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Products You Need to Have for Your Puppy

Bringing a new puppy home is a beautiful life experience that everyone should enjoy. If you have kids, the chances are they’ll treat the little ball of fur like it’s their new best friend and favorite play-thing.

Taking care of a puppy requires more than merely feeding them and showing them love on a daily basis. A puppy soon grows into a dog, and along the way, they need entertainment. Walks, toys, bedding – all of these things need to be taken care of if you want your pup to grow up in a happy and healthy environment.

Visiting an online pet product retailer, yields thousands of results, for toys and accessories for your new pooch. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, the results are overwhelming with the amount of choice and variety on display. We decided to take the effort out of your shopping experience and give you a guide to our top picks for puppy products.

1. Leash and Collar

If you plan on taking your puppy for a walk, you’ll need to purchase a collar and leash. Most city bylaws require owners to leash their dogs in public. Failure to adhere to this restriction could end you up in trouble with the law. Fines for failing to leash your dog are a hassle and take away money from your household budget.

It’s crucial to remember that your puppy is growing. Therefore, you’re probably going to purchase two or three collars over the next couple of years as they grow into maturity. Don’t forget to get an ID tag for your pup’s collar.

Select a collar and leash that’s functional and cost-effective. A nylon collar with a dual-buckle system is a fantastic product that allows quick release of the collar or harness. Choose a leash that’s easy to grip, even in wet weather. The last thing you need is the leash slipping through your hands as your dog races off to meet another dog on the other side of the park.

2. Crates and Beds

Crates are an essential item for any puppy. Pups experience separation anxiety when first removed from their mother. A dog-crate gives them a close, confined space that makes them feel more secure, especially when you’re not around.

Select a crate that’s specific for your breed or size of the dog and their life stage. Line the dog-crate with soft blankets and a few toys, (we’ll get to toy’s further on in this article.) Add a water bowl to ensure they stay hydrated.

While your puppy breaks in their new crate, keep them close by so you can monitor their behavior for any signs of stress.

3. Toys

Plushies, rawhide bones, balls, and treat dispensers. All of these toys are essential to keep your puppy entertained. Teething pups need something to chew on and something to chase. Select a rope toy to play tug of war with your dog and watch them thrash away as they try to pull the toy from your grasp.

4. Treats and Food

The quality of the food you feed your puppy matters. Feeding your pup commercial kibble made for adults is a bad idea. This feeding strategy can create digestive problems with your new pooch. Ask your vet for advice on what food suits your puppy’s nutritional needs.

Most top-quality dog food manufacturers make specially designed formulas for puppies to cover all of their needs as they grow. Look out for treats while you’re shopping for your puppy food. If you care about your dog, you’ll want to train them to obey your commands.

Treats provide positive reinforcement to your training. Reward their behavior when your pup gets something right or learns a new trick.

5. Bowls

When puppies come home for the first time, they have terrible eating behavior. Many puppies come from litters where they compete with their brothers and sisters for food. This situation results in greedy eating behavior that’s challenging to overcome for owners.

Feeding your pup with a puzzle bowl slows their eating. Your puppy tries to navigate the obstacles in their bowl to find the food. Slow-feeding bowls come in plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel – select the model that suits your dog’s needs.

Remember to purchase two or more water bowls for your pup. Keep one for their crate and another for the kitchen. As your puppy grows up, you might want to add another bowl for the yard.

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