7 Essential Items Every Puppy Should Have

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Dogs keep us company, protect us and make us healthier and happier. That’s why we go to any length to show our love for them. That includes buying all sorts of items that we think they deserve. From boots and jewelry to expensive toys and comfy beds, we spare nothing to keep our dogs happy and comfortable.

If you’re planning to adopt a new puppy, it’s important that you prepare yourself fully for his homecoming. This includes puppy proofing your home and buying all the items that will make his stay as comfortable as possible. The good news is that, you can find these products in just about any pet store in your local area or online shops you visit. And they come in all shapes, sizes, designs and colors too. Let’s look at some of the essential products that your puppy will need when he comes home:

Leash And Collar

These two items are very important in your pup’s life. A collar helps to hold his identification tag (which has your phone number and name) and dog license. The collar is attached to the leash, and comes in very handy during walks and obedience training because it gives you control over your dog. Ensure that the collar you buy fits comfortably on your pet’s neck i.e. it shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. On the other hand, the leash needs to be well made and strong. If possible, buy one that has a loop to make it easy to grip.

Grooming Supplies

Your pup needs a regular grooming routine to keep him clean and presentable. This includes combing his hair, bathing him, brushing his teeth, cleaning his ears and trimming his toenails.
You should have these items ready before your new pet arrives home – nail clippers, comb, scissors, cotton balls, blow dryer, grooming table, towels, styptic powder, dog toothbrush and paste, ear cleaning solution, bristle brush, shampoo and conditioner as well as conditioning spray.
If possible, keep these items in a place where you can access them easily whenever you need to use them.
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Crates

Crates come in handy when you want to housetrain your young dog or keep him confined for a while. They come in a wide variety of materials from fiberglass to stainless steel to plastic. Make sure the crate you buy has enough room for your pet to comfortably turn around, stand up, stretch and lie down.

Dog Beds

I’m sure you don’t want your puppy to sleep on the cold floor at night. So, make sure you get him a nice bed (of the right size) where he can feel comfortable and secure as he sleeps at night.

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Water And Food Bowls

Your four-legged friend also needs food and water bowls where he’ll be eating food and drinking water. They come in different shapes and sizes and can be made of stainless steel, glass, plastic and ceramic.

Toys

Both young and adult dogs love to play with their toys. That’s why you’ll see yours excited every time you buy him a new toy. The good news is that you can find just about any type of dog toy you’re looking for in pet stores. From treat-dispensing toys and chew toys, to fetching toys and stuffed toys, the list is endless. Just make sure that whatever toy you buy is appropriately sized for your puppy, and is strong and durable.

Identification

When your puppy gets lost and needs to be reunited with you, he needs some form of identification. Dog identification comes in two types – microchips and identification tags. An ID tag usually hangs from a dog’s collar and contains the name and phone number of the owner. You can also talk to your vet to put a microchip on your dog. The chip has a code which when scanned reveals your name and phone number. It’s very important that you keep the info on your dog’s ID tag and microchip up to date.
These are some of the most important items your dog will need to feel comfortable and safe. It’s very important that you buy them before he arrives home and sets them up in their rightful places. Why? Because you’ll be so happy playing with him, you wouldn’t want to be asked to go buy a forgotten food bowl or bed for your pet. So, take time to prepare yourself and family well beforehand for your new arrival.