The New Dog Parent Checklist: Your Furry Friend Essentials

The New Dog Parent Checklist: Your Furry Friend Essentials

Did you know that more than 50 percent of American households own a dog?

It can be an exciting and memorable journey as you decide to embark on adopting a four-legged, furry friend to join your family.

There are so many things to consider before you take the leap and bring your new puppy or dog home. You’re excited, and you should be. But you need to read on for the ultimate checklist on becoming a dog parent, and all the things you’re going to need.

Becoming a Dog Parent

There’s arguably nothing cuter than a chubby, fur-covered face that seems to be filled with nothing but undying love for you and your family. But how do you make sure that your new furry addition is just as comfortable in your home as you are?

Making that first trip to the pet store, or doing a simple search online can certainly be overwhelming, there are just thousands of products out there that everybody will say you absolutely need to be a dog parent.

Never fear, here’s what you really need as you make your transition to dog parent:

1. A Colorful Collar

Okay, it doesn’t necessarily have to be colorful or bright. But your new baby definitely needs a collar on his neck.

A collar does two things, it lets people know that he has a home and a family, and it also allows you to add an engraved plaque with your contact details and his name. This is because, if ever he should go missing, whoever finds him can get in touch with you to bring him home.

2. A Harness For Walking

Whether you’re going to need a big dog harness or a small dog harness, you’re going to need one nonetheless.

A harness is great for securing your dog during those lovely bond-worthy walks you’ll be taking him or her on. It can be way more comfortable than attaching a leash directly to the collar, as well as more secure.

3. A Beautiful Bed

Giving your pooch his own place to sleep is absolutely paramount to him feeling at home. Have a look at some of the options out there, and what size will last him the longest.

If your new dog is going to be large, then consider buying ahead of time so the bed lasts longer.

4. Food And Treats

Your new four-legged baby is going to need nutritious snacks to get him through the day.

Depending on the doggie’s age, he may need only wet food or a combination of wet and dry food.

Consult with your vet to see what is best for the dog.

Treats are another way to not only make him feel loved, but also to help with teaching him right from wrong. Keep in mind though, that there are bad treats and good treats, so always read the packaging!

Last-Minute Items For Your New Dog

You’re almost ready to be a dog parent! But there are just a few small things you’re going to need as you get ready for the adoption.

Make sure that you have food and water bowls ready and waiting. Also, get him a chew toy or two to pass the time during those first few anxious weeks as he settles in, your shoe collection will thank you for it!

Need more dog-related information? Simply type dog into the search bar on my blog, and be blown away.

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