Are you thinking about buying a puppy, or perhaps rescuing a dog?
If so, are you prepared for that extra special day when you bring your new fur friend home?
To help ensure your dog gets off to a great start in their new home we have compiled a list of all the essential supplies needed.
A leash is essential for walkies; they ensure you can keep your dog safely under control so as not to cause harm to themselves or others.
Collars come in all sorts of colours and designs. Not only do they look great, they also allow you to hang your dogs name tag safely and securely.
It is a legal requirement in certain countries, such as the UK to display your dogs name and address
Crates come in all shapes and sizes. You can get small travel crates which can be used when transporting your dog, such as trips to the vets. Large pen style crates are also available which can be used to create a safe secluded environment for your dog.
Your dog will need somewhere warm and comfortable to snooze away the days. A nice cozy bed will definitely be appreciated.
Food & water bowls
While food needs to be regulated to avoid weight issues, fresh water must always be available for your dog.
Dog food & (the occasional) treats
Try and feed your dog a good quality food, vets can usually recommend a good brand for your breed. Be wary of suddenly changing your dog's food or diet as this can cause issues.
Treats are a great way to help train and reward your dog but you need to be careful not to overfeed.
As a minimum, you would want a brush in order to keep your dogs coat tidy. We would also recommend buying some dog shampoo and dedicating a towel to use just for your dog.
Dogs, especially puppies love to play. If you want to keep your dog occupied and avoid potential issues such as chewing furniture, provide your pooch with lots of toys.
Dogs are messy, you will need to make sure you keep on top of the cleaning both in your house and while on walks. There's no getting away from picking up poo, so buy some thick, sturdy poo bags.
Can you afford not to have health insurance?
With the average vet bill costing on average a whopping £300 can you afford not to have pet insurance?
Hopefully this list has prepared you for your new puppy or dog's arrival and you can both enjoy a happy time together.
Author: This post was written by Lewis, the owner of Toffee (main photo) the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Together they run SpanielKing.com.
This story is a guest submission and does not reflect the views of Dogs Monthly Magazine, always consult a qualified expert.
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