12 Starter Pet Products For The New Dog Owner
So you followed your heart and made the decision of getting a dog even though your head gave you 1001 reasons not to.
Now you need to prepare the items you need in order to create a conducive living environment for your puppy.
Being a first time dog owner is no excuse for negligence.
You are now responsible for a life.
Here are some great products to start off your life with your new infatuation.
1) Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food for Puppy
Just like how babies need specific nutrients for healthy growth, puppies also have their nutritional requirements to grow up to a healthy adult dog. You won’t be feeding your own baby with chicken wings or a medium-done steak, puppies are simply not ready to for adult food. And they need a nice balance of blend of protein sources and natural antioxidants.
2) Old Mother Hubbard Crunchy Classic Natural Dog Treats
What better way to get your puppy hepped up than with doggy-bone shaped treats. This pack of treats is prepared with all natural ingredients leaving your dog free from all the additives that make us (humans) sick. It is also oven-baked while retaining the delicious natural flavors of apples, carrots and chicken. You are already a great parent to your dog!
3) Nutri-Vet Multi-Tab Complete Chewable Tablets for Dogs
Even with the wide variety of food we consume in our meals each day, in all likelihood, we don’t consume enough of the vitamins we need. So we often turn to vitamin pills and supplements. Your dog will be having pretty much the same food each meal. Don’t deprive it of the vitamins it needs to maintain good health. Boost their immunity with vitamins for dogs.
4) Nylabone Just For Puppies Starter Kit Bone Puppy Dog Chew Toys
Dogs have a natural urge to chew up everything… and furniture. In fact, if your car is not made of metal, it could chew it up too. At the same time, puppies have baby teeth that will eventually fall out for the adult teeth to grow. So you might as well solve these 2 issues at 1 go by getting your pup toys that will keep it’s chewing habit in check while covering the stages of teething.
5) Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo
You don’t need to bath your dog everyday. In fact, doing it too frequently can easily damage their coat. Because bathing it removes it’s natural oils from it’s fur. They take care of themselves pretty well from all the self-licking (grooming). Only bath them when they are noticeably dirty. And you need shampoo specially formulated for dogs.
6) GPET Dog Bowl with Rubber Base, Stainless Steel 16 Ounce (Set of 2)
Depending on the breed of your dog the size of the bowl you need varies. Surely you will know that you need a bigger bowl for a big dog. But for small dogs, these sizes should be good enough to last a lifetime. Stainless steel to prevent rust, and rubber base to prevent movements.Bowls usually comes in sets of 2. One for the food, and the other for water.
7) MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate
You might think that there is no need for a crate as you have a small area ready for your dog to reside. But you still need a crate for potty training unless you have no problem with your puppy defecating all over the place. The cage is also a place where you can train your dog to stay in when you go out. Some dogs actually love crate so much as it becomes a place where they feel safe.
8) MidWest Exercise Pen
A pen is a very useful item if you are not yet comfortable enough to allow your dog roam freely in the house, especially when it is playing. A house that is not dog friendly can mean a lot of destruction when you pet runs around knocking over all the stuff. Even worst, it can injure itself running into sharp edges or other hazardous furniture, appliances and fittings.
9) AKC Casablanca Round Solid Pet Bed
You could of course, choose to let your dog sleep on the floor or in the steel crate. But if you really want to give it as much love as it is giving you affection, you should buy it a bed. During puppy life, owners usually leave it in the create so that they have a comfortable place to rest until they are better trained. They look really cute when squeezing into one too!
10) Flexi Explore Retractable Dog Leash
I’ve actually seen people use their own creativity to design and create their own leash. But if you don’t have the creative vision of an inventor, you can easily buy one at a low price. One day, your dog might be disciplined enough to follow you around outdoors without a leash. But before you get to that level of confidence, you must absolutely use one, especially if you have a big dog.
11) Perri’s Padded Leather Dog Collar
Naturally, after the leash, comes the collar. Just a regular collar will do. Don’t be confused when you find some in the market that delivers “shocks” to dogs. Those are meant for training dogs in a little more extreme cases. You don’t know the personality of your pup yet. Some people also feel that these types of training methods are abusive in nature.
12) Vastar Adjustable Dog Safety Car Harness Seatbelt
Dogs, especially puppies, have no idea how the dynamics of a car works. This means that if you don’t secure them (assuming they sit on a seat), they can fly all over place when you speed up suddenly or come to a sudden stop. That could be a horrendous experience to go through. Be a safe driver and practice safety with all your passengers, including your dog.