The essential checklist for dog owners
Whether you have spent your whole life living with pets or about to welcome home your very first dog, it can be overwhelming to know exactly which items are essential for your furry friend. That’s why having a checklist of essentials can help ensure your pooch has everything they need to thrive. Here’s our list of seven must-haves as a dog owner.
1. Healthy food
Arguably the most important item on your checklist should be good-quality food for your pet’s daily diet. There’s a huge range of dog food products on the market, and it can be hard knowing which ones will make a positive impact on your dog’s overall wellbeing. That’s why it’s important to do your research into different brands and make the right choice for your budget and your pooch.
Hypro Premium, for example, is committed to creating products that have the optimal nutrient ratios of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals to support health and wellbeing. With a variety of dog food options made with natural ingredients, you can get peace of mind knowing that the food you give them is supporting their digestion, skin and coat, and overall quality of life.
2. Tasty treats
Treats are another essential for every dog owner’s checklist, especially when it comes to training and enrichment. Hypro Premium has a selection of treats that are not only delicious but also have the added benefit of promoting healthier joints and teeth.
When it comes to using treats as part of your dog’s training regimen, it’s important to use them in moderation. For example, tear off small pieces – rather than feeding them multiple large treats in a single session – and offer them as positive reinforcement.
3. Poop Bags
No one wants to be stuck at the park while their dog is doing their business and realise they don’t have anything to pick it up with. Poop bags are a must-have item both at home and when you are out on your daily dog walks.
Because we care about the environment just as much as your pet’s wellbeing, we recommended using eco-friendly bags. Our Dog Poop Bags are 100% biodegradable and compostable, and are the responsible choice for pet owners.
4. A variety of dog toys
Want to keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated? Then make sure they have a selection of toys always at the ready. When choosing a new toy for your pup, consider their size, age and breed. For example, a young puppy will need softer toys that are gentle on their milk teeth, while larger breeds will require more durable toys that aren’t easily destroyed. From chew toys, feeding puzzles and even returnable ball-throwing machines, there really is a wealth of options at your disposal.
5. A comfy dog bed
Dogs love to work hard and play even harder, but it’s also important they get to rest in a comfortable and secure space. So giving them a supportive bed is one of the best things you can do for them. A high-quality dog bed can ease joint pain and help them get up without struggling, and there are even specific dog beds made for pooches with arthritis and other orthopaedic issues.
Just like choosing a new toy, factor in your pup’s size, age and sleeping habits to find the right fit. A smaller dog may enjoy a cosy, wrap-around bed while a larger breed may prefer a flat, open bed they can spread out on. It all depends on what your pup loves!
6. Regular grooming
Regardless of their breed or size, regularly grooming your dog is a good habit to get into. This includes brushing their fur, bathing them, trimming their nails and even brushing their teeth. Grooming products will make your life – and theirs – much easier, so consider your dog’s specific needs. Breeds with long fur will generally require a different type of brush than those with short hair, for example.
7. Seasonal items
Finally, seasonal items like jackets for rainy days or cooling mats for Australia’s long, hot summers can be incredibly beneficial for your dog. They keep your dog comfortable no matter the weather and give you peace of mind that your dog is always as safe and well cared for as possible.
By following this helpful checklist, you can provide your dog with the love and quality-of-life they deserve. And remember to choose high-quality products to maintain your dog’s ongoing wellbeing. Explore our grain-free and wholegrain products to find the perfect food match today.