They say that dogs are a man’s best friend – a loyal, enthusiastic companion who will always greet you with a wagging tail after a long day at work. If you’re thinking of bringing a new dog home, whether it’s a tiny fluffy puppy or an older dog in need of a home, then you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared!
In some ways, having a dog is a bit like having a child – they need lots of care and attention. Here’s our list of essential items that no fluffy friend should be without.
A lead – Dogs love walks and the mere hint of the word ‘walkies’ will have them running for the drawer/coat rack/cupboard where you keep their lead. You might find that you need a bit more control for those first few months, in which case a harness can be a good idea, to save them trying to slip off their collars. If you also find that your dog walks an awful lot faster than you, or you want to let them have some freedom in open spaces, then investing in an extendable lead is also a good idea – try this 23ft lead on for size!
A carrier – Just like when you bring a new baby home, you need to have a carrier for your dog. This will save them clambering all over the car seats and trying to lick you while you’re driving, which, let’s face it, is a bit distracting and could be dangerous. The size of carrier you need will depend on the size of your new dog – take a look at our dog carrier department for some options.
Toys – Dogs love to play, so make sure you are well prepared to entertain them and stock up on toys. Since you don’t really know what your dog will like, it’s a good idea to get a selection so they can pick their favourites. No dog-inhabited home is complete without a ball; we love this Clix Boomer Ball, which is virtually indestructable and is the perfect chase toy, or let your dog work for a treat with the Pyramid Treat Toy, which has goodies hidden inside!
Insurance – You may not think that you need it, but vets bills can be huge if your dog gets ill or injured, so it’s definitely something that you should consider. You can get plans which cover vets bills, boarding kennels, illness of your pet (or worse) and costs if your pet is stolen or lost. It doesn’t hurt to get a quote, and a little each month could end up saving you lots in the long run!