Is it your first time to have a pet dog? If it is, then you will need to gather lots of important dog supplies before you can finally bring your canine pal home.
To ensure that your new pet is happy and comfortable, there are certain items you need to prepare in advance. But with so many things on display inside a pet supplies store, it’s easy to get confused about what you need to buy.
Fortunately, a Dubai pet food company has listed the eight essential dog grooming and training accessories that you shouldn’t forget to place in your shopping bag.
After a nice play session at the park, a muddy and stinky dog will need a good shampoo to get rid of all the dirt and smells he picked up. Find a shampoo with plant-based ingredients and no harsh chemicals. There are high-quality shampoos that include a conditioning formula which helps moisturize your dog’s skin and detangle matted fur.
2. Toothbrush and toothpaste
To fight tooth decay, you need to get a toothbrush and toothpaste specially formulated for dogs. At a minimum, try to brush your canine’s teeth monthly.
Dogs love to find all things disgusting, lick them, and then proceed to lick their human’s face. A good tooth brushing can help remove any nasty stuff from your dog’s mouth.
Regular brushing is important for your dog’s coat. However, make sure to choose the right brush as the wrong one can cause irritation, infection or brush burn.
Here are the different kinds of brushes:
— Bristle brushes: These are suitable for short-haired and smooth-coated dogs that shed frequently. Bristle brushes are effective on breeds like Pugs and Jack Russell Terriers.
— Slicker brushes: These have fine, short wires situated close together on a flat surface. These are usually used on medium to long-haired or curly-haired dogs to get rid of mats.
— Rakes: These are designed to penetrate a dog’s thick coat to remove dead undercoat as well as tangles. Like a razor, you should use this brush with minimal pressure. Use rakes on thick-haired dogs like Malamutes, Chow Chows, and German Shepherds.
If you have a dog with thick fur, you will need a high-quality clipper that fits your hand correctly. This ensures comfort as well as precision. Before you buy, do your research and find a clipper with a powerful motor that can hold up over time.
1. Dog treats
When using a positive reinforcement method for dog training, dog treats are essential. The use of treats is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your pup motivated to maintain good behavior. Dog treats come in different varieties, so make sure to find one that your canine loves and would be willing to work for.
Remember, training treats should be small and easy for your pup to eat quickly.
2. Dog bed
Just like you, your dog needs his own comfortable bed. He needs a safe place where he can relax and enjoy some personal time, especially if you don’t want him sleeping on your bed. Don’t forget to get your pup a soft bed that is big enough for him to curl up in when he goes to sleep.
A dog bed is quite handy as you can bring it with you when you travel so your pup has something that feels and smells like home. You can choose from different types of dog beds, such as…
— Tweed beds
— Plastic beds
— Oval beds
— Quilted mattress beds
— Waterproof beds
— Fleece beds
3. Dog toys
If you don’t want your new pup to get bored, you’ll need to stock up on fun dog toys. Your pup will need entertainment so that he doesn’t end up chewing your expensive furniture instead. The type of toy you buy should depend on what your dog likes, so it’s best to first buy a few different kinds, then see which ones he spends more time with.
Playing with your pet on a regular basis provides mental stimulation as well as strengthens your bond with each other. Examples of dog toys that you can get include…
— Bone toys
— Retrieval toys
— Tug of war toys
— Soft toys
4. Dog collar and leash
A collar and a leash play an important role during dog training. There are different types of collars, and the one you should buy may depend on the type of training that the dog will undergo.
— Flat or martingale collar: Perfect for positive reinforcement dog training
— Head halter or harness: Suitable for dogs who are challenging to handle on a walk
When you choose a leash for your dog, avoid retractable ones. These will only teach your pet that he’s allowed to wander at will. Instead, select a standard six-foot leash that will keep your dog close.
Get your accessories ready
Every dog owner understands the struggle of keeping a pup clean and well-behaved. With the right accessories in your arsenal, grooming and training your dog can become a whole lot easier to do.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a BSC in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.