No matter what kind of dog you might have, there are certain things that all owners need to ensure they have before even bringing that puppy home. Getting a dog is one of the most exciting things you can do, but you need to be prepared for the arrival, otherwise you never know what might happen. Fortunately, there is not a great deal that you need in order to properly look after your new dog, but you do need to make sure that you have the following essentials. Let’s take a look at what they are, so that you can better look after your pet.
There are few things more important than ensuring that your dog is as comfortable as possible. And this is especially important when it comes to their sleep, as getting enough sleep is an important health issue, as it is for humans or just about any other animal on the planet. Make sure that your dog’s bed area is plenty comfortable. You will soon know if it isn’t, because they will probably let you know in quite a vocal manner! If they are uncomfortable, consider adding a blanket or two in order to help them sleep. But don’t feel you need to bring them into your bed. Some owners do this, but pet psychologists have suggested that it might not be the healthiest move you can make. Better to keep them comfy in their own area.
Collar & Leash
Before long, you will need to start taking them for long walks, and when you do you want to ensure that you still have a hold on them. Particularly when they are young, and untrained, dogs can easily find themselves running away before either of you even know what’s happening. Make sure that this nightmare situation doesn’t have a chance to occur by investing in a good quality collar and the best retractable leashes. That way, you will have the control that you need when you are out walking your dog, and that is hugely important for any dog owner.
Any dog owner will tell you that one of the most important concerns of all is keeping your dog well-groomed. Grooming can sometimes be something of a nightmare, especially with certain breeds like the Hungarian Puli, but it is an essential and it is worth getting used to it. In order to make it easier on yourself, you might want to invest in some decent grooming equipment, such as hard-wired brushes and possibly even clippers if you plan to cut the fur yourself. Of course, you might also want to consider them getting their fur professionally trimmed from time to time, as this can really make a huge difference to their appearance.
Finally, remember the very important act of feeding and watering. You will need at least two bowls for your dog - one for food, and the other for water - as without these, the process of feeding them will be much more difficult. However, they don’t have to be anything fancy. Particularly for the water, as long as it is easy for your dog to drink from without spillage, then that will suffice.