How To Prepare For Your New Dog
The day you bring home your new canine, whether its a puppy or an older dog is an exciting time. However, in order to make your new family member feel welcome and ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible it's important to prepare your home beforehand.
Dog proof your home
Just like for children, certain things may be hazardous to your new pet, so make sure things such as any breakables are kept high up or away. Any loose cables your dog could trip on should be neatly tucked away. To protect your dogs health any household chemicals should be kept in cupboards or out of their reach. Should you be away from home during the day or have a specific training programme in mind, dog crates could be set up in advance.
Essential dog accessories
Your new dog will need somewhere to sleep, so buying a dog bed is going to be high up on your shopping list. Dog food and bowls will also be needed, you can either buy two separate bowls, one being for water and the other food, or one bowl with two compartments.
As your new family member will need plenty of daily exercise, items such as collars with name tags, leads or a dog harness will be essential. Many new pet owners find it handy to purchase a dog walking kit
too, which includes a bag filled with dog poo bags. The bags are particularly handy as you can also carry items such as a ball and torch for evening walks.
Don't forget your dog is going to be lots of fun too, so items such as dog toys will make them feel right at home and will be a great bonding experience too. Playing fetch with your dog or simply letting them play with their new favourite toy will ensure a happy pooch.
It is important to ensure you take care of your dogs health
too, so finding a local vet and pet insurance is a good idea. Grooming tools and accessories such as brushes, shampoos and dental health items will help keep your dog happy and healthy and put bad odours at bay.
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