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So you’ve decided to bring a new dog into your life. Congratulations to you – you’ve just successfully eliminated all chances of boredom! You will have bucket loads of fun with your new furry friend. It’s not all about fun though, there also things you need to take care of.
When you welcome a new dog into your home, it is important that you have a few things to make him feel more at home and help him get more accustomed to his surroundings. Although there are quite a number of doggie supplies to choose from, here are five dog tools that you must have as the proud owner of a new dog.
- Dog Combs And BrushesJust like people, dogs have many hair types and textures. There are a variety of hairbrushes available that cater to the specific needs of each hair type. Make sure you pick the comb that specifically suits your dog’s hair type. You could even have more than one.
- Wire Pin Brush: For dogs who have medium to long hair.
- Bristle Brushes: Usually works well for all hair types. They vary in firmness and length.
- Slicker Brushes: For dogs who have medium to long hair. Best used for detangling.
- Shedding Tools: Reduces shedding by removing the excess hair, especially in double-coated breeds.
- Rakes: Best used on severe tangles and mats.
- Flea Combs: Detects fleas.
- Nail TrimmersThese are a major stress factor for both dogs and dog owners alike. You can ease the process by owning the right nail trimmer. Here are a few examples.
- Claw-style Trimmers: cuts nail in a scissor-like manner.
- Scissor-like Trimmers: Works best for with smaller, more delicate nails.
- Guillotine Trimmers: Have replaceable blades, they’re usually used on dogs with larger, more difficult to cut nails.
- Dog ShampooUsing the right shampoo when bathing your dog is more effective than giving your dog weekly baths. Make sure to use a soap-free, doggy shampoo. Here are a few examples:
- Tear-free shampoo: Helps in protecting your dog’s eyes.
- Natural Shampoos: These are chemical-free and improves skin and coat.
- Oatmeal Shampoos: Eases itching and soothes irritated skin.
- Conditioners: Used to moisturize and manage frizz.
- Doggy Ear CareMost owners overlook the importance of ear care. Don’t make this mistake. Make sure to never use alcohol and cotton-tipped swabs to clean the insides of his ears. Here are a few things you can use.
- Ear Cleansers: To clean and rinse the ear canal.
- Cotton Pads: To wipe out any remaining debris after using the cleanser.
Medicated ear care options can be prescribed by your vet. Make sure you know what you’re doing if you want to pluck excess ear hair.
- Dog Hair ClippersMost Dogs don’t really need these. Some medium-haired dogs benefit from a little shave-down in the summer. Little dogs with hair that keeps growing need constant grooming and this is when the Clippers come into play. The most common accessory used for this job is the electric clippers for an even shave.