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Dog Supplies - Properly Supplying Your Pooch

Oct 22, 2007
If you have just gotten a dog or are thinking of getting one, there are a lot of dog supplies you need to make sure to have on hand.

Some dog supplies, you likely have already thought of, such as bowls, a bed and a leash, but there are other dog supplies you may not have really considered, such as a house, the right toys and grooming tools.

All dogs need their own food and water bowls. These should be the first dog supplies you buy. Depending on the kind of dog you have, you may need to make different bowl choices. If you have a small dog, you will need a bowl that is low to the ground and does not have too tall of sides. They could make it hard for him to get his neck over the side to eat or drink. If you have a big breed dog, the dog supplies will change. You will need to have a bowl that is elevated off the ground, as they should not have to crane their neck too low to get to their food and water.

No matter the dog, he needs a bed. All dogs like a place that they can call their own. Their beds are their safe havens. When buying these dog supplies, read the recommendations to make sure they are the right size for your pet. Also make sure it is comfortable and soft to save your dog health problems from being on the hard floor.

If you are going to take your dog for walks, and are lacking a backyard to just let them go in, your next item on the dog supplies list should be a leash. You need to be able to control your dog on a walk, but there are a number of options of ways to do this. If you have a dog that pulls a lot, you may want to skip the typical leash and collar and go with a harness leash set.

If your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors, you should definitely have a doghouse on your dog supplies list. Dogs need a place to be able to escape the sun and rain as well as a place to feel safe in their yard. If you get a lot of rain, make sure the doghouse is elevated so your dog does not end up sitting in the pooling water.

If you have a long-haired dog, you are going to find grooming items very necessary to have on your dog supplies list. Long hair dogs are great at getting tangles and finding a way to get things matted into their hair. By brushing it regularly and keeping them clean, you will help keep their coat more manageable.

And all dogs need toys. Some dogs like rope toys and others like squeaky toys, and some like everything. You will be able to figure that out through trial and error. The one thing you can control is making sure to buy toys that are the right size for your dog's mouth
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Jesse Akre, author, gives advice on purchasing dog beds, dog houses and dog furniture. Shop dog supplies .
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