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 filled with aisle after aisle of eye-catching options. Hidden within that vast selection are a handful of must-have items every new puppy owner needs. Here are five of them.
1. Adjustable collar and leash
As well as 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 up, 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 buy 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 issues, many trainers recommend purchasing some type of crate for a new puppy. Dogs have a natural den instinct that makes them feel safer and more 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 playpen comes down to the individual owner. Because they are often easier to move around, many new owners prefer cages to cages or pens.
3. Food and water bowls
From plastic bowls to stainless steel dishes to glass bowls, there is 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 discretion of the owner, it’s probably a bad idea to buy plastic bowls for breeds that are known to chew, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Jack Russell Terriers, the beagle, the Siberian husky, or Shiba Inus.
4. Dog bed
Because puppies are used to sleeping in a warm environment, alongside their mothers and siblings, a new owner will want to recreate this cozy environment. When placed inside a cage, a comfortable and comfortable dog bed can help recreate their natural habitat. Covered in wool or sheepskin, the smaller beds and padded beds are designed to stay warm and cozy indoors. From cheap 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 it grow healthy and strong, you should feed your furry friend a special diet for the first year. Unlike generic dog foods, these food products are often labeled “formulated for puppies” or “growth and development.”
Shopping for pet supplies is easy if you know what to look for. These five must-have items should be purchased before you bring your new friend home.