will grow. Therefore, it is worth choosing a model that is adjustable. However, it should be noted that the adjustable part of the collar should not be too long. It is recommended to choose a soft collar which would be comfortable for the puppy. Harness is often chosen by those owners who are confident that the collars are uncomfortable to wear for dogs. If you consider getting the harness, pay attention that it will take some time every time you go for a walk.
Leash. Another important thing is the leash. You can choose an automatic or simple one. The automatic leash allows the dog to run freely in different directions. While the length of the leash can be adjusted by the owner only with one click. Leashes for dogs of small breeds are available in a wide variety of materials. They also perform a decorative function. For larger dogs, meanwhile, the variety of leashes is smaller. It is not so easy to combine decorativeness and guarantee of the leash strength. By getting a leash in advance, you will be able to go out for a walk with your pet even on the same day.
Dog bed. It is also important to consider where your pet will sleep. Of course, it would mostly like to settle in your bed… However a dog bed is necessary as dogs usually sleep 12-16 hours a day. After choosing a place for a dog bed in your home, check out the deals offered by the stores. Of course, you may choose from a variety of options. A soft and cozy dog bed will definitely not leave your dog indifferent. A quick piece of advice: when choosing a dog bed, make sure that the bed’s cover is washable.
A crate for transportation. One should not forget to get one of the means of transporting the dog as well. This could be a seat belt that secures your pet inside the car, or a cage. Depending on whether it is more acceptable to you and whether you have the option of transporting the dog in the salon or in the trunk, you should choose the appropriate method. This is extremely important for the safety of you and your pet when going by car.
Food. Depending on the age and breed of your dog, you should choose the right food. It could be also done by a veterinarian or other professional familiar with dog nutrition. Dog food is a very important part that directly affects the condition of the dog’s skin, fur, teeth and bones. So, it can be said that the health of your pet also depends to a large extent on food. Therefore, it is beneficial to give the balanced dog food and make sure that your pet does not lack vitamins or other food supplements.
Food and water bowls. Very often people preparing to have their first dog forget to buy food and water bowls. It is not a big deal but only when everything is ready in advance and you don’t have to go a few more times, you can pay all of your attention to your new family member. By the way, typically, bowls for food and water come in three different types: ceramic, plastic and stainless steel. The first option will crumble sooner or later. The second option will not be as fragile as the first, but is not eco-friendly. Meanwhile, the best option in this case is stainless steel.
Grooming supplies. The measures you may need to groom your dog depend on the breed and size of your dog. Short-haired dogs require less coat care than the ones having long hair. However, brushing your dog daily will minimize the shedding. In addition, you’ll need a fur removal brush, a bottle of puppy shampoo and nail clippers. During the first meeting with your veterinarian, ask him to explain or show you how to trim your dog’s nails. However, if you still do not dare to do so, you can entrust the nail trimming to a veterinarian as well.
A dog ramp for bed. You should also consider purchasing a dog ramp for the bed if you plan to allow your dog to rest on his bed. This way, even a small puppy will be able to climb on the bed on its own. Also, trying to jump on the bed can cause your dog to slip on the bed and get injured. To avoid this, it is a good idea to consider buying a dog ramp for the bed. It not only saves a lot of time you would spend on taking your dog to bed hundreds of times every day but also can be very helpful if your dog is sick, old or handicapped.
Toys. That is definitely the thing that should not be forgotten. To keep your favorite slippers, household items, or furniture from tempting your pet, buy toys for your dog. You will never make a mistake by choosing balls, rope or stuffed toys as well as the ones that are for chewing. However, it is advisable not to buy too much and not to give all the toys at once after buying. This way, your pet will get bored quickly. Prepare at least one toy when you take the dog home. Your efforts will definitely be appreciated.