Dog boxYou will need a dog crate for picking up your dog, as well as for later trips to the vet, dog school or on vacation. This should be large enough so that your four-legged friend can easily stand, stretch out and turn around in it. Note: If your dog still has to "grow into" the crate, pad it with blankets and pillows. Puppies sometimes feel lost in boxes that are too big and tend to do their business in them.
Dog food and treatsA sufficiently large supply of high-quality dog food will save plenty of time during the acclimation phase, when you can fully concentrate on the new family member. The food should be tailored to the individual needs of your pelt nose - the breeder or the animal shelter usually know their stuff and can also provide information about allergies or intolerances of your favorite.
Chew bones, dog biscuits and other treats should also be on hand for your new roommate. They are used for relaxation and occupation, as well as a reward for education and training.
Feeding bowlsBefore a dog moves in, you should purchase at least two food bowls for food and water, and possibly an additional one for the garden or patio. The height of the bowls should fit the size of the dog. When it comes to material, it's best to go for stainless steel or ceramic - plastic bowls slip quickly and are more susceptible to bacteria and germs.
Dog leash, engraved dog collar, engraved dog tagFor the first walks with the new family member, a dog leash and a collar should be available in the initial equipment. A engraved dog collar and a engraved dog tag can make it easier for you to find your pet if it should ever escape from you. In addition to your dog's name, an engraved dog tag or collar should contain your contact information including phone number.
If you want to rely on modern technology to find your runaway, you should get an Apple AirTag. This "electronic dog tag" requires registration in an app. If your dog escapes, you mark the Apple AirTag as lost and receive a notification every time your dog comes within Bluetooth range of any iPhone with cellular service - including the address. The electronic dog tag's battery lasts about a year.