Having a dog you love to be with is one of the best things in the world.
A dog can bring so much happiness into your life. For some dogs, the feeling of being part of a family can’t be beaten.
There are times when a dog needs to find a good home, and if you plan to take on this responsibility yourself, then there will be many things that need to be taken care of.
You will likely encounter issues deciding what accessories you will need to keep your new dog or puppy safe and comfortable. To help you out, here we go through FIVE accessories every dog owner must invest in:
1. A Comfy Bed
If your new dog is a bed hog, there’s no better way to ensure that they get their fair share of sleep than with a comfy bed of his or her own.
A comfy bed can be used as anything from a couch to a bed, but if you’re looking for something to last, a crate mat is the way to go. They’re made from vinyl and come in various sizes, so you can choose one that best fits your dog’s size. The mat also has an adhesive underside for easy installation onto your crate or under another mattress if needed.
2. Pee Pads
Pee pads are a great way to give your dog a sense of privacy, but they aren’t just for potty training. They can be used for other reasons, for instance if your dog is anxious about leaving the house or getting into the car. Purchase pee pads for your dog, as they have numerous benefits:
— Provide an area for your dog to relieve himself.
— Help prevent accidents by keeping dogs from urinating in places they shouldn’t be.
— Keeps floors clean by eliminating tracking dirt and debris.
— Keeps you from having to clean up after an accident on the carpet.
3. A Sturdy Leash
In the summer dogs love to play in the yard and run around the neighborhood. In the winter months, they will be more likely to stay indoors. But regardless of where you live, having a sturdy leash is essential for walking your dog in any season or weather.
A good rule of thumb is to always buy a leash that is at least two-times as long as your dog’s body length. If he/she is small and very short-legged, you may want to go with three times his/her height, or maybe even four times his/her height as an extra precaution.
4. A Convenient Flea & Tick Collar
The best way to prevent fleas and ticks from infesting your dog is by keeping them at bay. A convenient flea and tick collar is a must-have for any pet owner.
A flea and tick collar can be used as a preventive measure or as a treatment when your dog has already been exposed to these pests. Some collars treat existing infestations as well as prevent future ones from happening.
The convenience of using one of these collars is that you don’t need to do anything else apart from putting the collar on your pet’s neck once a month (more frequently if needed). The collar will then release an insecticide into the environment, killing any bugs it comes into contact with.
5. Chew Toys
Chew toys can be made of anything from rubber to antlers. They are an excellent way for your dog to chew on something that is not food but yet helps keep their minds busy. A chew toys should be big enough so that your dog can’t swallow it whole, yet small enough so that your dog can get his or her mouth around it.
You should also ensure that the toy has no small parts that a dog could possibly choke on. If you have a dog who likes to chew on bones, make sure they are tough enough so they won’t break apart while being chewed on.
By And Large
We love to get the latest and greatest in gadgets, but sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. These five accessories are the most valuable and practical for our canine companions.