Easy Essentials Shopping List for Your New Dog
Shopping for your new dog is one of the most fun activities to do for human parents! We can imagine how excited you are to meet your new dog finally or to finally show him these things you’ve bought. However, without the proper idea of what really to buy, you might get overwhelmed by the stuff in the pet shop. Don’t buy everything you see, use our guide to get only the essentials first.
If you are taking home a puppy, then it’s better that you find a dog food specifically intended and labeled “for puppies.” Keep this in mind because puppies need all the extra nutrients for growth and development. Choose this puppy food until your fur baby reaches 90% of his growth size. For adult dogs, choose food also specifically labeled for them.
Puppies need to eat three times a day for four months. Feeding charts in stores or commercial dog food may be useful for first-timers.
After choosing a food brand, then it’s time to find some feeding utensils for your new dog. To choose the best feeding bowl, make sure that you can assess if your dog will properly access the food and not too small (especially if you have a big dog). Non-slip bowls are also perfect so that it won’t be pushed away that easily as they eat.
Crate and Playpens
We also have an article on this website if you are wondering how to choose the right crate for your dog. Pet shops would usually offer plastic, metal, and wooden crates of different sizes. Get the proper length and height of your dog before buying one.
The best dog bed depends on your new dog’s height, weight, and sleeping habits. Some dogs like sleeping sprawled out while some like to sleep in a curled-up position. Pet shops usually have a wide range of dog beds of different designs and colors, so don’t worry that a dog bed would not match your house or room interior.
Hygiene and Grooming Supplies
Dog shampoo, conditioner, and even the basic grooming supplies should be on the top of the list. Don’t also forget the proper cleaning stuff to clean your dog’s toys, leash, and even his crate.
Anti-chew spray is designed for puppies who like to chew things to discourage them from forming such a habit. Don’t buy too small toys to prevent them from accidentally swallowing it. Buy only dog-proof toys without any parts that are prone to be ingested.
Collar and Leash
You are going to walk your dog a lot throughout the day as part of his exercise. You don’t want to run after him all the time and risk losing him every time he gets off the track and something catches his attention. A collar, on the other hand, is important for identification.
This is a must if you have a new puppy. Puppies are naturally aggressive and have playful behaviors. You will soon find them gnawing and breaking stuff and even ruining your favorite couch. Add this to your checklist to protect your couch from scratches and even dog hairs.
Shopping for the new member of the family may look like a simple task, but it is complicated and needs some research. From dog food to the best type of dog bed, you have to make sure that your new furry friend gets all the comfort he deserves.