DOG EQUIPMENTS: WHAT DO I NEED?

From bedding and grooming to bowls and toys, finding the perfect products and making a proper selection and the use of dog training equipment is imperative in enjoying a fun and loving relationship with your furry friend. As a dog owner or soon-to-be dog owner, there are certain things you need to keep your dog happy, healthy and content, some optional while some are necessaries.

FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
Your pet will need food and water bowls when it comes home, and there are many varieties available in the market. You can choose ceramic or stainless steel dishes, plastic crocks, and even glass bowls — but all of these place settings for your pooch have their pros as well as their cons.
• CERAMIC and GLASS DISHWARES are generally heavy and most like not become play toys but they can be really expensive, not to mention fragile. Some ceramic dishwares contain leads which can be harmful to your dog. So when you get one make sure it does not contain lead.
• STAINLESS STEEL BOWLS are usually the most expensive and the veterinarian’s choice because they are easy to clean and sanitize and obviously the most durable.
• PLASTIC CROCKS AND BOWLS are obviously the cheapest. While some can be durable, cleaned and sanitised in a dishwasher, plastic can house bacteria and residues.Dogs sometime gnaw and chew on their bowls which could lead to ingestion of plastic bits that might do internal harm to the dog.

BEDDING
What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. We make sure where we pass the night or take a rest generally is comfy. This is the also the case for your dog(s). Every time your dog goes to sleep it will need a bed, not just any but a comfortable one. The question then is: what kind of bed should I get for my dog? It is recommended that the bed you get meets the following criteria:
• The bed should be made of natural materials as synthetic products may be harmful to you companion;
• A non-skid bottom is not really to be considered if you do not mind your dog taking a hazard trip round the house every time it goes to bed but should be duly considered if you mind having it slip from under every time you dog tries to get on bed which can be injurious to your dog;
• A removable cover is important for your dog’s hygiene and your own hygiene. This is critical in keeping everybody healthy.
Dogs do not sleep in a typical fashion. By keeping an eye on your furry friend you will have an idea of the bed style that fits it. Donut-Shaped or Nest-Style Beds are ideal for dogs who love to curl up tight when they fall asleep whilst Cushion, Futon or Raised Beds fit dogs that prefer to sprawl or stretch out when they fall asleep.

TOYS
All work and no play makes, even your pooch, dull. It may be a chew toy that satisfies the need to gnaw, plush toys that provide comfort to dogs, fetching toys, rope and tug toys which help to floss teeth while the dogs plays, or critical thinking toys. All of these categories of toys go beyond giving your dog plain and simple fun; they help keep your dog mentally and physically active.

COLLARS, LEASHES AND HARNESSES
Your dog COLLAR and ID tag serves the purpose of easy identification. Saves you the stress. The collar should fit comfortably, snugly so it would not slip off still not too tight.
The LEASH, which is attached to the collar, gives you control during walks, affects the dogs comfort and safety as well. Not as a rule, it is recommended that the leash be long enough to give the dog enough freedom and you the control. Guess two can play the game then.
The HARNESS plays the same role as the collar. If your dog is energetic and frequently lunges against the leash, then a harness will be safer and more comfy than a collar.

GROOMING SUPPLIES
Grooming is a pleasurable bonding activity, and is should be made a regular part of your dog’s routine. Your dog should be groomed and should learn how to behave during the process, be it a pupil or an adult dog. Its coat will need to be washed regularly, combed and washed; its toe nails will be trimmed, ears cleaned, teeth washed and so on. As a dog owner you should have these supplies and, for sure, understand how to use them:
Blow dryer, Brush (Bristle Brushes, Wire-pin brushes, Slicker brushes, De-shedder), Comb, Conditioning spray, Cotton balls, Ear cleaning solution, Grooming table or grooming area, Nail clippers, Scissors, Shampoo and conditioner.

Investing in your dog’s equipment is imperative in having fun and enduring relationship with you dog. Invest in your dog’s comfort and fun, its health and yours. Make your home “home sweet home”, both for you and you canine companion

From bedding and grooming to bowls and toys, finding the perfect products and making a proper selection and the use of dog training equipment is imperative in enjoying a fun and loving relationship with your furry friend. As a dog owner or soon-to-be dog owner, there are certain things you need to keep your dog happy, healthy and content, some optional while some are necessaries.

FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
Your pet will need food and water bowls when it comes home, and there are many varieties available in the market. You can choose ceramic or stainless steel dishes, plastic crocks, and even glass bowls — but all of these place settings for your pooch have their pros as well as their cons.
• CERAMIC and GLASS DISHWARES are generally heavy and most like not become play toys but they can be really expensive, not to mention fragile. Some ceramic dishwares contain leads which can be harmful to your dog. So when you get one make sure it does not contain lead.
• STAINLESS STEEL BOWLS are usually the most expensive and the veterinarian’s choice because they are easy to clean and sanitize and obviously the most durable.
• PLASTIC CROCKS AND BOWLS are obviously the cheapest. While some can be durable, cleaned and sanitised in a dishwasher, plastic can house bacteria and residues.Dogs sometime gnaw and chew on their bowls which could lead to ingestion of plastic bits that might do internal harm to the dog.

BEDDING
What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. We make sure where we pass the night or take a rest generally is comfy. This is the also the case for your dog(s). Every time your dog goes to sleep it will need a bed, not just any but a comfortable one. The question then is: what kind of bed should I get for my dog? It is recommended that the bed you get meets the following criteria:
• The bed should be made of natural materials as synthetic products may be harmful to you companion;
• A non-skid bottom is not really to be considered if you do not mind your dog taking a hazard trip round the house every time it goes to bed but should be duly considered if you mind having it slip from under every time you dog tries to get on bed which can be injurious to your dog;
• A removable cover is important for your dog’s hygiene and your own hygiene. This is critical in keeping everybody healthy.
Dogs do not sleep in a typical fashion. By keeping an eye on your furry friend you will have an idea of the bed style that fits it. Donut-Shaped or Nest-Style Beds are ideal for dogs who love to curl up tight when they fall asleep whilst Cushion, Futon or Raised Beds fit dogs that prefer to sprawl or stretch out when they fall asleep.

TOYS
All work and no play makes, even your pooch, dull. It may be a chew toy that satisfies the need to gnaw, plush toys that provide comfort to dogs, fetching toys, rope and tug toys which help to floss teeth while the dogs plays, or critical thinking toys. All of these categories of toys go beyond giving your dog plain and simple fun; they help keep your dog mentally and physically active.

COLLARS, LEASHES AND HARNESSES
Your dog COLLAR and ID tag serves the purpose of easy identification. Saves you the stress. The collar should fit comfortably, snugly so it would not slip off still not too tight.
The LEASH, which is attached to the collar, gives you control during walks, affects the dogs comfort and safety as well. Not as a rule, it is recommended that the leash be long enough to give the dog enough freedom and you the control. Guess two can play the game then.
The HARNESS plays the same role as the collar. If your dog is energetic and frequently lunges against the leash, then a harness will be safer and more comfy than a collar.

GROOMING SUPPLIES
Grooming is a pleasurable bonding activity, and is should be made a regular part of your dog’s routine. Your dog should be groomed and should learn how to behave during the process, be it a pupil or an adult dog. Its coat will need to be washed regularly, combed and washed; its toe nails will be trimmed, ears cleaned, teeth washed and so on. As a dog owner you should have these supplies and, for sure, understand how to use them:
Blow dryer, Brush (Bristle Brushes, Wire-pin brushes, Slicker brushes, De-shedder), Comb, Conditioning spray, Cotton balls, Ear cleaning solution, Grooming table or grooming area, Nail clippers, Scissors, Shampoo and conditioner.

Investing in your dog’s equipment is imperative in having fun and enduring relationship with you dog. Invest in your dog’s comfort and fun, its health and yours. Make your home “home sweet home”, both for you and you canine companion

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