Okay, so you've decided to get a dog. Yay! You won't regret it. They are amazing, they're fun, and it won't take long before you wonder what your life was like before they came along. But in all the excitement, you're probably also trying to figure out what you need to have for your soon-to-be best bud. The market for doggie items is massive, and it's not always obvious what your dog will really need and what is just fluff.
We have searched to find the most important items your dog will need to enjoy their new life with you (and vice versa).
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The Top 10 Rated Dog Essentials
Below is a list of the top 10 rated dog essential items you'll need to ensure your dog feels happy and comfortable in your home. Whether your dog is a puppy or a more mature dog, we think you'll need to own these essentials.
1. Doggie Sneakers
Just like your shoes, dog shoes protect their paws in all kinds of weather and terrain. They may not need to wear them everywhere or all the time, but there are circumstances where you'll be glad you invested in doggie sneakers. Extreme hot or cold weather, when they cut their paw, or when walking on very rough ground, may all be situations when your dog will benefit from the extra layer of protection that shoes provide.
At RIFRUF, we love dogs and their paws. We produce stylish doggie sneakers made from high-quality materials. Your dog will not only be comfortable in our doggie sneakers, but while their paws are being protected, they'll also look awesome!
2. Grooming Supplies
There's no way around it; your dog will need to be groomed. And depending on the breed and what kinds of activities you'll be doing with your dog, they may need a lot of grooming. Even if you hire out the task to professionals, it's still a good idea to keep grooming supplies around the house for emergencies.
The items you'll need depend on your dog's breed, so consult a professional groomer or breeder. But generally speaking, grooming supplies should include:
- Rubber-Toothed Brush or Short-Bristled Brush
- Dog Comb
- Dog Shampoo and Conditioner
- Coat Clippers and Scissors
- Dog Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Dog Nail Trimmer
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Your dog will need a cozy, comfortable bed that's large enough for them to stretch out on. It should be easy for you to keep clean, be totally non-allergenic, and, if possible, chew-resistant.
There are all types of beds made with a variety of materials. Consider the size and breed of your dog when making your choice. But here are a few things to think about:
- Round beds are great for little dogs, and when your bigger dog wants to curl up, but remember, sometimes he'll want to stretch out. Will this bed have enough space for that?
- Box beds or others like them (with sides) can protect your dog from draughts and make cozying down more comfortable, but they may not be so comfortable in the heat of summer.
- Shy or anxious dogs may prefer an igloo-style bed.
Unfortunately, your dog may get away from you from time to time, and they need to have identification so they can be returned. Start with a personalized tag with their name, your phone number (with area code), and your address. Remember to attach the tag to their collar.
Another form of ID is a microchip. It's permanent and effective. If they are ever stolen or lost, a vet or animal shelter worker can scan the chip and contact you.
You can also register your dog with your local municipality and receive a numbered tag.
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5. Pet First Aid Kit
Accidents happen. Your dog will get minor scrapes and bruises sometimes, so you'll need a pet first aid kit. Having one will give you peace of mind and provide quality care for your dog until you can get them to the vet.
6. Car-to-Harness Seat Belt
It's safer to travel with your dog in a crate, but if you don't have one or are looking for an alternative, consider buying a car-to-harness seat belt. These work by holding your dog secure while you drive and preventing them from hitting the windshield if there is a collision. They're easy to use and inexpensive.
7. Puppy Crates & Playpens
Some puppies love to be in a crate with their toys and comfortable bedding. Crates keep them safe when traveling and happy at home. Dogs seem to love the security and privacy of a lightweight, clean crate.
Additionally, you may want to consider a playpen. They're similar to the ones for young children, designed to keep them safely and happily confined to an area.
Look for toys for your dog the same way you would for a toddler. Be mindful of plastic eyes, bells, and other doodads that you may find attached to some dog toys because they're potential choking hazards. Also, check the materials for possible toxins or allergens, and consider the size of the toys in relation to your dog.
Dogs love toys that don't just entertain them but also challenge them.
9. A Collar & Sturdy Leash
One of the first things you'll need to buy is a collar. Ensure you get one that's the right size for your dog. It should have a quick-release clasp for emergencies and a strong D-ring for attaching your leash. A great collar will also have somewhere to attach your dog's tag.
A good leash should be between 4 and 6 feet long, lightweight, and strong. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand, is long-lasting, easy to clean, and doesn't add uncomfortable weight to your dog. A retractable leash can be helpful for giving your dog freedom while out walking.
10. Doggie Water Bottle
Remember that your dog always needs plenty of water, even in the winter months, no matter what's going on. When you're out and about, it's easy to forget to provide water for your dog. Buy a doggie water bottle so you won't forget, and take it whenever you go out.
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The decision to have a dog is an excellent one. They're fun, loyal, and they make terrific friends. But you have to provide the things they need to be happy and comfortable. The above items are a great start.
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