Buying a new puppy is an exciting time, and there are all sorts of things that you could be getting your new dog. Before you bring your pup home, there are a few essentials to buy your dog so that you know they’re coming home to a loving household that’s perfectly set up for them. These may vary depending on the breed and age of your dog, but these are 5 things you need to buy for your new dog.
1. Dog Brush
Keeping your dog’s fur coat shiny and smooth with a grooming session can be a great bonding experience for you and your pup. Buying a high-quality dog brush that is suitable for your dog’s hair length, can help to untangle that matted hair, and encourage better blood circulation. Starting on the grooming with your dog brush from an early age can help your new dog get used to this and ensure that the process is enjoyable for all involved.
2. Collar & Lead
Two more essentials to have before you bring your pup home are a dog collar and a lead. Make sure that you get a soft adjustable collar so that you can regularly adjust this as your puppy grows up. If you are adopting a fully grown dog, you’ll need a full-sized collar that gives them plenty of breathing room. The general rule is that you should be able to fit two fingers under your collar, making sure that they can’t easily slip out of it, but it isn’t too tight for them either.
Buying a lead is another must-have, as although you might not be able to take your puppy out for a little while, once they’re safe to go on walks you’ll need a suitable lead.
3. Dog Bed
When you bring your puppy home, they may be a bit timid and anxious for the first couple of weeks. It’s really important to give them a safe and comfortable space to sleep and rest in your home. Investing in luxury dog beds is a perfect way to welcome your pup home, making sure they get lots of comfortable sleeping time as they develop.
Getting some durable bowls to hold your puppy’s food and water is another essential part of your preparation. If you’re adopting a little golden retriever that you know is going to grow into a much bigger dog over the next year, think about buying some bigger bowls to match this. Likewise, if you’re adopting a smaller breed, you won’t need to worry about getting large stainless steel bowls for their food.
Last but certainly not least is buying dog food that’s suitable for your dog’s breed and age. Do some research on the typical types of dog food that are available for your needs and experiment with getting a few different brands. This way you can find the food that your dog loves the most, or you might also just want to keep providing them with some variety! There are certain human foods that are suitable for your dog, but always double-check before feeding them something new.
We hope that your new dog is welcomed into your house with ease, and these 5 essentials are certainly going to make those first couple of days easier. Of course, there are all sorts of other things that you could be buying your dog, but this will be up to you and the type of lifestyle that you’re wanting for your pup. All the best with the newest addition to the family!