When you are thinking of adopting or purchasing a new dog, there is always the question of what you need in order to take care of it. Having a new pet may be a breeze if you already own one or two, you’ll just have to take into consideration maybe 3 of these steps such as new leash, food bowls, or a new bed. However, if you are a new owner it can be a bit overwhelming. This checklist is sure to help you get everything to make your new pet the happiest and most comfortable they can be!
1.) Crate or Dog Bed: Dogs are very often referred to as pack leaders. They travel in groups and have a designated leader of their pack. They are extremely instinctual and need their own space for themselves. Having a crate or bed set up for them gives them the comfort and security they need to be reassured they are safe and secure, just like we enjoy our bedrooms.
2.) Crate: If you only have a dog bed and are looking into having a separate crate set up for your dog, for example when no one is home and you don’t want him roaming about, or a timeout, this can also be taken into consideration.
3.) Baby Gates: If you so choose.
3.) Leash: Make sure you have a long enough leash, if you need to train your dog to behave on walks (see past blog post “Talk The Talk, Walk The Walk”) you may look into acquiring a shorter one for training. Regardless, in the long run- you will need a bigger leash to let your dog feel more comfortable.
4.) Collar: Make sure you buy a collar that fits your dog correctly. Dogs are notorious for slipping out of their collars on walks or when being tied up in backyards.
5.) ID Tags: Regardless of having your dog be indoors or outdoors, even my cats like to try to slip out the door when I open it. You should always have identification on them to be prepared for anything to happen. They have invented microchips as well, you may google that and look into it if you are interested- a little background information on it- they surgically insert a chip about the size of a penny into your pet which has all of your information on it and can be read by animal control or other officials to easily identify your pet.
6.) Water and Food Dishes
7.) High Quality Food and Treats: When looking at food for your pets, you always want the highest quality. This will have the most amount of nutrients. It will definitely cost a little more- but you want your pet to get the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs, rather than some cheap, processed food.
8.) Waste bags: These are crucial for walks as well as cleaning up your backyard, if you so choose to let it roam there.
9.) Adjustment Period: If you have no previous animals, this will be easier rather than an animal coming into a home and having to be introduced to it’s new family. It shouldn’t take long for your dog to feel at home if you have all of the necessary equipment. They will need things of their own to feel as though they have some ground to hold. If you have previous animals ease them into being together, do not just throw them into the mix. They may not be welcome to having a new member at first.
10.) Potty Training: Keep an eye out for your dog going to the bathroom if they are not already trained. Make sure you respond quickly and efficiently so they learn they will have to go outside, or use a pad.
11.) Training: Be consistent, friendly, and happy when training your dog. Make sure you reward them every time they do something correctly (also see my previous blog post for “Top Ten Dog Training Tips”).
12.) Emergency Contacts: Be sure to have the Vet’s number readily available for any emergencies.
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