You’ve thought about it long and hard and finally decided to adopt a pet for you and the kids. That’s great! Bringing home a new four-legged member of the family is exciting and fun, but it can also be a bit overwhelming if you don’t plan and have everything you need to welcome your new pup to the family.
While you’ve considered everything you needed to consider before adopting your new furry friend, you also need to have a few things and products in place when you bring him home. From a dog collar to a harness, strap, and leash for walking your pup to food and water bowls, toys, and a bed, read on below for a few of the products you should consider purchasing before you bring your furry friend home and become his person forever.
Collar, Leash, and Harness
The first thing your pup is going to need is a durable harness and a dog collar. If at all possible, you want to invest in a custom dog collar for your pup. Make sure that you have your dog’s name and your phone number engraved on the tag and that the dog collar on the buckle is secure whenever you put it on your pup. You want to make sure that the dog collar is durable and fits easily but not too tightly around the dog’s neck. On top of a custom dog collar, you should also purchase a durable harness, leash, and strap for your pup, so that you know he’s safe when you take him out on your daily walks together.
While you don’t want like keeping your shopping habits a secret, you could go a little overboard on all the amazing toys that you can purchase for your new furry friend and have to hide the receipt. One way to justify overspending is that the busier your new puppy is with his toys, the less time he’ll have to get into mischief, such as chewing up your favorite pair of shoes.
Ensure that the doggie toys you purchase are safe and non-toxic. Your new pet will get hours of enjoyment out of the ones you choose.
Food Bowl and Food Mat
Most puppies will chew up anything in sight if you’re not careful, so you want the food bowls that you choose to be sturdy and unable to be chewed on. Stainless steel bowls are usually the best choice, and if you can get non-slip bottoms on them, that’s all the better. It’s also a great idea to invest in a food mat to go under those stainless steel bowls as well, to contain any spills that your puppy makes when gobbling down their food.
You want your new family member to be comfortable, feel safe, and be extremely happy in his new home. So, you’re going to want to invest in a doggie bed for him to sleep in or to rest in if life in a new house gets to be too much. It’s also a good idea to invest in a doggie bed that’s not easy to chew up, as puppies don’t realize that the item they’re chewing on is the bed they need to be sleeping in later that night. There are many different sizes and varieties of doggie beds out there, so take your time and choose the one that’s best for your new puppy.
These are a few pet products to consider purchasing before you bring home your new puppy. Life with a dog in the house is certainly different, but you’ll never regret for a moment the decision you made to bring a pet home.