One thing about dogs is that they can take off if they’re not harnessed to a person. There’s no need to fight it — it’s simply an extra precaution you should take when walking your new friend, especially if he doesn’t show any signs of pulling. A Good Collar This is something you should make sure your dog wears at all times, which is why you should get the proper equipment. A quality collar that offers a three-point harness is something you should have, and you can get them in every kind of size you might need. I prefer to go with orange color since it matches my own and also helps keep him from slipping out of it while we’re walking. You can also opt for a shock-absorbing harness that will keep him from straying too far from you.
An ID Tag
You can’t leave your dog out for any period of time without one, especially if you’re working, out and about, or just traveling for an extended period of time. I have mine in my bag at all times, and even carry it on planes with me when traveling with my pups. The tags are relatively inexpensive, but a quality ID tag is worth its weight in gold! Socks This is a no-brainer. You’re going to have a dog! When in the apartment, we keep doggy’s socks on hand, both inside and out. They’re super soft and cozy for her feet and protect from the elements. (Check out these awesome dog socks!) Poop Bags When you’re out and about, you’re going to need to make several stops. You’ll need to check your dog’s poop frequently and to put said poop in bags, so you can dispose of them.
A Dog Bed
As the first thing you put in your new dog’s new home, the dog bed is often the first thing the dog gets used to. And, no matter the type, they will spend most of their day sleeping on it — since getting up and running about is the last thing on their to-do list. Most importantly, you have to buy it in a durable material that doesn’t lose its shape or soften over time. Choose the right material, like memory foam, which can absorb the shock of the pup jumping on it every 20 minutes, and you’ll get years of service out of it. If you aren’t sure what material you should buy, or what the best shape is, contact a trusted breeder or pet store to guide you. A Toys & Treats (Treat Kits) Just as important as a dog bed iaretoys and treats.
When choosing a new dog toy for your pooch, you want to choose one with the right mix of size and activity level. For instance, large breeds should get something that’s at least medium-size, such as a Kong®, while a toy for your smaller dog may be a Chewit®, which can be used for tugging games. Whatever you pick, you want something fun for your dog to play with. Food Like most mammals, dogs llovesto eat. If you don’t feed your dog properly, they’ll start to look for other sources of food, and what better way to get them to give up their treats than by having treats to give them?! Choose a food that your dog is a fan of, and don’t let them eat too much of it. Supplements and Supplements As your dog gets older, she’ll start to feel the pressure of the canines.
Regularly cleaning your dog’s ears is key to keeping them from drying out, and also the best way to avoid discomfort, infection, and environmental allergies. But once the pup is older and more aware of his surroundings, he may become obsessed with certain behaviors—such as constantly washing his ears—making it impossible to scrub them frequently enough. Try the Wet n Wild kit, which has a washable ear wipe and moistening drops that remove ear wax, while also moisturizing and conditioning their ears. Oral Care Treats, like chicken treats or steak, are absolutely mandatory to keep your dog healthy and happy. But once your dog reaches adolescence and starts breaking away from you in the park, what to do with all the extra trash?
Food and Water Dishes
Dogs are carnivores. That means they need a fair amount of meat-based meals to keep them healthy, but they also need plenty of water to keep them hydrated. My dog needs a meal and a full bowl of water in his crate. He’ll drink about two cups of water in the course of a single outing, and this is for a dog who can easily drink an entire six-pack of his kibble in one sitting. I can count on the fact that my pup will drink at least five times as much water as he did before adopting me. My dog eats canned dog food, and I love the super-durable brands from Nature’s Variety or Dr. Brown’s because they can go in the dishwasher, are easy to open, and are guaranteed to taste like something.
A Pet First-Aid Kit
Before you bring home a new pooch, make sure you have a first-aid kit ready for your pup’s needs. You’ll want to have everything needed to give your dog a pain reliever and help them heal up after an injury, like an open wound, bite, etc. Here are some of my favorites: Bring Fido Home Thinner to Prevent Skin Pulling Dogs get skin problems all the time, and you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to identify the cause. This fun hack by Lifehacker is great for dogs of all sizes to help prevent them from scratching and damaging their skin and fur. The Pack-and-Go Wet/Dry Mat You’re a busy person with many different places to go, so you might not always have the time to get your pup’s pet carrier cleaned. Enter the Pack-and-Go Pet Carrier.
Owning a dog is a wonderful experience, so take the time to look after your furry friend by investing in a few key items that will make a big difference in the quality of your dog’s life. If you’re new to the canine world, now’s a great time to explore. If you’ve had a dog before, I’d love to hear about your experiences, so I can learn even more about what to look for in the future. Which of these dog accessories do you think are the best? Is there something you think I’ve missed? Leave a comment below and let us know.