Essential equipment for your new dog

Choosing a family pet and lifelong companion is always an exciting experience. Bringing your new dog home for the first time is a big part of that, especially as they become accustomed to their surroundings and get to know their new owners. While exciting, it’s important this transition goes as smoothly as possible to help your new companion settle quickly and happily into their abode, which means you’ll need to be prepared with all the essentials that will make your dog feel right at home. Here’s our top list of doggy essentials to help you get started.

A comfortable dog collar

A dog collar will probably be the first item on your list. It needs to be comfortable, durable, and it’ll also be the source of vital information should your dog ever get lost. Bear in mind, your dog will be among new surroundings that are unfamiliar, so it’s important to have your address and phone number accessible via the dog’s collar, making it as easy as possible for your new pet to be returned should they go walkabouts.

The best collars are those that are comfortable. Style and affordability are a bonus but should be the last things you consider when choosing from those available.

Bedding

There are many things to consider when buying a dog bed; breed, size and their temperament are all important factors that determine which bed is best for your dog. Again, comfort is really important and whether your dog likes to curl up or stretch out, the bed will need to be large enough, but soft enough, to provide the ideal place to sleep.

It’s important to do your research, but you’ll find plenty of dog beds online that will be suitable for a variety of dogs.

Leashes and harnesses

When buying a dog, you can’t really do without a good leash. As a puppy, your pet will not be ready to run about unattended and should always remain on its leash until it’s obedient and responds promptly to commands. Retractable leashes are great for allowing your new pet a certain level of freedom, while also providing you with the control you need in certain situations. Harnesses are also a great accompaniment for larger, stronger dog breeds that tend to yank or pull when being trained. Harnesses can also help to reduce pressure around the dog’s neck, should they have a tendency to pull on the lead.