If you are getting a new dog or puppy, it can be easy to overlook some of the things you might need for your new pet. We’ve compiled a convenient checklist of the basic types of products and items you should get for your new dog or puppy.
Dog Feeding Supplies
Water and Food Bowls
Dog bowls come in a variety of materials, sizes, and styles. Some common materials that dog bowls are made from are stainless steel, ceramic, wood, and plastic. Plastic bowls are generally cheaper, but will not hold up as well as dog bowls made from more sturdy materials. Steel bowls are extremely sturdy, but can be loud. Ceramic bowls are very stylish, but could break or crack.
Your dog bowls will be a part of your house for years, so you may want to consider buying bowls that are stylish and of high quality. You can find attractive dog bowls to match nearly any decor. You might spend a bit more, but they will look much better in your home.
Dog Food Storage Container and Scoop
These aren’t strictly necessary, but will make your life a lot easier. Having a convenient, sealed storage container for dog food not only keeps the food more fresh, but also makes feeding much faster and easier. Get an appropriately sized scoop to keep inside the container. You can buy containers specifically designed for dog food, but any sealable, plastic bin should work fine.
There are wide variety of dog and puppy foods available at various prices and quality levels. It is advisable to purchase a dog food that contains plenty of actual meat protein. Many cheaper dog foods largely consist of meat and grain meals and byproducts. These types of dog foods are not only less nutritious, but also harder to digest and more likely to cause allergic reactions in your pet.
Also, try to avoid foods that contain BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. These are chemical preservatives commonly found in cheaper dog foods you find at the grocery store. They are extremely toxic.
Basically, just as with people, the more natural and the less processed, the better. Read our article on Choosing the Best Healthy Dog Food for Your Dog or Puppy for more information on what to look for when buying dog food.
Dog Walking Supplies and Products
You will not only need a dog collar to attach a leash to, but also to attach an identification tag to, in case your pet ever gets lost.
Dog collars come in various types, styles, and materials. Getting a well-fitted collar of the appropriate type is important for your dog’s comfort, as well as their health. Many flat-faced dog breeds do better with a harness than with a neck collar, due to their tendency to have breathing problems.
See the DogBright article on Choosing the Best Collar for Your Dog for a lot more information on the various types of dog collars and their pros and cons.
Leashes, also known as leads, are available in a variety of types and styles. Most people use either standard, fixed-length leash or a retractable leash. However, there are a number of other types of leashes that are available.
When choosing a leash, you’ll want to consider the size and strength of your dog, as well as their walking style. See our article on Choosing the Right Dog Leash for tips on how to choose the best leash for you and your dog.
Dog ID Tag
You will want to get an identification tag for your dog that is attached to their collar at all times. This should include your dog’s name and your contact information, including your phone number and address. It’s also a good idea to have proof of rabies vaccination on the tag.
If your dog ever gets lost, this will greatly increase the chances of recovering your lost pet. One study by the ASPCA found that only about 1/3 of owners keep ID tags on their dogs. Many more lost pets would be found and returned if they were wearing ID tags.
Be considerate. Pick up after your pet. Bag dispensers which can be attached to your leash handle are a cheap and easy way to make sure that you always have a bag available to pick up after your pet.
Not only does a dog bed provide your dog with a comfortable place to rest and sleep, but also gives them a sense of security. Also, it can help protect your home and furniture, by giving them a place to rest other than on your couch or bed.
When picking a bed, you’ll want to consider your dog’s size, their sleeping style, their activity level, as well as your home decor. Read more about choosing a dog bed in DogBright’s article on Tips for Picking the Right Dog Bed.
Make sure your new dog or puppy has plenty of toys to keep them occupied. Not only does it provide entertainment and stimulation, but it can also help to keep objects in your home safe from getting chewed. Puppies, especially, need a number of different toys of their own.
You’ll probably want to consider getting a variety of types of toys for different purposes, including plush toys, chew toys, toys for playing fetch, and some type of rawhide chews.
Dog Grooming and Bathing Supplies
Dog Brush or Comb
Keeping your dog well-groomed is not only important for their appearance, but also for their health. There are various types of dog combs and brushes available. Which one is best for you depends on the qualities of your dog’s coat. A few types of dog combs and brushes include: slicker brush, pin brush, bristle brush, shedding blade, and undercoat rake.
Getting professional grooming performed regularly is another option, but can become expensive quickly. Also, many dogs have coats which require regular combing and brushing, even between visits to the groomer.
Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Dog
Regular bathing is a must for dogs. Dogs can get dirty and smelly very quickly with their regular walks outside. And, they bring the dirt they pick up into your house. Keep your dog and your home environment cleaner and healthier by give your pet regular baths.
There are various types of shampoos and conditioner available for different types of coats and other factors, such as allergen sensitivity.
Dog Nail Clippers
Whenever you hear that clicking sound on your wood or tile floor when your dog runs to meet you, you know it’s time to clip their nails. Keeping their nails trimmed not only protects your floors, furniture, and you from getting scratched, but also helps to keep your dog from suffering from pain and possible injury.
The two basic types of clippers are scissor clippers and guillotine clippers. Scissor clippers are generally better for larger dogs with thicker nails. Guillotine clippers are usually used for small to medium sized dogs.
Dog Health Care Products
Canine Dental Care Products
Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and healthy is an important practice, which can prevent painful and costly veterinary procedures down the road. Just as with people, the main goal is to prevent the buildup up plaque and tartar to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
There are specially designed dog toothbrushes and toothpaste, which are the best tools for keeping your dog’s gums and teeth healthy. There are also oral rinses for dogs, which can help keep your dog’s mouth clean and healthy. Chewing on toys and rawhide chews can also help to keep your dog’s teeth clean.
Flea and Tick Prevention Products
Controlling fleas and ticks is important for your pet, and your home environment. This is especially important in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent. There are three main types of flea and tick control products: Spot treatments, sprays, and oral medications. The most commonly-used products are probably the spot treatments, such as Frontline and K9 Advantix. These treatments are usually applied once a month.
Even using these products, you should regularly check your dog for fleas and ticks, and take appropriate measures if your dog gets them.