Firstly, congratulations! Life with a dog is just better. As a new dog owner, you must be prepared with the necessary items to provide your canine companion with a comfortable and safe environment. There are five must-have essentials that every new dog owner should have in order to care for your new furry family member.

1. High-quality food

The first essential item is a high-quality dog food that meets the specific nutritional needs of your dog. It is important to choose a food that is appropriate for your dog’s age, size, and activity level in order to promote optimal health and well-being.

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2. A comfy bed

Another essential item for new dog owners is a comfortable and durable bed for their pet to rest and sleep on. Providing a designated space for your dog to relax will help them feel secure and at ease in their new home.

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3. Grooming supplies

In addition to food and bedding, new dog owners should also invest in grooming supplies such as brushes, nail clippers, and shampoo. Regular grooming is essential for maintaining your dog’s coat and overall hygiene.

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4. Treats and toys!

This one is certainly something dogs everywhere would agree with! It is crucial for new dog owners to have appropriate toys and treats on hand to keep their pooch entertained and mentally stimulated. Toys can help prevent boredom and destructive behaviour while treats can be used as rewards during training sessions (and just because!)

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A collar/harness and lead

Lastly, every new dog owner should have a sturdy lead and collar/harness for walking their pet outdoors. In addition, the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar/harness with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.

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