If you’re about welcome a new four-legged member into your family, then first things first: congratulations!
Owning a dog can be extremely exciting and rewarding, but it’s also hard work and can be stressful at times.
To make things that little bit easier, we’ve taken a look at five of the basic must-haves which will make your down-owning life that little bit easier!
While the idea of putting your new dog in a crate might seem a bit scary, it’s really not that bad for them, and will make your life a whole lot easier.
They’re especially useful for younger dogs who still need to be potty trained, and are ideal if you need to do something which means you won’t be able to keep an eye on them.
Your dog is much safer tucked away with their favourite toys and chews than they would be roaming the house unsupervised, especially if they’re not potty trained!
Crates can also be put in the back of your car, making it easier for you to take your new friend with you wherever you go.
If you are worried about using a crate, see what the RSPCA have to say on the matter here.
What use is a crate without a bed! Dogs need somewhere to crash out as well, so make sure to invest in a comfy bed for them to relax in.
Whether it’s for midday naps, or during the night, dogs spend a surprising amount of time on their beds, as long as 14 hours according to this post from Petful.
We spoke to Avondale Pet Luxury who said: “Dog beds don’t just keep your pet nice and comfy while they sleep, but they also make them feel a lot safer and more secure.
“Why not go the extra mile and invest in a memory foam dog bed to give them that extra bit of comfort, especially if they’re nearing old age?”
Dogs get through A LOT of food, especially when they’re growing up. This means that they need a distinct food bowl which they get used to eating from.
Sometimes the cheaper plastic bowls can easily be knocked over if your dog mistakes them for a toy, so perhaps go for a slightly sturdier ceramic one which will also be easier to clean.
(And make sure that you do clean it regularly!)
Speaking of food, it’s important to know exactly what sort of food you should be feeding your dog.
For example, if they’re a very young puppy, they’ll have very special dietary requirements as they require certain proteins, vitamins, and minerals to grow properly.
If you’re at all unsure what sort of food is best for your dog, be sure to ask your vet.
Leads are very important for when you’re out and about and are essentially the lifeline between you and your dog.
They’re also crucial when it comes to potty training so that you can steer them away from any distractions!
More generally, a lead is a good way to instil discipline in and help to form a bond between yourself and your new pooch.