(Closed) What do you need for a dog?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
196 posts
Blushing bee

Food, water, bowls, bed, treats, toys, leash, collar, nametag, flea medicine, shampoo, teeth cleaner (I use the CET squeeze bottle), a brush

Post # 4
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

sunitagt pretty much has it covered. 

I also invested (haha) in a two dollar spray bottle that I fill with water and use for discipline if I catch them doing something wrong. 

Is this your first dog? 

Post # 5
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

The biggest thing that new owners fail to take into account is something that cannot be bought. It’s time. You need to have lots of time to train your new pup, it will have looooooots of accidents and it can be very frustrating. I’d buy some spray so that you can spray over the areas she has peed on. It will chew up everything, so give her some rawhide bones. If you both work long hours, it may be a good idea to crate train her. (On craigslist, I see a lot of people rehoming their pets because the owners feel guilty that they cannot give their pet the amount of love it needs due to busy schedules).

So if you are truly ready for a pet, I’d say CONGRATS! New pets are sooo exciting and you will fall in love with each other 🙂 Other miscellaneous items you’ll need are: doggy treats, puppy shampoo, a collar (with ID), a bed, doggy bowls, & I can’t think of what else…


Post # 6
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Rose_Dust:  A good vet!  Puppies need several shots and vet appointments in the first year so you really need to factor that into the costs.  If you can’t afford that, you are not ready for a dog.  Also factor in the cost of spaying or neutering your dog as well.

Post # 7
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

And cash. For unexpected emergencies, or even basics, such as grooming (if you go that route), toenail clippings, dental visits, neutering etc… Most people understand this, but I know people that take free pets, but do not have the $$ to invest. Free doesnt mean “free”

Post # 8
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mrsbzzbee:  +5000

Forget leashes and dog bowls, thats the fun stuff that really doesn’t matter in the end 😉

Are you willing to own your dog for its entire lifetime, no matter what it does ( bite your baby, pee on your bed, chew all your shoes, bark all night, etc) .Walk it every day, as well as mental excercise? Invest in training & obedience? Deal with any behaivoral problems? Do you have or want any children-will they interfere with your ability to have the dog time wise and financially?

Food for thought!

Post # 9
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

food, water, vitamins, leash, collar, shots, doctor’s visit, toothbrush, toys. Schedule for walking dog out 🙂

Post # 10
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Something that works for us in terms of discipline is a rolled up newspaper it REALLY works. If its not leash trained I suggest a harness. And while some people like to spend the extra money on teeth cleaners we give our dogs big femur bones to chew on. The vet was really impressed with his teeth as they are the whitest teeth he’s ever seen lol. We get them at Petco. 

Post # 11
8390 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m assuming if the dog is 30 lbs that it is not a puppy?

babygates / xpen
food that the original owner was feeding
enzyme cleaner (i like natural’s miracle)
chews (I buy from bestbullysticks.com)
heartworm/flea preventative
old towels
nail clippers
clicker if you choose

I would highly suggest an obedience class too. They are great for bonding with a new dog.

Post # 12
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@RobandLil0107:  please tell me you’re joking about the rolled up newspaper….this can cause a dog to become aggressive….if it decides it no longer wants to be hit it WILL defend itself….

I would say research training methods…..I personally went the Brad Pattison route and my dog is wonderfully behaved….martingale collars are great for training…..

I would get your dog it’s own bed too…..and likely a crate….we crate trained and it was great….now she’s older and has run of the house…..but crates are good because it’s a safe place for them, and NEVER use it for discipline….


Post # 13
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We just got a dog last Monday (he’s a 6 year old) and we started off with food, treats, dog bones/things to chew, a collar, name tag, a leash, a food and water bowl, and a kong. With the vet and grooming expenses (apparently he hadn’t been to either in 5 years so there is quite a lot that needs to be done), we decided to start small and add more as we go along to make sure we have plenty of money for the frequent vet bills. Soon we would like to get him a bed, various types of treats, more large bones since he seems to love those, and some vitamins.

Post # 15
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@darkflame:  nope our dogs are very well behaved we only used it on themn as puppies and they no longer need it

Post # 16
155 posts
Blushing bee

Yes, you will need all the stuff you can buy at the store like bowls, food, leash, etc., etc., etc. But, the things you can’t buy at the store are the most important. Time and money.

Dogs take a lot of time whether they are puppies or not. You must set aside a good chunck of time everyday to walk, play with, and train your dog. So many people end up giving their dogs away, or taking them to the pound because they can’t dedicate the time that is needed to properly have a dog.  

Dogs also require money. They will ruin things like your furniture, shoes, house, etc. Our two puppies chewed up at least 5 pairs of shoes, the legs on the sofa, the baseboards, and a bookcase. Also, the vet visits. We have established a “vet savings account” instead of investing in pet insurance, but both ways work. Vets are not cheap and you will have to be there on a fairly regular basis.

Our two “puppies” are now just over a year and have fallen into a very nice routine. They don’t ruin things as often, they are well behaved on their walks, and the vet visists are less frequent. They have become a huge part of our home, but those first few months were tough.

Good luck and have fun!

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