Add These Items to Your First-Time Dog Owner Checklist

Posted by Best Friend Fence on 4/3/2021 to Dog Training


Congratulations on getting your first dog! Pets can be very energetic and may require a lot more items to keep them happy. 

If you are wondering what to buy for your dog, you've come to the right place. From dog food to bowls and toys, here's what you need to add to your first-time dog owner checklist.

Read on!

Dog Toys

One of the most important things to have in your first-time dog owner checklist is dog toys. Dogs are filled with energy and the motivation to keep playing, so having dog toys will keep them happy and prevent them from getting bored. 

You can also choose to buy interactive dog toys, which will keep your dog occupied even more. 

Food Bowl

Your dog will definitely need a food bowl. Now the question is, what kind of food bowl will they get? You can choose to go with a classic choice or go the extra mile with an interactive food bowl

These bowls act as a form of a food puzzle, which will allow your dog to work for their meal and prevent obesity while keeping the mind engaged. It's important to note that keeping your dog challenged by the food puzzles may require buying newer bowls every now and then.

Dog Leash and Collar

Dogs generally love the outdoors, and you would want to go on walks with them. To ensure that you have control over your dog when you walk him, you will need to have a dog leash and collar. 

You can go with the standard dog leash, or you can go with a harness leash. This will ensure that your dog doesn't tug on the leash and will be suitable for larger dogs. 

You can also personalize your dog collars so that it has identifying features, such as a name or your contact details if the dog goes missing. 

Dog Bed

You will also have to have a dog bed so that your dog will have their own resting spot. Make sure you choose a bed that is suitable to their size, so that they can have a comfortable fit. 

It's important to check that your dog bed is also comfy enough for your dog. You wouldn't want to buy something that irritates your dog's skin!

First-Time Dog Owner Checklist

Some of the most important things to have in your first-time dog owner checklist include dog toys, a food bowl, a leash, and a dog bed. While these may seem like basic objects, you can always add a sparkle to delight your dog. 

For instance, you can order an interactive dog toy, or choose to personalize their collars. When considering buying a food bowl or a dog bed, make sure to keep your dog's personality and sensitivity in mind as well. 

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