Is it your first time having a dog, but you want to make sure that you get everything right? Are you concerned that your lack of experience in terms of owning a canine will come in the way of your dog’s well-being? If that is the case, then you are at just the right place. This list will address your concerns regarding the accessories you are going to need for your beloved pet.
Apart from the first-timers, many previous dog owners are also unaware of many things that can ease their problems concerning taking care of their dog. It is time to equip yourself with all the necessary items for your new fur kid. Here, we have compiled a list of all the things – besides food – that you will need to buy for your canine.
Yes, we know you fancy your dog’s coat very much, but If you live in a place where the weather is inappropriate for the breed you have, then an attire is a must-have. You will have to take the seasonal weather into account and if it is cold, consider getting your dog something to wear. You can always opt for a dog sweater or a dog jacket, and there are plenty of design options in the market to pick from. You can even order a personalized sweater to show your love for your little kid. Anyhow, the goal is to protect your dog from the cold weather because otherwise, your pet might get seriously ill.
Not only the cold weather is a problem, but a hot environment can also be problematic. In such a scenario, you can get a fabulous coat for your dog. Cool coats are unique coaling coats that retain moisture and mitigate the effect of hot weather.
Attire also keeps the dog’s fur clean, so it another plus point to get some clothing for your pet.
It might not sound very “animal-loving” like, but you may seriously have to restrict your dog from going to some places. Installing dog gates in your home before getting a dog is always a wise thing to do. This will restrict your pet from going upstairs or downstairs or from the rooms you don’t want your dog getting into.
There are a few things that you will need to consider while installing a dog gate. For starters, make sure that the bars are close enough that your pet will not be able to slide between them. Puppies of small breeds can sometimes scoot underneath the gate, so you will have to keep this in mind too. There are a few types of gates: pressure mounted, screwed into the wall, or free-standing gates. Pick the design and type that is best suited for you and your home.
Your new addition to the family is obviously going to require a bed. Puppies must be provided with a comfortable bed. And if you are buying a bed for a puppy, make sure you buy a bed large enough for your puppy to grow into and stretch out in.
There is a wide variety of bedding types available in the market. Some consist of thin pads, and others are made up of soft padded pillows. There are also a number of styles of dog bedding like nest dog beds, donut dog beds, and covered dog beds. Dogs have their own idea of comfort, and you might have to experiment a bit to find the type of bedding your dog likes the most. Another important thing is that make sure the bedding you are getting is washable or at least have a removable cover that can be washed.
A collar is from the fundamentals of owning a dog. It’s a necessity, so do not compromise on this one. You at least need one collar for your dog. You can start with some basic type of collar. The most common one is known as a “flat collar.” This is safe for everyday wear, as it is made of nylon, leather, or some fabric.
A collar is also a means of identification. Usually, your pet’s name is engraved on the collar, and sometimes license tags are attached too. One thing you need to be careful about with a collar is its fit. Make sure it is not too tight on the dog’s neck neither too loose. Being able to insert two fingers between the collar and neck is a common standard for a perfect fit. There is also an alternative option for a collar: A harness. The choice is always yours.
Many dog owners might not encourage the thought of getting a crate for their pup at first, but when it comes to utility, a crate is a great idea; and a to a point, necessity too. A crate is not all about confinement. It’s more of a cozy den for your puppies. Pups like to have their own private place too. At the same time, it serves a great deal in keeping the puppies safe when the owner is away. It’s no different than putting a baby in a cot.
Again, crates come in a number of types. You have to choose according to your needs from wooden, wire or plastic crates. But one thing that must be kept in perspective while making the choice of a crate is its size. A few towels or cushions in the crate are always appreciated.
6- Exercise Pen
An exercise pen is somewhat similar to a crate. Just like a crate, they serve the purpose of confining your dog. But, unlike a crate, they provide your dog with plenty of room to move around. It is simply a dog’s version of a child’s playpen. The selling feature of exercise pens is that they come in panels that can be connected with each other to make the pen. This means they can be resized and adjusted to the place anytime and anywhere. Exercise pens are also easy to assemble and can be set by anyone. After you are done with them, you can fold them back for storage.
Just like gates and crates, exercise pens too come in various sizes and designs, and once again, the choice is up to you and your dog.
7- Food and water bowls
You are going to need two separate bowls for your pet. One for water, and the other for food. And that is all the cutlery your new kid will be happy with. With the choice of the food and water bowls, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, if your dog has a chewing habit, a plastic bowl will not do. Ceramic bowls are also available in the market, but these are breakable. Usually, stainless steel bowls are preferred as they are more durable and easier to clean.
Keeping the bowls clean is necessary for the dog’s health as bowls can harbor algae and bacteria if not cleaned properly. If you have a tall dog, mind raising the bowls from the ground to ease his access to them.
8- Grooming Supplies
The requirement of the grooming supplies is breed-dependent. This is where you will have to put some work in searching for the kind of grooming your breed requires and what equipment is available for that in the market. Grooming is also influenced by the purpose you have the dog for. For example, if you are preparing for a dog ring show, you are going to need a set of grooming supplies completely different from the situation where you want to make your dog ready to go camping with you. You can seek guidance from the breeder in this regard, and there are professional groomers too. Their tips can come in handy in specific.
Generally, these grooming supplies can include brushes and combs, scissors, coat clippers and nail trimmers, etc.
Identification is simply a way of saying, “this lovely dog belongs to me,” and it means a lot for the dog owners. Identification is a necessary step of ownership. Normally, the identification includes the numbered tag, which you receive from the local municipality on registering your dog. This tag is attached to the dog’s collar and is its unique identity. This tag is essential in registering for dog shows. For routine days, there is another more important part of identification: A personalized tag.
A personalized tag has your dog’s name on it. Your name and your address are also written on the tag. You can also get all sorts of cute names written on the tag. Just make sure that your dog wears it all the time. These tags are extremely helpful in cases when your dog gets lost, as it helps other identify your dog and return it to you. Another advanced form of identification is a microchip, which is inserted under your dog’s skin and can be traced.
A leash is like a controller for your dog during a walk. It is always advised to leash your dog whenever you take it on a walk because dogs have an ingrained habit of running after things that interest them. If you don’t want your dog to run away and get lost, use a leash. Generally, a good leash is 4 to 6 feet long. The leash should be light so it does not burden you or your dog, yet it must be strong enough to serve its purpose. A leash can be made from a variety of materials like leather, cotton, or nylon, and just like all other accessories, the choice is again up to you.
Like all other kids, puppies deserve toys too. Dogs are playful creatures, and toys are necessary to keep them in a great mood. Getting them toys is for your own benefit too, because if you don’t give them toys, they are going to end up chewing other things at home anyway.
When making a selection of toys for your dog, try to think as he does. For your dog, a toy is something chewable and sometimes even edible. So, you have to keep this in mind while selecting the right toy. Dogs often like durable rubber toys—for example, the toys made by Nyla bone. The toys which have hollow pockets inside them are pretty popular. These hollow pockets can be filled with tricks, and your dog will love finding them.
12- Dog shampoo
The frequency of baths depends specifically on the breed of the dog. There are high maintenance dogs who need baths more frequently. Usually, canines only need to be bathed every few months. Given that your dog has been swimming or has rolled in some dirt, he will be in want of an urgent bath.
You cannot give a bath without a shampoo, can you? There are numerous dog shampoo products available, and usually, natural shampoos are recommended by vets. The shampoo also keeps the dog’s coat smooth and makes it look even more fluffy. Besides shampoo, conditioners are also available, but that is not mandatory.
13- Dog Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Oral hygiene is also a compulsory thing for your furry kid. Gum disease is far too common in dogs than you expect. A sticky white film will form on their teeth – if not brushed – which contains bacteria. This can lead to all sorts of health problems. So, it is really important to brush your puppy’s teeth.
There are special canine kinds of toothpaste for dogs that are a little different from human types of toothpaste. They do not use foam as much as ours do. Plus, they are in tasty flavors, so dogs enjoy their brushing sessions too.