Before you bring your new dog home, you’ll want to make sure you have the house sufficiently prepared and ready for the new arrival. This actually involves more than just buying things for the dog… your house will need some adjustments too!
If the dog you’re adopting has bad habits, or if it’s a puppy, you’ll need to make sure that any valuables or items you don’t want destroyed are out of reach from the height of a dog – that means no shoes left laying around anymore, because you can bet those will soon be destroyed if left for the dog to get a hold of!
Once you have your house ready, you’ll need to buy everything to have ready for your dog’s arrival. Take a look at the list below to see what you’ll need to purchase for your new family member.
- Dog bedding – to avoid your dog getting used to sleeping on your bed or furniture, make sure you have a bed dedicated to him or her. Consider what size the dog will need once it’s fully grown (to avoid having to replace it once the dog gets bigger)
- Dog grooming tools – depending on the breed of your dog, you may need to invest in some dog grooming supplies. Dog brushes, shampoo and clippers will need to be purchased for dogs that have long coats and/or shed their fur a lot
- Dog toys – it’s crucial your dog has enough toys to keep him or her preoccupied, so that they don’t end up biting and chewing on items in the house that they’re not meant to. A mixture of soft, plastic and editable toys is most ideal
- Dog accessories – for the dog walking, you’ll need to get a quality leash, collar and/or harness. If you live in an area that gets cold, harsh weather, you may want to invest in a decent dog jacket