Many people, as they should, value pets, and many individuals embrace new pets as members of their own family. This is why most people keep pets in their homes. These pets often provide companionship to their owners, therefore it is essential to provide pets with the best care all the time. 

Having a dog is a big commitment, it is long-term and requires a lot of time and energy and many times people find themselves modifying their ways of living in order to adapt to having a new dog.  

A vital part of providing the best care to your dog is to offer them a healthy and nutritious diet and well as a safe shelter. If you are deciding whether you should buy a dog, or if you already have a dog, there are definitely a variety of essentials that you should invest in for your dogs.

As partly mentioned in treehousepuppies.com, knowing exactly what dogs need can be overwhelming but this process can be made easier by learning from expert guides. Once you have decided to get a puppy and found a good place to get them from, the next step is to consider which essentials to invest in to be prepared before they arrive.

Sleeping Area and Comfort

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Bed

Before you get a dog you must ensure your dog has a designated area to sleep – this is where your pet will sleep and also have his food and water.  There are many options of beds available in the market, but you also opt to buy a crate. Many people do not like the look of crates, as it may look like a cage, however, you can have it unlocked providing your pet with security but also be useful for if you are out and your dog is not old enough or trained to be left on their own for short periods of time.

This will stop your canine best friend from biting stuff around the house, which could also put in him in danger.  If you decide to buy a crate, please consider the size of your dog and how big he will grow, so that you can invest in one that is spacious enough where he can lie down, stand up, and easily move around in.  

Bedding

You will need to ensure your dog is as comfortable as possible, therefore you should invest in some blankets so he is happy and relaxed at bedtime. Puppies may find it difficult to sleep in their own bed or crate when they are not trained, therefore it is a good idea to leave a few treats in the area so that your dog recognizes it as a positive space and he will be more likely to stay in his own sleeping area. Equally, you should not use the crate as ‘time-out’ space as your dog may start to resent this and associate it with negative reinforcement. 

Playtime 

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Toys

Toys are extremely important to invest in for your dogs in order to stimulate them. Puppies often chew on things around the house as they grow up, such as your shoes or table legs. If your dog has a different variety of toys, it is less likely for him to play with the toys and chew on them rather than using things he may find around the house. 

Chew toys also offer your dog with mental stimulation, it has many positive benefits for their oral health and it is a way for them to exercise their jaws and it is a great way to develop a bond between owner and pet. Not all toys offer the same purpose, therefore choose the most suitable one for your dog carefully, if the toy is too small your pet may choke or get hurt.  

Hygiene

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Bath Time 

This is something people do not always consider, as it appears people often forget they will have to take care of their dog’s hygiene. This is not something you have to do on a daily basis, however, depending on how dirty your dog will get when you take him out, it will dictate how often you should do it.

Furthermore, pets are easy targets for fleas. These fleas can make your puppy have itchy skin and even cause you to develop allergies. This is another reason why the shampoo you use on your dog is important as it should be formulated to help avoid this issue to develop.

Oral Hygiene

You also need to consider your dog’s oral hygiene – there are many snacks developed for this purpose as they help maintain good oral health. However, it is vital to also invest in a good toothpaste to protect your dog’s teeth and gums, which could lead to further more serious health conditions.

Potty Time 

As obvious as it sounds, your dog will need to poop on a daily basis. Young puppies can be potty trained at home, however, as they grow it is important to train your dog to go outside when he requires. When in public areas, you are required by law to clean up after your dog and dispose of the bad in the many available appropriate bins, and failure to do so can incur undesirable fines.  You should, therefore, invest in poo bags so that you are prepared.

Grooming 

Investing in grooming equipment is essential if you want to ensure your house is not covered in dog hair. This will also depend on the breed you decide on. If your dog has long hair, you should consider investing in a pet brush, dog comb, and nail clippers and you must groom him as needed. You choose to have a professional do this, although it can be more expensive than doing it at home. Always brush your puppy slowly and gently and introduce the concept of grooming to your dog gradually and in short sessions as your dog may likely find this to be an odd experience to start with, and act as such.

Safety

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Collars & Identity Disc

You must have a collar for your dog – you need to ensure that this fits your dog comfortably, allowing enough space between the collar and your dog’s neck. Have in mind that dogs grow rapidly and collars must be checked often to ensure it does not get too tight, which could be harmful to your dog. 

You are obliged by law to engrave the name and address of the owner on the collar of your pet or on a plate or disc attached to it. You must obey this and you can be penalized if you do not. This is also essential if your dog ever goes missing as if someone else finds them they would be able to return your pet to you. 

As mentioned above, there are many essential things you should invest in if you have a dog or if you are considering getting one. This is a decision you should not rush. However, if you get a dog and ensure to have all the basics to provide the dog the best care and if you provide him with love and attention, you can be assured you will have a very happy dog.

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