So, you’ve decided to take a dog home from the shelter. After weeks of choosing the right one for you, you have finally made your choice! You’ve taken care of all the necessary documents and now you’re ready to take that adorable pup home.
You feel that you are ready to have a companion at home, and you know that you are ready for the responsibilities that come with taking care of a dog.
But, how ready are you?
When you take a dog home, you need more that just love and caring to be able to provide for it. There are items necessary for you to have at home – items that are essential in ensuring that your dog will literally have everything they need.
Before you take your new dog home, don’t forget to shop for the following items:
Dog leash or harness – A leash or harness will help you make sure that your dog does not wander off to faraway places when you take it for a walk. Take note that not all dogs are comfortable in using harnesses, and not all dogs are meant to be put on leash. It would be best if you have both at first as you are getting to know your new pet and find out which one is more suitable for your dog.
Collar and identification – A dog collar and ID is necessary so you can put your details on your dog, along with its name. In case they get lost, you can be easily reached by whomever have picked your pet.
Food and water bowl – Your dog will need two separate feeding bowls: one for food and another one for water.
Dog brush – There are different types of dog brushes designed for different types of dog coat. Choose the type that’s suitable for your dog.
Dog shampoo – To keep your pet clean and fresh-smelling, you need a safe and effective dog shampoo.
Nail clippers – If you are meaning to groom your dog yourself, you need nail clippers to maintain its nails.
Dog toys – Your pet needs to have some fun – and for this, there’s a wide variety of toys to choose from.