Congratulations on getting your new dog. A dog is a wonderful addition to a home. They provide companionship, love, and support that translates into joy throughout the year.
Having a dog is quite a responsibility. You must feed it, walk it and give it attention every day. You must also be clear about things it needs to make it feel comfortable in its new environment. Here are some of these things to help your new dog feel right at home:
Although your dog might find itself in the bed with you on its first few nights in your home, most people eventually put the dog on the floor. Why not get the dog his own place to lay his tired head? There days there are all types of dog beds you can purchase for your lovely pet to have its own space and feel loved too. You can purchase all qualities of beds for your dog from the most basic pet beds if you are on a budget, and there are online pet supply stories that have luxury dog beds on sale to make your new doggies feel like a king or queen. They come in all sizes and in different comfortable fabrics and are easily washable.
Perhaps the most basic item you can get your dog is a collar. You can choose from very basic collars to ones that are as fancy as a piece of fine jewelry. What is important is that it is sturdy and fits the dog snugly but not too tight around the neck. For bigger dogs some people prefer a choker collar because they can be used to control the dog. Choker collars can be great but you need to pay attention that you are not cutting off the dog’s wind supply when you use it. Whatever collar you choose should also easily and securely firmly attach to a leash. It also needs to have an area where you can firmly attach and identify the dog license and identification tag. This is important if your dog gets lost and needs to be returned to you. Animal control can also look up your dog through its license and determine what shots the animal has had and any allergies or medical conditions your dog may have.
Picking the type of leash to get for your dog is a big job. There are many types including short, long and those that extend. You should probably choose based on the type of dog you have and its nature. If you dog is very friendly and tends to jump on people or if the is big and tends to frighten people you should get a short leash that allows you to control the dog very easily. If you dog is much better behaved, you might opt for a longer leash allowing it to roam a bit. Getting one that can extend might be a good trade-off but these leashes tend to retract slowly so using it so control the dog is probably not a great option. To be safe, lean toward a shorter leash at the beginning.
These are the basics and of course there are many other things you will need to buy from dog food to dog treats, but if you get these three right, you are sure to have a happy dog.