The Essential Guide to Preparing for Your New Dog

Now you've decided to get a dog, it suddenly seems as if there's so much to do before they arrive. Much like preparing for the arrival of a baby, you want to make sure that everything is in place for their big homecoming. It can be scary for a dog to enter a new environment, whether they're a puppy or an older rescue dog. You're probably just as nervous as each other, but as the human you have the ability to make your new pooch as comfortable as possible. There's a lot to buy and do, but if you start ahead of time you can prepare everything for when they come home.

Collars and Leads

Of course, you'll be taking your new canine family member for walks, so collars and leads are essential. You might choose to use a harness instead of, or as well as, a collar. Harnesses are particularly helpful if you're training a puppy or untrained dog to walk on the lead as they give you more control. You can buy collars that are both beautiful and durable, like Ruffwear dog collars, which are waterproof and reflective. Collars aren't just for walking either. They're useful for hanging identity tags from, with your contact information. You can also use tags for other important information, like whether your dog is on any medication. These are vital in the case they get lost.


Perhaps you think that pet insurance isn't necessary, but you would quickly change your mind in the event of accident or illness. If your dog becomes unexpectedly ill or sustains an injury, vet bills can be extortionate. Rather than risk bankrupting yourself when the time comes, protect yourself with a good insurance policy. Don't just choose the cheapest one - check that it will cover the important costs.

Beds, Blankets and Kennels

Your pooch needs somewhere to sleep. It might be as simple as a comfortable bed or blanket, or it could be a kennel or crate. Teaching your dog to go to their bed will save you a lot of stress! Some people even "crate train" their dog to go in their box at night, with the door closed. This can be really helpful for travelling as they're already used to being in the crate.


Food and Food Bowls

Food is something you need to think about carefully. You need to get the correct amount for your dog's age, size and breed. You also need to decide what to feed your dog. Many people disapprove of certain brands, and some dogs might need special diets. Some people even feed their dog raw food instead of manufactured dog food. Your dog should also have food and water bowls - you might want to put a mat under them in case of any mess. Separate bowls for travelling are a good idea too. And remember to keep them clean.

Apart from all the essential comforts and practicalities, don't forget toys! You need to stimulate your dog and you should make sure you have fun together.

1 comment:

  1. great tips for would be dog owners, I love playing with dogs once a while, but somehow, I don't think I would want to have one full time since it won't be fair to the dog since most nature and wilderness trails do not allow dog for their and wildlife safety