Five essential pet supplies for your new pup
Shopping for pet supplies can be an overwhelming experience. Gone are the days when all a dog needed was a bone. Modern pet stores are lined with aisle after aisle of flashy options. Hidden within that vast selection are a handful of must-haves every new puppy owner needs. Here are five of them.
1. Adjustable collar and leash
In addition to being a legal requirement when in public spaces, a comfortable leash and collar is needed for walking, training, and identification. Since your new best friend will most likely grow older, it’s important to find an adjustable collar that attaches quickly and easily to a sturdy leash. When it comes to the material, most experts recommend nylon collars. They are generally lighter and less cumbersome than most other options. As for the leash, it is important to purchase a shorter one (between 4 and 6 feet) that will keep your pet close during obedience training.
2. Boxes, Cages or Pens
Because they help with house training and behavior problems, many trainers recommend purchasing some type of crate for a new puppy. Dogs have a natural den instinct that makes them feel more secure and comfortable in enclosed spaces. As such, a nice cage can be used to establish healthy sleep patterns early on. The choice of a cage, crate or pen comes down to the individual owner. Because they are often easier to move, many new owners prefer crates over crates or pens.
3. Food and water bowls
From plastic crocks to stainless steel dishes and glass bowls, there’s no shortage of food and water bowls at pet supply stores. Because you want your pup to get into the habit of eating from the same place, it’s always a good idea to keep food and water bowls in the same place in your home. While the choice of material is, again, at the owner’s discretion, it’s probably a bad idea to purchase plastic bowls for breeds that are known for chewing, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Jack Russell Terriers, etc. the beagle, the Siberian husky, or Shiba Inus.
4. Dog bed
Because puppies are used to sleeping in a warm environment with their mothers and siblings, a new owner will want to recreate this cozy environment. When placed inside a crate, a comfortable and comfortable dog bed can help recreate their natural habitat. Covered in wool or sheepskin, smaller beds and sheltered beds are designed to stay warm and cozy inside. From inexpensive pillows and cushions to expensive memory foam mattresses, there are plenty of attractive options at your local pet store.
Just like babies, puppies have unique dietary demands and nutritional needs. To help him grow healthy and strong, you must feed your furry friend a special diet for the first year. Unlike generic dog foods, these food products are often labeled “puppy formulated” or “growth and development.”
Shopping for pet supplies is easy if you know what to look for. These five must-haves should be purchased before you bring your new friend home.