(Closed) Preparing for a dog: what do I need?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8215 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Xpen depending on dog
Blankets (maybe)
Storage container for said food
Clicker if you desire
Bulk paper towels (ha!) 
Enzyme carpet cleaner
Chews (bestbullysticks.com is awesome)
Baby wipes (good for muddy feet or uhh…back end issues lol)
Nail Clippers
Tie-out if you have no fenced yard

Post # 4
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

When I first got my dog, who was a puppy at the time, I got food & water bowls, a couple of toys, a pack of bones, and a pack of small treats for training purposes, and a crate.   That’s all that’s coming to mind at the moment.  

Post # 5
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Westwood:  Great list!!

Poopy bags for picking up after them on walks.  Maybe some anti-diarrhea liquid if you are getting a little puppy?  Sometimes it takes a bit for tummies to adjust to different food!  Oh, and maybe this type of spray called “Bitter Apple” that keeps little ones from chewing on furniture and carpet edges?

Post # 6
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Westwood:  Your list is much more thorough.  Glad someone’s on the ball!  

I second the baby gate.  I used that a lot to keep her in the kitchen (aka, on the tile, not the carpet) when I was gone and didn’t want to use the crate.   

Post # 7
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say some clothes if it’s a small dog…sweater and whatnot. I don’t recommend pee pads…I used them and wish I had just taken the dog outside every hour because now he thinks that square carpets (especially bathroom carpets) and just giant pee pads for him…

Post # 8
1013 posts
Bumble bee

I would add Kong to the PPs excellent list.

Also depending on the dog, if they have floppy ears you will need ear cleaner. Best of luck and I’m so glad your adopting!

Post # 9
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh, and not necessary by any means, but a HUGE help if you want to go all out is this wonderful thing:

makes cleaning up after the accidents SOOOO much easier!!!! LOL

Post # 11
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have much to add to the very comprehensive list @Westwood:  provided… I would get bitter apple spray and a plain, empty squirt bottle and fill it with water.  Also, look into training in your area.  A well trained pup is a happy pup!!  Oh- and.plus.also- you MUST post pics when you get your furbaby!

Post # 13
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree with researching food. Charlie is much less gassy now that he gets Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

Post # 14
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Dog shampoo for when he/she gets dirty and needs a bath.

Post # 15
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


Also, rock on for going the rescue route!

Post # 16
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

definitely research food! Our dog is allergic to everything and breaks out if he eats so much as a potato chip, so we feed him Before Grain dog food. Nail trimmers, chew toys that aren’t destructable (not fluffy). If you decide to crate your dog, get a crate pad so they aren’t laying on vinyl (or just use an old blanket). Consider microchipping and getting a dog tag (they have the cool things at petsmart that etch them before your eyes). and a picture! 🙂

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