Important Resources to Have on Hand for Dog Owners

Bringing a dog home to the family is a rewarding experience for every parent. The looks of delight on your kid’s and partners face as you present them with their furry friend will last in your memory for a lifetime.

Dogs are awesome. Each dog has a unique personality based on their breed, upbringing, and genetic predisposition. However, it’s crucial that you understand how to care and handle your dog. Too many new owners underestimate what it takes to raise a dog, especially a puppy.

Here’s a quick guide to all the resources you’ll need for your family’s new best friend.

The Fundamentals

1. Food

Choose a premium brand dog food under the advice of your local veterinarian. The type of food you feed your dog makes a difference in their health and well-being. Choose a formula specific for your breed and your dog’s age. Puppies have different nutritional requirements compared to adult dogs.

2. Bowls

If your dog’s a greedy eater and wolfs down their food too fast, get them a puzzle bowl to slow their eating. These bowls come in different shapes and sizes for all breeds of dog at all stages of development. Make sure you get at least two water bowls for your dog, one for inside the house and another for outside.

3. Food Containers and Scoops

Avoid inconveniently scooping out food from bags with your hands by using a food scoop. These scoops also provide you with measurements for the ideal amounts of kibble to feed your dog.

4. Treats

Whether they’re homemade or store-bought, dogs love treats at any time of the day. You’ll need these tasty rewards to help you with training your dog.

5. Beds, Crates, and Kennels.

Your dog needs somewhere to sleep. Puppies need a crate when they’re young to remove the anxiety of not being around you while you sleep. Beds and dog-crates come in a wide variety of styles and sizes to suit any breed of dog. If you’ve rescued a dog from the local kennel service, consider buying them an outdoor doghouse, especially if they’re a large breed.

6. Leashes and Collars.

Every dog loves going for a walk. Keep things safe and controlled using a collar and leash. Some dogs prefer harnesses, while others like a leash and collar. Consult dog breed websites or accessory retailers for the best options available to you.

7. Identification

Keep your dog safe with an ID tag. Their ID tag attaches to their collar, and if anyone picks your dog up in the street, he or she knows whom to call. Take your dog to the vet and have them chipped.

If your dog runs away and loses the collar, anyone can take your dog to the vet. The vet reads the chip’s information that contains ownership and local vet details.

8. Toys

Every dog deserves toys. Ropes, balls, squeaky plushies, and treat dispensers – these are a few examples of toys that keep your dog entertained with or without you. Play a game of fetch with your dog or give them a chew toy to gnaw on while you’re at work. Toys alleviate anxiety and keep your dog busy, instead of giving them time to rip up your new couch while you run errands or visit friends.

9. Grooming Tools

Take them to the groomer for cleaning when your dog’s fur starts to get shabby. When you visit the groomer, ask them for advice on the ideal grooming brushes to keep your dog’s coat clean and free of shredded hair during the “blow” season. Don’t clip your dog’s nails – leave that to the professionals.

10. Odor neutralizer and Stain Remover

Accidents happen. Sooner or later your pooch will leave you a special present somewhere in the house. Keep the stain remover on hand for the carpets and freshen the air with some odor neutralizer.

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