Getting a dog can be a big commitment and that’s why it’s always important to plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need when getting your first dog, the last thing you want is for it to get late and you realise you don’t have dog food!

It’s also important to remember that buying a dog can cost quite a bit depending on what you want. Max cost £400 and he was totally worth it. However, the costs don’t end there. You then have vaccines to pay for, neutering and lots more. It’s always great to have a buffer in the bank to use when needed.

What To Do When You Get Your First Dog

First Dog Tick List

Here’s a checklist of essentials to consider when getting your first dog:

  1. Food and Water Bowls: Provide separate bowls for food and water, preferably made of stainless steel or ceramic for durability and cleanliness. Max has Dog Bowls Non-Slip Stainless Steel that comes on a silicone bone and it’s perfect for small dogs and cleaning, dishwasher safe!
  2. High-Quality Dog Food: Choose a nutritious and age-appropriate diet for your dog’s breed, size, and age. Consult your veterinarian for recommendations. Remember that as your dog gets older this food will change and it’s important to find the right flavour food that your dog loves.
  3. Collar and Leash: Purchase a collar with an identification tag and a sturdy leash for walks and outdoor activities. Remember as your dog grows they may need bigger ones.
  4. Bed or Crate: Provide a comfortable and cozy bed or crate where your dog can rest and feel safe. Max has several beds around the house, mainly as he’s a sleepy dog. If your dog sleeps more, it might be worth getting a few beds.
  5. Toys and Chewable’s: Offer a variety of toys and chewable’s to keep your dog entertained, and mentally stimulated, and to satisfy their natural chewing instincts. It’s important to keep an eye on what toys your dog likes to play with so you can get them more of the same type as they grow.
  6. Grooming Supplies: Stock up on grooming essentials such as a brush or comb, nail clippers, dog shampoo, and ear cleaning solutions. Always research what you want to buy and read reviews before making a purchase.
  7. Tick and Flea Prevention: Invest in tick and flea prevention products recommended by your veterinarian to protect your dog from parasites. A lot of pet plans will include free worming and flea medication.
  8. Food and Treats: Purchase high-quality dog food and nutritious treats to reward good behaviour and for training purposes. Treats are perfect for training your new dog.
  9. Veterinary Care: Schedule a veterinary check-up for your new dog to ensure they are healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations and preventive care. Research various vets in your area and read reviews to find the best for you.
  10. Training and Behaviour Supplies: Consider purchasing training aids such as a clicker, treats, and a training collar or harness to help teach your dog basic obedience commands. If you want you can always find a local trainer to take some pressure off.
  11. Dog License and Registration: Check local regulations and obtain any necessary licenses or registrations for your dog.
  12. Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essential items like a first-aid kit, contact information for your veterinarian, and any medications your dog may need.
  13. Emergency Money Buffer: If you’re getting your first dog it’s important to have money in the bank that you can use in case any medical issues arise and to make sure you’re not strapped for case when vaccines and other medical bills crop up. You’ll also be able to use the money to spoil your dog so what’s not to love.

By checking off these items, you’ll be well-prepared to welcome your new canine companion into your home and provide them with everything they need for a happy and healthy life.

First Dog Essentials

Although above is a common check list of what you’ll need overal when you get your first dog, here is an essential list you must have if you’re looking to get your first dog. Take a look at the list below and make sure you’re prepared for your first dog.

Absolutely, here are the top 7 essentials you’ll need when getting your first dog:

  1. Food and Water Bowls: Provide durable, non-toxic bowls for food and water. Stainless steel or ceramic options are ideal for easy cleaning and hygiene.
  2. Collar and Leash: A well-fitted collar with an identification tag and a sturdy leash are essential for walks and outings, ensuring your dog’s safety and security.
  3. Comfortable Bed: Invest in a cozy and comfortable bed where your dog can rest and relax. Consider their size, sleeping habits, and any special needs when choosing the right bed.
  4. Nutritious Food: Choose high-quality dog food suitable for your dog’s age, size, and breed. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your new furry friend.
  5. Grooming Supplies: Basic grooming tools such as a brush, nail clippers, and dog shampoo are essential for maintaining your dog’s hygiene and appearance.
  6. Toys and Chewable’s: Provide a variety of toys and chewable’s to keep your dog mentally stimulated, alleviate boredom, and satisfy their natural urge to chew.
  7. Veterinary Care: Schedule a veterinary check-up for your new dog to ensure they are healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations, preventive care, and any necessary treatments.
  8. Money: Make sure you have money in the bank that can be used for emergencies. They will crop up without notice so it’s important to have that buffer you can use if and when is needed.

With these essentials in place, you’ll be well-equipped to welcome your new dog into your home and provide them with a safe, comfortable, and happy environment.

Things To Remember When Getting Your First Dog

You might be well prepared for your first dog and think you have everything ready but there are things that people forget about once their dog gets home and you’re so enthralled taking pictures every 5 minutes.

Take a look at the list of things below so you don’t forget what you’re supposed to be doing once your dog arrives and settles into their new forever home.

  • Watch Their Food: Make sure you’re taking notice of how much they eat, if they’re a grazer or if they eat all their food in one go. You can also take note of what flavours they prefer. Max doesn’t like lamb but loves anything fish related.
  • Their Toys: Take note of what toys they like the most and what toys they never play with. This can help you when buying your dog new toys in the future.
  • Habits: Make sure you take note of their habits, do they need the toilet after they’ve had a drink? Do they jump up at you if they want to go outside? These are things you’ll need to notice going forward and it helps reduce inside accidents.
  • Where They Go: Where do they like to go in the house? Where do they sleep? Max likes to sleep on duvets and that’s why we have one on the sofa downstairs for him to sleep on.

We hope this post has helped you prepare for your first dog. Is there anything that cropped up that you were surprised at? Max came home with being told he’d had his first vaccine but it turns out he hadn’t and the breeder lied to us!