Post # 1
It’s been a long time since I’ve owned a dog. We are currently scouring the pound/shelters, looking for the right dog, but I’d like to do as much prep as possible before we get it, if possible.
Could you help me brainstorm for things I’d potentially need?
Post # 3
Xpen depending on dog
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)
Tie-out if you have no fenced yard
Post # 4
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
@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
@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
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
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
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 # 10
oh, you guys are SOOO good! Keep the suggestions coming!! I love the ‘helpful by not necessary’ ones too!!
Post # 11
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 # 12
As far as food, here are some resources to check out. Not all dog food is created equal, and some brands you might think are good actually aren’t!
Dog Food Analysis – http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
Dog Food Project – http://www.dogfoodproject.com/
Or raw is another option. I feed my dogs a raw prey-model diet.
Post # 13
I agree with researching food. Charlie is much less gassy now that he gets Blue Buffalo Wilderness.
Post # 14
Dog shampoo for when he/she gets dirty and needs a bath.
Post # 15
Also, rock on for going the rescue route!
Post # 16
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! 🙂