Dogs are generally regarded as low maintenance pets compared to other domesticated animals like rabbits, cats, and hamsters. This is the reason why they are the preferred pets for kids. However, just because dogs are low maintenance doesn't mean you don't need tools when training and raising one. Here are the most important devices you need when rearing and training dogs:
A Collar and a Leash
A dog collar and leash set is extremely important since it is the primary means of control an owner has over an untrained dog. A dog raised without a collar will be hard to manage and will most likely injure itself and other people. There is a pretty good reason why dogs without collars are treated as strays and impounded.
The leash you are going to use should be long enough to give your dog some room to move around without getting tangled, but short enough that you can prevent it from doing something with a simple tug. Make sure the leash is strong enough to avoid snapping.
When it comes to the tightness of the collar, you should be able to insert two fingers between the dog and the collar. Any less and it's too tight, any more and it's too loose. Avoid using plain rope for the leash, since it's too rough and will cause your pet's neck to blister. There are lots of companies that make leashes and collars that are safe for your pet.
A Bed or a Blanket for Sleeping
While dogs can sleep anywhere and will usually find or create sleeping spots on their own, it will be easier to keep a dog well-behaved if you can teach it where to rest and sleep. You can prop up a small comfortable blanket in the corner of your house or near the doghouse and take the dog there from time to time, in order to show it that it is the place for sleeping.
Similar to the blanket or bed, it is much easier to train your dog if you can train it into recognizing a specific place or bowl meant for eating. This is very important, since food is one of the things that animals respond to. Another advantage is that training a dog into expecting food only from the bowl will make the dog less likely to eat other things such as dirt, toys, clothing, and smaller pets. Just make sure you feed it from the bowl consistently and never let it starve, since a hungry dog will eat anything it considers edible, which is a lot of things.
Dog Grooming Products
Dogs are very prone to parasites, germs and other things that not only prevent you and kids from interacting fully with them, but also make them irritable and harder to train. A nice set of cleaning and grooming materials are of utmost importance if you want a dog that's easy to work with. Fortunately, you don't have to play the guessing game because there are a wide range of pet grooming products available any pet shop.
These dog rearing and training accessories should make it easier for you to take care of your pet, allowing you to devote more of your time to having fun and playing with the dog instead of worrying about its well-being all the time.