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The other supplies needed for happy dogs are simple:
A weighted food and water bowl. Dogs, especially puppies, seem to have a fondness for playing in their dinner as much as eating it. A well made crate or dog house, depending on whether or not dog will be an inside or outside dog; at least three leashes of varying lengths, used for training and walking purposes. The book you get will explain how different sized leashes are used in training. Chew toys, chew toys, chew toys. Dogs, especially puppies, need to exercise their gums regularly and unless you plan on replacing your furniture, your expensive crown molding and your slippers on a regular basis, get your new friend a wide selection of chew toys. And finally, DOG FOOD! Despite what some animal rights groups would have you believe, dogs are carnivores. They eat meat. So check ingredients. If corn and other types of vegetables is first ingredient listed, your new four-legged friend is not getting what he needs. Look for chicken or beef to be listed as first ingredient.
A few more supplies you will need as dog gets older, but aren’t necessarily mandatory when you first get your puppy include; a good brush, ID tag and dog treats. Treats are better utilized as just that – treats. Instead of using treats as a training aid, substitute your dog’s favorite toy. Trust me, after about a month you will discover what his favorite toy is.
And now for supplies that might be fun to have. Squeaky toys are very cute in store and your dog will love them. But they will get very old very quickly. Imagine this scenario. You’ve just walked in front door from a long day at work. You sit down to watch TV and decompress and from other side of room you hear, “Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak.” That will get old very quickly.
And even though they’re cute, please save your dog’s dignity and avoid buying any clothes, designer or otherwise, for Fido. Have you ever really looked at a dog’s face when he’s wearing clothes? He’s embarrassed. A good rule of thumb to use is this – if you wouldn’t be seen in public wearing it, don’t make your dog wear it. Have fun with your new family member.
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