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New Puppy Check List

So, you finally caved to all the adorable pictures on the Internet and bought a dog, and now it's time to get the little rascal everything it needs to live a dog's life of leisure ... but you're not quite sure where to start.

Perfectly understandable! Taking care of a dog or puppy is not always a walk in the park, so to speak, and there are plenty of tools and treats you can use to make the task easier and more enjoyable. Dogs grow fast and this is your chance to have fun while teaching your new dog all the old tricks.

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ATG Stores would like to make your dog happier and healthier with this checklist that includes everything you'll need to keep your canine fine and in line.

  •  Food and Treats

Dog chow is an obvious must, but sometimes people overlook the treats. Any dog would be happy to live on treats alone, but a better idea is to use them as a training aid and to reward good behavior.

Your new dog is not going to be picky, as he will happily prove by eating anything you leave at shin level, but if you happen to be more selective there are a wide variety of natural and organic foods and treats available at Pet Supply Showroom.

  •  Collars, Tags and Leashes

Running with your dog without a collar, tags and/or leash usually means you're also running afoul of the law, and that's never any good. These are essential items that will keep your new dog safe, especially if he's the rambunctious rabbit-chasing type.

Some collars are adjustable while others are not. Your choice should depend on whether your dog is still growing. If not, you may want to opt for a designer collar and leash that will make the rest of the mutts at the dog park howl with jealousy.

Harnesses are a good choice for both puppies and grown dogs, but if you choose a leash for a puppy try one that's at least 6 ft. long and perhaps even retractable to give you ample maneuverability for training.

If you're an active dog owner, you may also want to consider a waterproof collar and/or hands-free leash so that all your bases are covered when you're out trotting with your tail-wagger.

  • Beds

You may not believe it at first, but eventually your new pooch will pass out and when he does it should be in a familiar place that he can call his own. A puppy will grow out of a new bed pretty fast, so the focus in the beginning should be durability and economy.

If (or when) your dog is fully grown you may want to think about a more permanent dog bed, and perhaps even a designer bed that fits the style of your home - or your dog. For trips, you could also get a portable bed or crate pad to keep your hound happy on the open road.

  • Crates

Nobody wants to keep puppy in a corner, but sometimes a crate, kennel or other kind of doggy barrier is needed to keep your new pet safe. Crates can also be helpful as a training aid and many owners often use "furniture-style crates" that blend in with the décor.

Portable crates are great for when you have to travel with your dog, while in-ground fences and gates make good barriers when at home.

  •  Chews and Toys

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You choose between the chews and your shoes. It's as simple as that, at least in the beginning. Dogs of all ages love to play and chew on stuff so it's always a good idea to have chews and toys on hand for them to devour instead of your furniture and footwear.

  •  Food and Water Bowls

It may seem like a no-brainer, but not all water and food bowls are created equal. They can be as different as the dogs that use them, or abuse them, as the case may be.

For taller dogs, elevated bowls make the best option as they help to promote healthy digestion and a more comfortable dining experience. As for additional options, stainless steel and ceramic bowls are durable choices and non-skid bowls will help to keep messy eating to a minimum.

  •  Grooming Supplies

Some scientist somewhere might have once said that poorly groomed dogs are sad. The happy news is that you can save your dog from this possibly hypothetical fate by simply stocking up on dog shampoo, a dog brush and a pair of canine nail clippers.

  •  Housebreaking and Home Cleaning Supplies

Puppies are always expected to piddle, but even new adult dogs may have trouble holding it in when they find themselves in strange surroundings.

This and other kinds of doggy disorder call for housebreaking aids and cleaning supplies that include indoor pet relief systems, odor eliminators and a variety of other items. With a little help from you and Pet Supply Showroom your new dog will be accident-free and tongue-waggingly happy in no time.

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