Preparing for the
All too often, it is far too
easy to get carried away in the excitement of buying a
new dog. Before you know it, your new addition to the family steps in the
door and it doesn't even have a bowl to drink from!
Below is a list of items you may wish to
consider buying prior to your
new dogs arrival:
COLLAR & LEAD. Whether buying a
collar of leather or nylon or whatever, make
sure that there is ample room for growth, especially if your about to buy
IDENTITY TAGS. Plastic tags are preferred
by many dog owners, metal ones
can sometimes chafe and cause skin irritation. Consider
Consult your vet for further information.
BEDDING. Purchase bedding which is
light, easy to carry and which can be
washed and dried quickly -accidents happen.
THE BED. Prices do vary
considerably, so too do designs. Again, pick
something which is easy to wash or wipe clean and also durable and
to look at - you have to live with it too.
FOOD & WATER BOWLS. Plastic
bowls get chewed easily (especially by
young untrained pups), but there are heavy duty ones on the market now
can withstand rough treatment. Heavy ceramic bowls are excellent for water
they are not easily tipped over by your enthusiastic friend. Metal bowls
excellent for endurance but noisy when bounced off kitchen cabinets!
BRUSHES & COMBS. Talk to the
breeder or your vet about suitable grooming
tools. These vary considerable according to breed and it's essential you
the right equipment.
PLAY PENS. OK, so these are hardly
an essential item, but apart from the
obvious function, there are two major advantages in having one. Firstly,
can double up as the dogs bed. Furthermore, they are an excellent place
put a young pup away from danger when the household chores are in
TOYS. With so many to choose from,
it really is down to personal preference
and experience. Toys that chew to pieces easily can prove expensive, messy
and occasionally dangerous to young pups. Toy that squeak may not be
good option for a dog with a nervous disposition, nor for humans with a