Whether you are getting your very first dog, or you already own one or more dogs are are getting another one, you’ll need a few things for them. Some of these things are super obvious but some might be overlooked. When getting a new dog, here are a few things to make sure you get or have already for them.
The most basic and common things you’ll need for Fido, are a collar and a leash. You’ll also need to make sure you get an ID Tag (use code KAI20 when shopping for your ID Tag). Something to consider is how you plan to confine your dog, whether that be a crate, gate, or something else like a play pen. A dog bowl, or two rather would also be a good idea. One for food and the other for water unless you already have a large enough bowl for dogs to share. You’ll also need to get them some food. I love dog nutrition so I’m always posting about some of the best dog foods out there, whether you are wanting kibble, fresh food, or raw.
Grooming and getting the proper tools depends on the breed and the coat style. One of my go to brushes for my dogs and my fosters has always been this brush. It’s been the absolute best, although I haven’t used it on any poodle/doodle breeds so make sure to do your research there. Getting a good dog friendly shampoo is a good idea so you can bathe them when you bring them home, especially from a shelter. To save a bit of money you can invest in nail clippers to trim your own dogs nails, as long as you know how to do it.
Training Your New Dog
When it comes to training, you need to remember to train the dog in front of you. Not all dogs will learn things the same way. Some dogs are eager to please while others may be a bit more stubborn. If you knowingly get a dog that isn’t potty trained, make sure you have a bottle of stain and odor remover to clean up the messes. Some people even use puppy pads but I never used them so using them is your choice.
Depending on how much time you have, you may even want to invest in a getting a professional trainer to help you along the way with getting your pup to behave nicely at home and at dog friendly places. It’s always better to get the training done early and before any problems arise.
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Check out this post for more information on some amazing food to feed Fido. Seriously, it’s amazing!
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