Getting a dog means making sure you're well stocked with dog supplies. There are many items you'll need and some you'll enjoy buying just for fun.
Dog Supply Must-Haves
When you first bring home a dog, there are a few items that should be on every dog owner's shopping list. These supplies can create a smooth transition into a new home for your new pup.
Crates and Kennels
A crate is an effective aid for house training and gives you a place to keep your dog while you're away. Crates are also useful for when guests come over and you want your dog to have a quiet place to chill. A safe kennel run is also a useful option to let your dog enjoy being outside while staying confined from escaping the yard.
Collars and Leashes
Dog collars come in so many colors and materials that shopping for them can be overwhelming. If you love fashion, you'll enjoy finding collars that express your own unique style with your dog. Along with a collar, you'll need to have a leash to take your dog on his daily walks. Leashes also come in several styles and with different functions depending on how you take your dog out. Make sure you find good quality ID tags for your dog collars with up-to-date contact information.
If your dog has special grooming needs, you'll need to stay on top of them to keep him healthy. Whether it's regular baths with canine shampoo or making your own pet wipes to clean him up after messy play time, you'll need to make sure you're well stocked with cleaning supplies for your pup.
Getting your dog a wide variety of toys, especially when he's a young, teething pup, can save your belongings from being chewed up. It also gives your energetic dog something to do and dog toys will keep him from becoming bored and destructive. Toys also are a way for you to interact with your dog and build your relationship with him through play.
Choosing a dog bed is important for your dog's comfort, especially if you have a dog with special needs such as a senior who would benefit from an orthopedic bed. Of course you can be creative if you have some sewing skills and make a bed for your dog.
Special Needs Supplies
Depending on your dog, you may need more specialized equipment. Being prepared with your supplies beforehand will make caring for your dog less stressful for both of you.
Every breeder needs to have a whelping box for when the bitch is ready to nest and give birth. Boxes can be expensive so you have the option of making your own to save money or to customize one to your needs. Along with a box you'll need supplies for the big day like towels, a scale, scissors and iodine.
For an aging dog, you'll want to do all you can to make him comfortable. Dogs suffering from arthritis can benefit from special harnesses that support their aching joints, as well as from dog ramps and dog stairs so they don't need to jump up. Senior dogs often suffer from incontinence and a belly band can assist with keeping your house from becoming soiled. If your elderly dog has medical problems, it's wise to have a first aid kit ready to go with supplies you can use while getting your dog to a veterinarian. It's also time to start thinking about memorializing your dog, whether it's with a beautiful pet urn or a paw print keepsake of your beloved friend.
Fun Shopping for Your Dog
Once you have all the necessary items, you can enjoy getting fun items for your dog like gifts for his birthday, a doggie pool for cooling off in the summer or a stylish sweater for his daily walks. If you love DIY projects, you can make his very own Christmas sweater or homemade toys. Have fun spoiling your dog!