From food bowls to crates, check out the 11 essentials for keeping your dog safe, healthy and happy.
The saying goes that “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” So if you’ve adopted a new dog, congratulations! You are about to embark on a great friendship. Dog is family, as dog parents we should offer some dog essentials to make sure they are happy and comfortable, safe and healthy. Take a look at the following items. It’s not an exhaustive list and you certainly don’t need everything but we think you and your new dog will be a lot happier with these few things.
Having descended from wild wolves, dogs have a natural desire to sleep in a den. Crate is an ideal “den” for your dog. It gives dogs a sense of security, so they can feel calm and comfortable in their own pad. When selecting a crate, remember, bigger is not better. Choose the option that suits their size and breed.
Your dog is a part of the family, so he deserves healthy, delicious food. A responsible dog owner will know well about the best food your dog needs (wet food, dry food or a combo!) If you go with dry, make sure the #1 ingredient is meat(beef, chicken, etc.) not rice or other grains.
Whether you need to train your dog or you just want to add a little excitement to your dog’s day, treats certainly is a must have. Like we love chocolate or sweets, while they don’t have so much nutritional value as regular dog food, but they taste nice. Treats can often be a very fun and effective tool for dog training. For instance, if you train your dog to pee or poop in one spot and he does it, you give him a treat. You're rewarding his good behavior.
A pet owner's worst fear is losing a beloved companion. Actually this can happen to anyone, because, even with proper fencing, there's no guarantee your pet won't get out. So it's important that dogs wear collars at all times and all dogs should wear an identification tag on their collar in case they get lost.
When you take your dog out for a walk, don’t forget put your dog on a durable leash. Leashes can prevent your dog from chasing animals, people, or cars. It’s important for both your dog’s and your own safety. Many experts agree that six feet is the optimal length for training and walking. It’s long enough to allow space, but short enough for owners and handlers to retain control.
You need to have these when you can head out to the park but it’s good to have a stash at home for cleaning your backyard and for any accidents (there will be many) on your toilet-training journey.
Dog grooming supplies are necessary in order to keep up with your dog's grooming needs. Physical maintenance, like care of coat and nails, is one of your dog's basic needs. When choosing general supplies for your dog, do not forget the grooming equipment.