4 Things You Need to Buy for Your New Dog

Getting ready to welcome a new dog or puppy into your family? Congratulations! Get a hold of these four items before you bring home your new friend, and the process will be much easier and more enjoyable for the both of you.

1. Collar and lead

A collar and lead are staple items for any dog. They will help ensure your dogs safety, as well as make life a lot simpler for you. Your dog will usually need to be on the lead for some parts of your walks (near busy roads and on pavements, for example). The collar should have an ID tag on it which contains your phone number and/or address. This allows your dog to be easily identified and returned back to you if they were to ever become lost.

You may also want to consider keeping a spare collar and lead around. Leads can get dropped and collars can slip off when you’re out and about, so it’s good to have instant replacements.

2. Toys

Every dog loves playing with toys — and they’re a great way for you both to bond. However, it’s easy to waste money on soft, flimsy toys that your puppy — or even an older dog — will rip apart in seconds. It’s a wise idea to invest in better made toys that are designed to withstand even the most manic puppies. Having a wide selection of toys will keep your dog interested and preoccupied for many hours to come.

3. Food, water, and bowls

You’ll need to have food and water ready and waiting for your dog at home. Research online, talk to your vet, or ask the sales assistant at the pet store to help choose which food is right for your dog.

As for bowls, you’ll see a few different ones on the market — ceramic, glass, and stainless steel, mainly. Which is best? Ceramic and glass are heavy and can break. Stainless steel is a popular choice as it’s cheap, long-lasting, and easy to clean. Be sure to get a water bowl too — your dog will need a constant source of fresh water to drink from at home.

You’ll need to get the right sized bowl to suit your dog (smaller breeds will need small bowls, and larger breeds will need larger bowls).

4. Bed

Your dog will need a bed to relax and catch some shut-eye after a long day — plus daytime naps! There are so many options to choose from: baskets, mattresses, large cushions, mini sofas, and more! Looking for more ideas? Petnap has you covered. If you have a puppy who still needs to be house-trained, you’ll need to have them in a crate at night (which you can still make comfortable with bedding). There are also absorbent puppy pads you can put down to contain the mess and make it easier to clean up.

These four items will have you ready to welcome your new doggy addition to your home and ensure a long, happy life together.