Choosing the right breed to become your new family member is a hard working process. Especially it is hard for those, who have never owned any pets, since people, who had one before already know what to expect and buy before the arrival of the puppy. To help those, who have decided to get their first pet, we prepared few “must-have” things to get, before the “D-day” arrives.
If you bought your puppy at a good breeder he probably told you what you need to know more specifically to the breed. Others can find some help in the next few paragraphs.
Put some blankets, pillows and toys into box and dog will love to take it for its own!
Another space you need to set up is your dogs feeding place. Choose the right bowl according to your dogs size and think about getting some extra for the travelling cases. For going around it is great to have silicon bowl that foldes and takes as little space as possible.
Buying collar and lead of the right size is for sure a must have. But do not forget to buy some poo-bags as well! Take advantage of the time you spend out with your dog, get your pockets full of treats and work on his skills! Only regular practice will result in a well mannared pooch.
Working with coat
Every dog needs regular care. Even with shortcoated breeds, you have to do some work (even though you might thought that will be easily skipped).
Owners of the long-coated breeds will mostlikely buy different brushes and combs to controll the coats, but you actually don’t need that much. Most important is to get a slicker brush of the right size, with wich you brush through coat and knots if there are any. Some will prefer to use pin brush for everyday use, to brush through dense coat (longer pins for havier coated breeds). Just remember that pin is not used to brush out the knots, that is why you have a slicker brush to help you out. Try avoiding any combs, as those are not useful for brushing out any of the knots – you can use it only to brush through perfectly brushed out coat, or you can do some unwanted damage to the skin. Tip: when brushing your dog use an appropriate spray to make it easier and more confortable and also condition the coat while brishing.
On the other hand short-coated breeds also need some care. Short coats shed as much as longcoated breeds and regular care will help with getting as little of hair on the floor as possible. Long-coats require pin and slicker brushes, while short-coated dogs need rubber brushes to remove the coat gently.
Regular care does not mean only regular brushing of the coat, but also bathing your dog. All dogs catch a lot of dirt into their coats – much like those dusting equipement you use to clean your house – that is why it is only fair to them to give them regular bath to remove the dirt. Bathing (even more than once per week) is not wrong when you use good quality products, meant for pet use only. DO NOT use products for people as pH of your dogs skin is not the same as yours and you can cause irreversable damage to the skin and unwanted allergies.
Do not forget that you need to dry the dog after bathing as well. Moist in the coat starts smelling really bad and causes bad feeling to the dog. You can shorten the time you need for drying your dog with micro-porous towels that absorb water much better than any cotton towel. When dog is well towel-dyed you will have him faster blowdried and therefore ready for new action. ;)