Supplies for Your New Puppy
Puppy Supplies Shopping
Are you planning on adopting a dog or puppy? If you are bringing home a dog theirs a long list of items you will need to purchase for the arrival of your new four-legged family member. You will not just have a hefty bill because there is also lots of responsibility and effort that goes into the care of your dog.
Beginning with the essential items you will need upon the arrival of your puppy. The first four items will be food, food and water bowls, training pee pads, and lastly a dog bed. Dog food can range from $10 to $50 depending on which size bag and brand you choose. Some well-known brands of food are Royal Canin, Purina and Iams. Next, you will need a pair of food and water bowls. Choosing a style is not very difficult but I do recommend you purchase bowls which come with a holder. Having a holder prevents your dog from spilling the contents inside the bowl. Another extremely important product you will need is pee pads. Unless you want dog pee around your house you will need to train your dog to use the pee pad. These training pads come in bulk packs of 10 to 150 depending on what amount you would like. Packs of smaller quantity cost around $10 while packs of larger quantity cost around $25. Next, you will immediately need to purchase a dog bed. Your dog's bed can affect the spine of your dog which is why you want to purchase something comfortable with a decent structure. Beds can cost anywhere between $20 and $100 once again depending on the quality and brand. You definitely want to base your purchase off of th quality and comfort of the bed.
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Moving on to dog hygiene supplies. To keep your little animal clean you will need dog shampoo, conditioner, a grooming brush, a dog toothbrush, paste, and some optional dog perfume. When choosing a shampoo and conditioner for your dog you must be sure that you do not get a 2 in 1 product. You will need a separate conditioner to brush out tangles. Another thing to stay away from is baby shampoo. Many dog owners use baby products on their dogs thinking that if it is safe for babies it is safe for dogs but they are wrong! You must use dog-friendly products. Shampoo and conditioner are not expensive with an average price of around $5 to $15. The next product is vital to the fur coat of your dog, a proper grooming brush will be needed to brush your dog weekly. If you do not take proper care of your dog's fur coat then there hair can get matted and will need to be shaved! Next, for your dog's oral care you will need to purchase a dog toothbrush and toothpaste.The company NylaBone offers amazing oral products for dogs including teething toys and toothbrushes. An alternative option is to give your dog dental dog treats which also clean dogs teeth. One well-known brand is greenies dental dog treats and their prices start at $0.89 per treat unless you buy a bag which works out to a better price. Lastly, for an extra $10 you might want to invest in a dog perfume or cologne as they smell delightful. I recommend the papaya mist scent from the company TropiClean because it makes my dog smell amazing. I have not come across any problems or reactions with the perfume on my dogs fur which is why it is a brand I trust. Whenever your dog has a slight odour but is not able to be bathed you can spray a little scent and your good to go!
Now let's talk about the accessories that are just as important as beds and brushes. Next, you will need a leash, collar or harness, toys, blankets, a carrier, and a crate. When it comes to choosing a leash you want to evaluate which type based on the size of your dog. If you have a dog that is under 15 pounds then you should purchase a retractable dog leash whereas with a larger or more aggressive dog you may want to go with a rope leash to have better control over your dog. The difference between a retractable leash and a rope is that retractable are extendable and more expensive while rope leashes are one length and cheaper then retractable. When looking for collars and harnesses you will once again need to look at the size of your dog. Harnesses are always the more safe option as you can choke smaller dogs with collars. Basically, if your dog is thicker or larger then you should get a collar. Collars can always be worn around the house by dogs but attaching leashes to small dogs collars can be dangerous. Let’s talk toys, they are an extreme factor in your dog's happiness and personality. If you have a puppy then the first toys you will need will be teething toys. Teething toys are rubber and will prevent your dog from nipping at you and your personal belongings during the period of time they will be growing teeth. Next, you will need some balls, my puppy loves balls that jingle as well as bouncy fetch balls. Then you will need some intriguing noise-making toys like squeaker and foil noise toys which are great for your dog to be amused by. You will also want to have some tug toys to get involved and compete in a tug of war competition with your dog. Do not forget to purchase some treats to reward your dog for good behaviour or doing a trick. Honestly any natural and non-preservative treats are great, you really just have to experiment and see which treats your dog prefers the most. If you don’t have any treats or your dog doesn’t appeal towards them then you can simply feed your dog human foods like fruits, vegetables and even peanut butter but you should definitely research to make sure the foods are dog safe (unlike chocolate and grapes which can kill your dog). Another item which is essential to my dog is a blanket. My dog is obsessed with cuddling in her soft baby blanket. She occasionally “meditates” by cuddling up in her blanket and chewing on it in a relaxed attitude. Having a blanket ensures your dog has the best comfort. Finally, if you have a small puppy you will need a dog carrier for trips to the vet or groomers. Dog carriers are great for if you live in a cold climate, your dog can stay warm inside the carrier during trips outdoors. My miniature puppies paws can burn in the snow which is why she has a carrier for her safety. Carriers can get expensive costing you anywhere between $70 and $150. The last expense will be a dog crate. Now you can use a crate or a gate to keep your dog in when unsupervised. My dog has a large gate that contains her in the kitchen. When your not home it can be dangerous for dogs to roam big houses alone. They can get lost, tamper with things, and even pee around your house. You will also need the crate to discipline your dog when they do something bad. Please be sure you give your dog enough free range space to run around when unsupervised.
Finally, I’m going to talk about the fun stuff! These are items that you do not necessarily need on your shopping list but there a great addition to your dog supplies. One fun thing to dress your dog in is clothes. You can purchase dog clothes at your local pet store or online. Not only are the clothes adorable but also helps your dog contain body heat. Something to go along with your dog's outfit is hair accessories which you can also find at most pet shops. On my dog I like to save money and put old baby hair bows in her fur. I am going to warn you that dog attire is usually pricey. Lastly, I like to keep a small going out bag for my puppy. I take this small bag to her doggy play dates or during other outings. Inside is a spare food and water bowl, a small container of food, treats, toys, and a pee pad.
Those are all the items you will need to purchase for your new addition. You may think that caring for a dog is an easy task of simply feeding, playing, and walking but it is much more than what meets the eye. Treat your dog well and make sure you put full responsibility into the best care possible for your dog. In conclusion, you have a long list of supplies to shop for in order to keep your dog happy. I hope you and your dog both live a long happy filled life. Thanks for reading this article and consider sharing it with other new dog owners you know!