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Bringing a new dog or puppy into the house is an exciting time! But there are some things you will need to consider buying before welcoming your new family member into the house. As well as making a shift in your lifestyle, you will need to dog-proof the house, ensure your home is secured, and that you have everything you will need in prep for your furry friend. Not sure where to start? Here are the top bits of equipment you will need to purchase.

Bedding

Your new dog is going to need somewhere comfortable to sleep, so make sure you buy a bed that is big enough for him to grow into and to stretch out in. A lot of puppies like snuggling into a synthetic type of sheepskin called vetbed. Not only will your dog love it, but it is hygienic, washable, non-allergenic and pretty resistant to chewing and biting. It can also help prevent pressure sores on older dogs! If you can, buy two then while one is in the wash and drying, your pup will still be able to sleep soundly.

Dog house

Some circumstances dictate that your dog cannot sleep in the house with you, or maybe they just prefer to live outside, and in this case, you will need to buy a dog house for them to snooze in. You can choose between either a wooden or plastic dog house, and you can read about the differences at http://www.pawcastle.com/. If this is a route you decide to go down, you will need to make sure that your woofer is warm and comfortable in winter, and cool and calm in the summer. Some plastic dog houses are also great for transporting your dog, and are even airline approved.  So if you plan to travel, this could be a great solution. However, if your dog would rather sleep inside with you, then a nice, big bed like we talked about in the paragraph above would be great.

Grooming equipment

Short-coated dogs need to be groomed regularly, especially when they are molting as their short hairs can get stuck on and in everything. Breeds with medium to long coats will need to have their hair gently detangled every day to keep their coat knot free. Buying the correct supplies for your dog is important so that they are happy and comfortable at all times. Sometimes, it may be worth taking your dog to a professional groomer, especially in the warmer months when they may need to get their hair cut!

Leads

Choose a lead which is suitable for the size and breed of your dog. Not too long, not too short, and not too heavy.  It should be comfortable for you to hold in your hands. Rope leads tend to be strong and comfortable to hold; chain leads can hurt your hands, but may be necessary if you have a dog who is prone to chewing through their leads; nylon leads are strong, but can also be painful to hold if your dog pulls a lot. Whatever type you choose, be sure to attach it to the D-ring on the collar, rather than the collar itself, as it is more likely to snap.

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