This new owners guide is based on interesting facts for dogs. Before buying a dog do we ever stop to think ‘how much is that‘ before buying a dog and what it might need. The initial layout is not something we stop to consider, but once we’ve bought the dog we’ll go into a panic.
Things that should cross our minds ought to be ‘the cost of the actual dog’, ‘essentials and non-essential’, ‘accessories or necessities’, ‘what do I feed a new dog?’ and ‘budgeting’ and so on.
Interesting facts for dogs – the essentials
It can be difficult to know what to buy as there are so many products on the market. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help out! Outlined below are a few essentials and non-essentials, which could prove beneficial for your present situation or to use at a later date. You don’t have to buy the exact products as this is merely a guide.
Some interesting facts for dogs and owners is budging. Purchase what you need initially, then make a monthly budget allowance for food etc. It’s good practice to have a monthly budget. With any excess money, you carry it over to the following month; this is essential for rainy days and emergencies. Allow the money to build up in a special dog account; this way, it’s always your dog’s money. Never be tempted to spend the surplus cash – it’s your dogs!
These interesting facts for dogs are to help you become aware of what you need. As you read this article, your senses may trigger other essentials that may not even be listed here. This is okay, but before buying anything always check the latest reviews. Bear in mind, anything you buy will need replacing at some point, products don’t last forever.
Some essential interesting facts for dogs are as follows:
- Don’t waste your money on overly priced insurance deals, you might be surprised that they’re not the best.
- Leashes vary depending upon the quality, but they are generally inexpensive.
- Collars vary depending upon the quality, but they are generally inexpensive.
- Groomers are good at their job, but they can be pricey. You can do a great DIY job by grooming your dog yourself, check out this grooming guide; it is very easy.
- Micro-chipping is inexpensive and is now a legal requirement in many countries, check your country’s laws.
- A bed can be a folded fluffy duvet or something more costly such as Eco Vet Bed or a Fleece Stuffed Bed. If you live in England, a Profleece is highly recommended.
- Poop bags are inexpensive and are a necessity, i In some countries, if caught you’re not using them you can be fined.
- Two bowls per dog, if it’s in your budget a non-slip Road Refresher No Spill Portable Pet Bowl. A food bowl is also essential, consider a slow eating bowl.
- Whatever dog food you choose, it should primarily fit into your budget and your dog needs to like it. Keep your dog healthy with good nutrition, you could avoid many trips to the vet.
- Toys – most dogs are happy with a resilient ball and a raw bone; a tough Nylabone Dura Chew Bone will last many months. Use products that have a dual purpose for chewing and cleaning their teeth.
- Choose natural dog worming products, over the counter or prescription treatments to ward off worms in dogs?
- Have you ever pondered what could be the best flea treatment for dogs and what are the signs, symptoms and the cycle of fleas.
- Dog owners tend to add supplements whether they feed dried, raw or home-made. They are a good addition to their food even if you use small amounts.
- Dog vaccinations are usually administered yearly once your pet is one-year-old.
Interesting facts for dogs – the non-essentials
- A reflective dog coat is good for cold and rainy weather; they are inexpensive, but prices vary according to the size of your dog.
- A dog muzzle is not always associated with vicious dogs. They can be used to tame unwanted dog behavior or are used for dogs who likes to eat anything and everything off the ground, which could incur in nasty vet bill.
- A training lead are good options, some countries call them dominance leads; these can be picked up at your local store and very cheap.
- Saddle back bags are good such as Ruffwear; these are designed to carry 10% of their body weight. We love these; they are very handy, but are quite expensive and prices can vary because of dog sizes. Beware of cheaper versions.
- A crate is very helpful for a dog to learn how to behave. It was invaluable for one of our dogs, but wasn’t necessary for our other three.
- Dog harnesses vary depending upon the quality and do their prices, but they are generally inexpensive. Harnesses encourage a dog to pull for a particular sport. If you buy a saddle back bag some harnesses are already attached.
- Quality head-gear such as Kisi Canine or even better dogmatic. These encourage a dog to stop pulling, avoid the Halty brand, they ride up the nose and into dog’s eyes causing pain and discomfort.
The fun facts for dogs and us!
- Waterproof coat
- Waterproof leggings
- Waterproof walking or hiking boots
- An MP3 player or similar to listen to some good music whilst walking
- A hat and some sunglasses if the weather is hot and sunny
- A flask of good coffee or tea
Dogs are not just an animal, but are your best friend and will be living as part of your family and joining in with your lifestyle for the next fifteen years or so. Arm yourselves with truthful facts about dogs, be responsible owners and take into consideration healthier options, be prepared to cope well in every situation.