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What to Buy Before Adopting a Dog

To have a successful dog-human relationship, adopting a dog needs plenty of planning and preparation.

The thought of having a new, lovable pooch, whether that’s an exercise buddy or just a cuddlebug is something to definitely be excited about, but it is important to remember that dogs are living beings similar to us humans. It goes without saying that they have basic needs that owners must be able to fulfill. 

Dogs suffer from stress and anxiety when they are in a new environment and when they are separated from their previous owners. To avoid such from happening, make your new dog comfortable being with you in its new home by providing the best comfort possible. Making specific decisions involves its supplies, safe and comfortable space, and health needs. 

Considering what to prepare for the arrival of your furry friend could be overwhelming as there is tons of information online, so here are the top 5 lists of dog necessities to make your new life together as fun as possible.

  1. The Basics
  • Collars – Choose different types of collars for different occasions: A rolled collar can keep your dog’s license, identification, and rabies tags; a breakaway collar is suitable during unsupervised times as they are designed to unsnap when pulled with force; a buckle collar is appropriate when taking your new best friend for a walk since it doesn’t unclasp easily allowing your pet to run-off.
  • Food Bowls and Water Bowls – Opt for stainless steel or ceramic dog dishes that have easy-wipe interior to make cleaning less of a hassle. The dishes should have the right size to ensure that the dog’s snout would fit in, and its tongue could reach the kibble.
  • Food – Buy dry and wet dog food as both provide the necessary nutrition your new pal needs; however, don’t mix them when feeding. Each has to be served at different times. 
  1. For Outside
  • Leash – There are different kinds of leashes to choose from. Standard leashes are for everyday use and are either made from nylon, leather, rope, or hemp. Retractable leashes allow you to adjust the length of the leash if you want your dog to wander while having the control. Adjustable leashes have rings along the leash and clasps at the opposite ends. Dog leashes with special features have flashlights and built-in water bottles and waste bag dispensers.
  • Poop bags – You may decide to buy biodegradable waste bags that are easy to decompose as plastic poop bags have a detrimental effect on the environment.
  • Travel carrier – Before making up your mind which among the three styles: standard hard-sided carriers, soft-sided carriers, wearable carriers should you purchase; It’s best to know your dog’s measurements to choose the carrier that would best fit your new pet.
  • Toys – To keep your pooch entertained while playing outside, here are some of the best outdoor dog toys: tether tug, kibble nibble, animal x-tire ball, dog sprinkler, skipping stones, throwing rings among others.
  1. For Health
  • Vet visit – Taking your dog to a veterinarian is necessary within a week of bringing the furry pal home. This ensures that it is in good health or if it needs any immediate health services. Some of the tests to be taken are the initial physical exam, deworming, stool sample, and shots. Don’t forget to ask your dog’s vet to educate you on how to properly take care of your new adopted friend.
  • Vaccinations – Dogs are prone to acquiring diseases while they’re playing outside with their pals, and it is worth mentioning that some diseases are highly transmittable from other animals. Since we would want our dog to live a happy life while ensuring its health as well as your loved ones, vaccines should be made a priority.
  • Pet insurance – Purchasing insurance for your pet is a great move as it acts as a financial security net that helps ease your burden and will allow you to have peace of mind while looking after your pet’s health and wellness. In case of emergency veterinary treatment, dog medical insurance would reimburse the veterinary cost when you file a claim to your pet insurance provider by the time the vet receipt is released. 

There are many vet insurance policies you can choose from; however, if you’re looking for an affordable option that’s innovative for being a community-based, crowdsharing product, Eusoh is an excellent option. Aside from the fact that Eusoh offers a price that’s not more than $65 for full coverage, it also covers wellness expenses and routine veterinary visits, unlike most traditional pet insurance companies who fail to include the cost into their policy plans.

  1. For Inside
  • Bed – Choose comfy beds that have cushioning and insulation features to keep your furry friend warm or you can buy heating pads. Here are some of the dog beds available in the market: standard dog beds, orthopedic dog beds, and covered dog beds.
  • Crate – Your dog’s height and length determine the right dog crate whether that’s a wire crate, plastic crate, soft-sided crate, or wooden crate. Consider the crate where your dog can stand up and stretch out without being cramped. 
  • Pee pads – Best pee pads are those that are thicker as they sure have multiple layers of absorbent material and doesn’t easily tear.
  • Gates – Depending on the type of your dog, you may opt to have a low freestanding gate or a tall freestanding gate. 
  • Toys – For your four-legged family member to be accustomed to its new environment, it needs a friend, and toys including balls, stuffed toys, puzzle toys, and treat-dispensing toys are a great help, especially during crate training. 
  1. Others
  • Training – Start training your newly adopted dog right away by focusing on the five basic commands to build rapport, but bear in mind that dog training requires patience, particularly if it’s still adjusting with its new home and family. Also, an adopted dog may lack socialization skills and may cause it to act aggressively when it’s around strangers. As you build the bond between you and the dog, focus on guiding your dog to get accustomed to strangers and other animals then plan on crate training and obedience class.
  • Microchipping – Protect your dogs from being lost or stolen through a computer chip that could be implanted under your pet’s skin through injection. This can be done in your vet’s clinic. The microchip that is used to track down a lost pet will last a lifetime. Make sure that your vet scans it every year making sure that it’s functioning well. 

Wrapping It Up

Adopting a dog involves greater responsibility similar to that of having a child. Failure to prepare all the necessary supplies before the arrival of your furry friend could leave you frazzled as well as your four-legged family member. It is vital to take into account that dogs are just like us, they can sense our emotions and well-being. So if an owner is stressed out, it may stress out the dog as well.

In an effort to give your newly adopted dog a warm welcome to your home, consider following our 5 top pieces of advice. As time goes by, you’ll get pleasure from seeing your dog grateful for receiving the affection from its newfound family.

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World

To say that we’re living in stressful times would be an understatement. Being stuck indoors without knowing when things will go back to normal have prompted many people to resort to coping mechanisms, and at this time, there’s a spike in interest in fostering pets.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there’s been a nearly 70 percent increase in animals going into foster care in Los Angeles and New York City, compared to the same time period last year. What’s more, more than 600 people in NYC and LA have filed foster applications online, accounting for a 200 percent increase compared to traditional application numbers during this period.

If you, too, are considering taking a pet home, the first thing you have to do is find the breed that best fits your personality and activity level. As previously reiterated by writer Lucy Reed, you must first do a thorough assessment of your home and your level of obligation, as well as understand the responsibilities of being a dog parent. Once you’ve oriented yourself on everything you need to know, you can begin to look into the breeds that are the best fit for you.

To help you with your search, here are the most popular dog breeds in the world, along with what makes them unique:

Rottweiler

Starting off with the most popular, Rottweilers seem to be the world’s most famous canine, with the breed being the most searched for in 65 out of the 161 places included in a study by Finder. While they’re often seen as protective guardians, Rottweilers also have a soft side and can be loving and loyal companions to their owners. They have hearts as big as their bodies, and they’re incredibly intelligent. If you’re looking for a guard dog, affectionate dog, and playful dog all in one, consider fostering a Rottweiler.

Labrador Retriever

In the United States and many more countries, the Labrador Retriever remains the most popular. Dogtime notes that they first earned their keep as fisherman’s helpers, but over time, people all over the world grew to love them due to their good-natured personality and hardworking attitude. They’re smart dogs, making them easy to train, and they also adore socializing and playing games. And while they’re notorious for shedding, they’re still fairly easy to groom.

Chihuahua

Know Bruiser from Legally Blonde? His breed just so happens to be among the most popular dog breeds in countries like the Philippines, Austria, Belgium, and Spain. Not just a favorite of socialities, the Chihuahua is preferred by many because of its small size, big personality, and ability to hold its own in competitions of obedience and ability. Chihuahuas are also known to adapt well to apartment living, making them popular for newbie dog owners. They’re sweet and affectionate, and they’re easy to groom, too.

Pug

Another dog that is deemed fashionable is the pug, a breed that is extremely popular in 17 countries, such as Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, and New Zealand. Their adorable squashed faces and playful nature alone are enough to make you want to adopt them. Better Homes and Gardens notes that pugs make for an ideal apartment or house dog because they require minimal exercise. They also need minimal maintenance, so you don’t have to worry too much about grooming. Pugs thrive in social settings and love being around people and other pets. And while they have lots of energy as puppies, they also tend to be stubborn at times, so it’s best to train them early.

Maltese

The Maltese breed is loved by people all over the globe, especially folks from Italy, South Korea, Poland, and of course, Malta. They’re famous for their compact size—even when they grow up, their small bodies make it seem like they’re still puppies. Even if this is the case, they’re small but terrible. The American Kennel Club highlights how they make for perfect alert watchdogs, as they’re typically fearless. Despite their long, straight hair, they don’t shed as much. They’re also known to be little athletes and can easily crush it on agility courses.

Content written by Jaida Bane for blog.eusoh.com