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Essentials for Your New Dog

Some people prefer over sized pillows instead of dog beds with a frame.

Some people prefer over sized pillows instead of dog beds with a frame.

Adopting a dog is an exciting time. To make the transition to your home easy for you and your dog, make sure you have the following items on hand before you bring your new dog home.

Dog Bowls for Food and Water

Make sure the bowls you buy are the right size for your dog. Some bowls come with stands, so a large dog won’t have to crouch down to eat. This makes it easier on his back.

Dog Crates or Carriers

You will need a crate or carrier if you travel with your dog in a car.

Dog Collars and Leashes

Make sure the collar and leash you purchase are comfortable and secure. This means that you need to seriously consider high quality designer dog collars as you want your new friends to be secure. Make sure that the collar fits properly. We recommend adjustable dog collars, especially when you buy a young pet. The leashes should allow freedom but need to control the dog whenever necessary.

Dog Mats or Beds

You can choose both. Your dog may prefer your sofa, but that is up to you. Most trainers recommend that dogs have their own space. That is where a dog bed or mat comes in.

Dog Food, Chew Toys and Treats

If you do not know which brand of food to choose, simply talk with your veterinarian. He will make appropriate suggestions. Chew toys are recommended to keep your dog’s teeth in good condition. And go easy on the treats. Pet obesity is a (excuse the pun) growing problem.

Dog Identification Tags

Nowadays dogs are microchipped in order to have identification, but the really simple pet identification tags are essential. You do not need any technology in order to read dog tags, and it is so simple to contact pet owners if you find a lost dog.

Schedule A Visit to Your Veterinarian

After you adopt, if your dog doesn’t have the necessary shots or if he isn’t neutered, arrange to take him to the vet.

2 comments to Essentials for Your New Dog

  • David

    Thanks for the tips. We are getting a puppy from a local shelter next week.

  • Great tips, I would definitely second getting a Vet check early on. Perhaps I’m biased, being a vet myself, but I come across so many people who have received poor advice from the pet shop or breeder and there are so many common problems that are easily prevented if you get off to the right start.
    Nothing more devastating than finding out that recommendation from your breeder to supplement calcium, is actually putting your dog at risk of growth deformities, or that diet you are spending heaps of money on is actually very bad for your dog’s teeth.

    Even if your dog isn’t due for any vaccination, if you visit your vet you can get some great training advice, preventative healthcare advice, advice about socialisation, worming and probably one of the biggest areas is things to watch for and how to check your dog for problems. Many breeds have certain conditions that are more common, such as bloat in deep chested breeds, ear problems in floppy-eared dogs, hip dysplasia in large breeds, eye problems…the list goes on. A bit of early preventative care can really save some big dollars in vet bills later on.

    One of my clients recently bought a gorgeous little golden retriever pup. She was such a wonderful owner and this puppy was the sweetest thing ever. The first consult we had we talked about training and socialisation and what could be done before being fully immunised, and which places to avoid. I also noticed that the puppy was getting very fat, which is a huge no no for large breed dogs at risk of hip dysplasia. Even though this dog had parents who had ‘good’ hips, there is a strong link between overfeeding and hip dysplasia, and being a retriever this little pup just ate everything she put out for her!

    We worked out a bit of a plan and a few emails went back and forth (I love it when clients email me for advice!), so in the end we got her down to a healthy weight, while still giving her enough for a growing puppy.

    Vets love to help new pet owners, it is exactly what got us into the profession, so developing a good relationship with your vet early on is worth the relatively small consultation fee. Sometimes if the only time you visit your vet is when something is wrong, we spend the time fixing that problem, but don’t get time to talk about all the other things you can do to prevent diseases and behaviour problems.

    Great post, I will get off my soapbox now!