If you have never had a dog, welcoming a puppy or an adult dog into your home can feel a little daunting. A quick trip to the pet store reveals an endless array of food, toys and bedding – it’s hard to know where to start.
Dogs are like babies – you can buy a vast quantity of items for their care but stripped back, there are only certain essentials you’ll need. Make the most of your budget and shop wisely.
Key Requirements for Your New Dog
The most important thing for your new family member is a safe environment. The home and garden need to be secure, particularly the outdoor space.
Check that garden fencing and gates are solid without any gaps and high enough for a large dog who could jump over.
Your dog will need a collar and an identity tag. Having a microchip may be a legal requirement in some places, and it’s certainly advisable. If they ever become lost or even stolen, microchipping increases the chances of having them reunited with you.
If your dog is going to be a service animal, there are additional requirements like an identification vest and a lanyard for you.
You may already have a pet assisting you in your daily lifestyle. Depending on your specific needs, you can look up how to make my dog a service dog online.
What is the Best Type of Dog Bed?
Your dog needs to know that he can rest and sleep peacefully, undisturbed by children and other family members.
There is an almost endless choice of canine beds on the market. The best one for your pup will depend upon the breed, the age of the animal, and where the bed will go.
Choose a design that is big enough for your pup to stretch out and curl up without feeling cramped. The fabric should be washable.
You may want the bed to be large enough to add extra blankets or fleeces for warmth and support. Bear in mind that floor level can be draughty, so some dogs may benefit from a bed with sides or an igloo-style.
Choosing a Dog Lead
The best lead type will depend on your dog’s behaviour and where you walk, whether in the city or a park.
Collar leads offer more control — choose either a fixed length or an extendable one that allows more freedom.
Dogs that pull are often better on a harness that protects their neck as the lead is attached to the top of the harness. If you have a service dog, they may have to wear a vest for identification purposes.
Some people use a collar lead and harness lead for the best of both worlds. Always have a set of spare leads, and take a spare with you whenever you walk your dog.
Welcoming a new dog into your home is a truly exciting and memorable time. You don‘t need to break the bank when it comes to spending. Just remember, your dog’s essential needs are routine and love, which are free.
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