New family member
Planning the arrival of a four-legged family member is without a doubt a demanding project, especially when it comes to the first furry pet. Long-term owners are already familiar with the needs of dogs and based on experience they know how to expect a "D-day" ready. But many owners are new to this area and may not be the best, so we will describe some key "must-have" gadgets to accompany the arrival of a dog member.
If you bought a puppy from a conscientious breeder, he will prepare you for the arrival of the puppy himself - after all, each breed is specific. The rest of you can use the following to get to the necessary information.
The puppy needs to be assigned a place before arrival - the usual thought is to buy a crib, but what if the puppy is alone? Will he have access to all the premises? Bored puppies can do unwanted damage so it is wise to restrict their movement around the premises with the help of fences, or a wire box. If you get the dog used to the box from the very beginning and connect it with the positive one (and add a toy on top of it), it will become the puppy's refuge from the hustle and bustle of the house. Eventually, he will take refuge in himself when he wants to have peace and will sleep peacefully in it when you are not there. In addition, it is extremely useful for travel, as it protects the pet in the event of an accident, and provides a portable home so that the dog feels safe even in a foreign environment. Equip the box with a blanket, pillow, toys and the dog will surely quickly accept it as his own!
Just as a dog has its own corner where it can always find peace, it is wise to have a corner where it has access to food and water. The selection of containers should be appropriate for the size of the dog, and also consider buying a surplus for travel (folding silicone containers are especially useful for this purpose).
A leash and a collar of a suitable size are definitely mandatory equipment. But don't forget to clean up your pet's excrement - always go for a walk with bags. Take advantage of the walk for active work, and with a pocket full of treats, teach your dog the basics that are presented to you in dog schools and reward his attention with play.
Each puppy needs to be cared for regularly. You may have chosen a short-haired breed, and you think it won’t be necessary, but both long and short hair require some care. Owners of long-haired dogs will probably pick up a variety of combs and brushes, but you don’t really need much. Mandatory t. i. a slicker brush in a suitable size (depending on the size of the dog) with which you comb the hair and rid it of any knots. Some will find it easier to use a pin brush for daily combing of thick fur (the length of the needles is chosen according to the density of the hair) - this is only useful for combing combed hair, knots are solved with the help of slicker brushes. The use of a comb is often discouraged, as it is the fastest way to cause damage to the skin. It is by no means suitable for deciphering the hair but only for combing when there are no nodules in the hair.
Tip: combing the hair is easier when the hair is sprayed with a suitable hair combing device, which at the same time does it willingly and nourishes it.
On the other hand, short-haired breeds also require regular care. Even short hair falls out and the more we remove it ourselves, the less it will be in the apartment. Long-haired dogs have their dead hair removed with the help of brushes, while short-haired breeds use rubber accessories. At the same time, they massage the dog and gently pick up dead hair that would otherwise land on the ground.
Regular grooming, however, means not only regular brushing but also bathing the dog. Dogs catch a variety of dirt in their hair - in fact, they are like living mistletoe - so it is right to clean them regularly and take care of their well-being. Bathing - even several times a week - is not harmful when you use quality cosmetics intended for pets. Do not use shampoos for humans as the pH of a dog’s skin is different from human and can cause irreparable damage or completely unnecessary allergic reactions. Remember that it is mandatory to dry the dog thoroughly after bathing. The wetness in the coat starts to smell quickly and at the same time leaves the dog uncomfortable. The drying time can be significantly shortened with the help of a high-absorbent cloth, which binds moisture from the thick fur much faster than cotton towels do. A well-wiped dog will dry faster and be ready for new lumps. ;)