Dog Accessories

Dog Accessories

Dog Accessories

Dog ownership carries with it the burden of a number of other purchases. In order to properly care for a dog and to comply with certain local laws, the owner must have a number of dog accessories in his or her arsenal. Some of these items are necessary, others are merely conveniences. It is important to know exactly what you’ll need to properly care for your dog.

The Essentials

Most of the really necessary things for dog care are fairly obvious. If you’ve got a dog you’ll want bowls for the dog’s food and water. middle size to massive dogs have a habit of moving their food bowls round the space as they eat. this will create plenty of noise and have the frustrating results of requiring the owner to hunt around for the bowl at feeding time. the matter will be resolved by employing a significant ceramic bowl that's tough for the dog to maneuver around. A durable plastic bowl with a rubber lining on the underside will be helpful also. The rubber on the underside prevents the bowl from slippery  around as Rover enjoys his meal.

For taking the dog on walks you’ll need a leash and a collar. These can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, but of course you’ll want to take the size and strength of your dog into account when selecting them. The collar can (and should) be adorned with a license tag or at least an ID tag that provides your name and contact information in case your dog is lost.

If you live in a big city like New York (Manhattan), Chicago, or other urban area, you’ll need to purchase that miracle of modern doggie convenience the “pooper scooper.” Most cities have laws against owners simply allowing their dogs to “foul the footpath” or leave little Poodle Bombs all over the city park. In some cities there is a hefty fine for such crappy behavior.

Optional Accessories

There are literally thousands of optional items available for people to purchase for use with their dogs. Some of these items, like the gravity refillable water dishes and food bowls, serve a very useful purpose, others – the dog bandana comes to mind – serve no real purpose and are merely decorative or just plain silly.

One item that some house owners do realize terribly helpful, particularly those who board a hot climate, are “dog booties.” whereas they will seem to be a merely precocious and comparatively useless item, they are doing a decent job of protective the sensitive pads of a dog’s feet from rough piece of ground, rocky areas, and hot pavement. Those in cooler climates might not perceive, however in some places, notably the desert environments of cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque, the summer pavement will virtually become hot enough to fry an egg. You wouldn’t walk barefoot on such a surface and neither ought to your dog.


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