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Dog Supplies: What's Needed Versus What Might Be Fun to Have


Buying a new dog is more than simply finding the cutest puppy in the store and buying a bag of dog food. Acquiring a new canine is nearly as important as adopting a child. They need constant attention and love and buying the proper supplies can be as confusing as deciding what kind of dog to get in the first place. So I'm here to help you.

When you first walk into a pet store you will be bombarded by everything from designer clothes to dog food, and the salesmen are rarely any help. They're goal is to sell you everything you lay your eyes on. But in reality there are really only a few basic things you need to make your new family member comfortable and you a happy dog owner.

First and foremost, buy a book about your breed. All breeds are very different and have different needs and personality quirks. But at the same time, don't think of the book as the end all and be all of how your dog is supposed to behave. Like people, dogs each have their own personalities. The book is there simply to give you guidance.

Second, get a good collar. Make sure you can stick at least two fingers between the dog's skin and the collar. Also make sure you get a collar that allows plenty of room for growth. Some breeds grow very fast and you don't want to be replacing the collar every two weeks during your puppy's first year. Also, get a good training collar. These come in many, many sizes and types. The two most popular types are called the choke chain and the German pinch collar. But don't let the names scare you. These two training collars are the best for teaching your dog to heal and to walk on the end of a leash without jerking your arm out of the socket.

Both collars have their pros and cons. The choke chain is easy to use and doesn't "look" cruel. But you have to replace it as the dog gets bigger and depending on the breed, this can get very expensive. The German choke chain "looks" evil but as the dog grows bigger you can simply add additional links. But the biggest thing to remember with both collars is to "never" use the collar as your dog's everyday collar. Dog owner's can grow very lazy when using these collars and forget to check them. It's not uncommon for an owner to forget to check the collar and end up having to cut the collar off because the dog grew so big the collar would no longer fit over its head. Choke chains and German pinch collars are to be used for training purposes only.

The other supplies needed for happy dogs are simple:

* A weighted food and water bowl. Dogs, especially puppies, seem to have a fondness for playing in their dinner as much as eating it.

* A well made crate or dog house, depending on whether or not the dog will be an inside or outside dog; at least three leashes of varying lengths, used for training and walking purposes. The book you get will explain how the different sized leashes are used in training.

* Chew toys, chew toys, chew toys. Dogs, especially puppies, need to exercise their gums regularly and unless you plan on replacing your furniture, your expensive crown molding and your slippers on a regular basis, get your new friend a wide selection of chew toys.

* And finally, DOG FOOD! Despite what some animal rights groups would have you believe, dogs are carnivores. They eat meat. So check the ingredients. If corn and other types of vegetables is the first ingredient listed, your new four-legged friend is not getting what he needs. Look for chicken or beef to be listed as the first ingredient.

A few more supplies you will need as the dog gets older, but aren't necessarily mandatory when you first get your puppy include; a good brush, ID tag and dog treats. Treats are better utilized as just that - treats. Instead of using treats as a training aid, substitute your dog's favorite toy. Trust me, after about a month you will discover what his favorite toy is.

And now for the supplies that might be fun to have. Squeaky toys are very cute in the store and your dog will love them. But they will get very old very quickly. Imagine this scenario. You've just walked in the front door from a long day at work. You sit down to watch TV and decompress and from the other side of the room you hear, "Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak." That will get old very quickly.

And even though they're cute, please save your dog's dignity and avoid buying any clothes, designer or otherwise, for Fido. Have you ever really looked at a dog's face when he's wearing clothes? He's embarrassed. A good rule of thumb to use is this - if you wouldn't be seen in public wearing it, don't make your dog wear it. Have fun with your new family member.

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Allen Shaw is a successful author who provides pet tips and information for dog supplies and pet supplies. "I am the news director at USA News Network and have been working as freelance writer for 2 years. I've been published in a few magazines, newspapers and websites and my specialty up to this point has been movie and music reviews."


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Live and Learn: Pawsing for some pets on the road to recovery  SouthCoastToday.com

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Gregory's Gift of Hope provides pets with a second chance  RiverTowns

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Benefits of having a pet  CNN

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Premier Pet Supply offers special promotion  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Health risks to pets from marijuana exposure  Agri News

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Teen makes tiny bow ties to help dapper shelter pets find forever homes  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

Colorado lawmakers consider landmark animal rights bill banning shelters from euthanizing pets over lack of space - FOX 31 Denver
Colorado lawmakers consider landmark animal rights bill banning shelters from euthanizing pets over lack of space  FOX 31 Denver

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Pause for Paws event offers free microchipping services for first 100 pets  KHON2

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Pets of the Week  Morganton News Herald

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Pampered Pets Inn raises money for Lake Norman Humane  Statesville Record & Landmark

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Five pets die in Vancouver house fire  KATU

How to prevent and treat allergies in pets - WWNY
How to prevent and treat allergies in pets  WWNY

George Washington's Pets - Alabama Public Radio
George Washington's Pets  Alabama Public Radio

Pets of the Week: Feb. 22, 2020 - Washington Daily News - thewashingtondailynews.com
Pets of the Week: Feb. 22, 2020 - Washington Daily News  thewashingtondailynews.com

Battle Creek Police: Too many are ignoring or unaware pet license law - WWMT-TV
Battle Creek Police: Too many are ignoring or unaware pet license law  WWMT-TV

Check out these 12 adoptable pets to brighten your day: Feb. 22-23 - SILive.com
Check out these 12 adoptable pets to brighten your day: Feb. 22-23  SILive.com

For the love of pets | Monticello - ECM Publishers
For the love of pets | Monticello  ECM Publishers

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Is PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At Its Intrinsic Value  Yahoo Finance

Pets with Potential: Giovanni Cheeks McGee - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Giovanni Cheeks McGee  WCAX

6 important tips to make that pet camping trip a success - TribLIVE
6 important tips to make that pet camping trip a success  TribLIVE

MAPS Pets of the Week: Meet Francine, Tallulah, Ambrosia, and Chicken Noodle - Hub City Times
MAPS Pets of the Week: Meet Francine, Tallulah, Ambrosia, and Chicken Noodle  Hub City Times

Shelter gets grant for 'Pets for Military Vets' program - The Morning Sun
Shelter gets grant for 'Pets for Military Vets' program  The Morning Sun

Guest Column: Our pets deserve better | Columns - Daily Astorian
Guest Column: Our pets deserve better | Columns  Daily Astorian

Pet owners tell 5 On Your Side they didn't know about potential complications from flea, tick medications - WRAL.com
Pet owners tell 5 On Your Side they didn't know about potential complications from flea, tick medications  WRAL.com

Boulder-based Waggit sells first 1,000 digital wearables for pets - Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder-based Waggit sells first 1,000 digital wearables for pets  Boulder Daily Camera

In debt for pets: Americans spend billions a year on their animals - WIFR
In debt for pets: Americans spend billions a year on their animals  WIFR

Pets of the Week: Chorkie and Kooper - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Pets of the Week: Chorkie and Kooper  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Oh My Goodness: N.J. Teen’s Little Bow Ties Helping Dapper Pets Find Forever Homes  CBS New York

Raising Cane's donates $1135 to support local pets at Fuzzy Friends Rescue - KXXV News Channel 25
Raising Cane's donates $1135 to support local pets at Fuzzy Friends Rescue  KXXV News Channel 25

Vets and advocates say legislation may harm, not help, pets locked in hot cars - WZDX
Vets and advocates say legislation may harm, not help, pets locked in hot cars  WZDX

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'Who's a Good Beer?' Ohio brewery launching new cans with adoptable pets  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Keep pets safe, inside during inclement weather - WCTI12.com
Keep pets safe, inside during inclement weather  WCTI12.com

Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Ali, Baxter, & Benny - SweetwaterNOW.com
Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Ali, Baxter, & Benny  SweetwaterNOW.com

CCSPCA Pet of the Week: Mimi - Santa Maria Times
CCSPCA Pet of the Week: Mimi  Santa Maria Times

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Celebrating shelter pets: Hopkins Academy grad's 'Shelter Me' series continues on PBS this weekend  GazetteNET

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More than 20 pets dead, others missing after Middletown house fire  WLWT Cincinnati

PAWS talk: Protecting pets from Lyme, other tickborne illnesses - PenBayPilot.com
PAWS talk: Protecting pets from Lyme, other tickborne illnesses  PenBayPilot.com

Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Praline & Tiarra - Patch.com
Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Praline & Tiarra  Patch.com

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Do Dogs Make the Best Pets? Milk-Bone’s New Ads Make a Compelling Case  Adweek

Photos: Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Photos: Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Keeping your pets safe as Pearl River rises in Marion County  WDAM

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Local News Should You Use CBD Oil On Your Pet? Katie Keleher 8:33 PM, Feb  kjrh.com

KCAS Pets of the Week: Malinda and Seth - WOODTV.com
KCAS Pets of the Week: Malinda and Seth  WOODTV.com

PHOTOS: This week’s adorable, adoptable pets from KHS - WAVE 3
PHOTOS: This week’s adorable, adoptable pets from KHS  WAVE 3

Photos: Cute and Furry: Adoptable Pets From Forever Paws - Fall River Herald News
Photos: Cute and Furry: Adoptable Pets From Forever Paws  Fall River Herald News

Which country spends the most on its pets? - The Economist
Which country spends the most on its pets?  The Economist

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Hundreds of people and pets join Paw Walk at botanic garden ...North County events  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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KSBW Pets of the Week: Forrest Gump and Lt. Dan  KSBW Monterey

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Pets of the Week: February 20, 2020  WSIL TV

Love Your Pet Day: 9 ways your favorite creature can improve your health - CNN
Love Your Pet Day: 9 ways your favorite creature can improve your health  CNN

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Photos: Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Think you're over-vaccinating your pets? Why you shouldn't skip out on their shots  ABC6OnYourSide.com

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Here are 11 pets from Boston.com readers to brighten your day  Boston.com

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Vital Essentials Hosts Hemp Expert at Global Pet Expo  Benzinga

Now Open: Raleigh artist creates one of a kind custom shoes featuring your pets - WTVD-TV
Now Open: Raleigh artist creates one of a kind custom shoes featuring your pets  WTVD-TV

Minnesota bill pushes for pet adoptions, would ban dog and cat sales from commercial breeders at pet stores - KAAL
Minnesota bill pushes for pet adoptions, would ban dog and cat sales from commercial breeders at pet stores  KAAL

Students hard at work for 14th annual PAWS Pet House Challenge - Carolinacoastonline
Students hard at work for 14th annual PAWS Pet House Challenge  Carolinacoastonline

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Most pet-friendly cities in America  msnNOW

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OSU Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners Of CBD Concerns  news9.com KWTV

3 displaced by fire; pet feared dead | News - KCTV Kansas City
3 displaced by fire; pet feared dead | News  KCTV Kansas City

Syracuse animal advocates 'link' elderly, disabled & veteran pet owners to resources - CNYcentral.com
Syracuse animal advocates 'link' elderly, disabled & veteran pet owners to resources  CNYcentral.com

Columbus Humane offering services in addition to pet adoption - ABC6OnYourSide.com
Columbus Humane offering services in addition to pet adoption  ABC6OnYourSide.com

Pets of the week: These cute strays are read to fill your home with love - MLive.com
Pets of the week: These cute strays are read to fill your home with love  MLive.com

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Opening date revealed for The Secret Life of Pets ride  Theme Park Insider

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Pet of the Week: Sweet Stanley wants to be your new best friend  Helena Independent Record

7 tips for becoming the best pet owner ever - Fox11online.com
7 tips for becoming the best pet owner ever  Fox11online.com

Photos of Pigeon and Chihuahua in NY Shelter for Pets With Disabilities Are Melting Hearts Worldwide - NBC New York
Photos of Pigeon and Chihuahua in NY Shelter for Pets With Disabilities Are Melting Hearts Worldwide  NBC New York

Pet of the Week: Mojo - County 17
Pet of the Week: Mojo  County 17

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PET TALK: Shrink your carbon pawprint with eco-friendly pet care  Chron.com

‘Fear-Free’ Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners - The New York Times
‘Fear-Free’ Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners  The New York Times

Pet oxygen masks donated to Middletown firefighters - WAVE 3
Pet oxygen masks donated to Middletown firefighters  WAVE 3

Pet food drive aims to help elderly animal lovers avoid hunger - KWTX
Pet food drive aims to help elderly animal lovers avoid hunger  KWTX

Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day - 47abc - WMDT
Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day - 47abc  WMDT

Pet Insurance Firm Pumpkin Signs in Chelsea - Commercial Observer
Pet Insurance Firm Pumpkin Signs in Chelsea  Commercial Observer

Missouri law would penalize pet owners for misrepresenting pets as service animals - KY3
Missouri law would penalize pet owners for misrepresenting pets as service animals  KY3

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Benny - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Benny  KCBD

Pampered pets: From acupuncture to specialty diets, how Americans shell out billions a year on their 4-legged - WFTV Orlando
Pampered pets: From acupuncture to specialty diets, how Americans shell out billions a year on their 4-legged  WFTV Orlando

Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets - Science Daily
Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets  Science Daily

Katie: Adoptable Pet of the Week - The Daily World
Katie: Adoptable Pet of the Week  The Daily World

Missing puppy from Madisonville pet spa found - FOX19
Missing puppy from Madisonville pet spa found  FOX19

Pets parade for New York fashionista crowd - Reuters
Pets parade for New York fashionista crowd  Reuters

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Meet our pets of the week: A potbellied pig, a beagle mix and a cat  STLtoday.com

PICTURES: 2020 Annual Mardi Gras Purina Pet Parade part1 - KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
PICTURES: 2020 Annual Mardi Gras Purina Pet Parade part1  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

NJ pets in need: Feb. 17, 2020 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Feb. 17, 2020  NJ.com

Have multiple pets? This high-tech pet feeder is going to solve all of Fido and Fluffy's food squabbles for good - Yahoo Lifestyle
Have multiple pets? This high-tech pet feeder is going to solve all of Fido and Fluffy's food squabbles for good  Yahoo Lifestyle

New technology allows pet owners to spy on every sniff and shredded slipper - Seattle Times
New technology allows pet owners to spy on every sniff and shredded slipper  Seattle Times

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/19/20) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/19/20)  ABC15 Arizona

Pet of the Week: Poinsettia - WMC
Pet of the Week: Poinsettia  WMC

Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Smudge - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Smudge  KBTX

Reducing your pet's carbon pawprint - KARE11.com
Reducing your pet's carbon pawprint  KARE11.com

Coronavirus: Volunteers rush to help pets trapped in locked-down Wuhan - NBC News
Coronavirus: Volunteers rush to help pets trapped in locked-down Wuhan  NBC News

Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too - TIME
Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

Dead, sick puppies taken from Ypsilanti Township pet store - MLive.com
Dead, sick puppies taken from Ypsilanti Township pet store  MLive.com

Coming soon: More pet camping sites at Pennsylvania state parks - TribLIVE
Coming soon: More pet camping sites at Pennsylvania state parks  TribLIVE

Thursday's temperatures pose danger to kids and pets - WIBW
Thursday's temperatures pose danger to kids and pets  WIBW

Tyrone is pet of the week - Herald-Mail Media
Tyrone is pet of the week  Herald-Mail Media

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Pet Diabetes Care Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)  GlobeNewswire

It's National Love Your Pet Day, and you're sharing photos of your animals - TribLIVE
It's National Love Your Pet Day, and you're sharing photos of your animals  TribLIVE

A vet in your pocket: New ways to help ill pets - BBC News
A vet in your pocket: New ways to help ill pets  BBC News

Gianficaro: Love your pet while you can - Opinion - Bucks County Courier Times
Gianficaro: Love your pet while you can - Opinion  Bucks County Courier Times

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