No doubt about it, bringing home an addition to the family is indeed an exciting occasion. When your family makes the decision to adopt a puppy or dog, there’s the added enjoyment of welcoming a companion capable of showing love for everybody who visits. Before you commit to expanding your dog food advisor, though, it’s important to be prepared. Just as a couple prepares a nursery for a new baby, so you should have the necessary items to make your dog more comfortable in his new environment.
Let’s take a look at the necessities for a new pet – which basic supplies are best to integrate your dog and the family into this changed living situation.
Dog Beds: Especially if you have an indoor dog, your new friend will need a place to sleep. Wherever you decide will be the dogs sleeping quarters, it’s necessary to invest in a comfortable dog bed. Dog beds may run anywhere from ten dollars or more depending on the material – fancier pets beds are constructed of “memory foam,” while others may simply be stuffed like pillows. Depending on the age and health of your dog, you might wish to consult with the former owner, breeder, or a vet to determine what kind to buy.
Dog Food: A dog’s gotta eat! When you know for certain you’re bringing home a pup or older pet, consult with the breeder or a vet for the best dog food to have on hand when it’s feeding time. No two dogs are the same, and if you’re adopting from a shelter there may be specific dietary needs to watch, so be educated.
Stain Removers and Deodorizers: It’s a fact, if you have a dog, eventually you’ll have to deal with accidents and odors. Training puppies to become housebroken, and dealing with a pet that likes to run and roll in the yard can test your patience, and your sense of smell. If you anticipate such missed calls of nature, be sure to stock on quality, pet-safe urine stain removers for your carpet and furniture.
Dog Leashes and Collars: When you’re ready to walk with your dog around the neighborhood or a nearby dog park, you’ll need a collar for identification and most likely a leash or harness to make sure your friend doesn’t wander off into trouble. Pet stores will have a variety of dog leashes, from retractable styles to strong leads, for you to consider.
Also consider additional supplies for travel, like a crate, and grooming tools to keep your dog’s coat clean and shiny. When you’re prepared to bring your dog home, the transition for him will be so much easier.