For most people, the standard length of 6 feet will suffice. However, if you live in a city, you might want to go with a short leash, and if you are in a larger space and trying to train your dog, you might consider a long leash.
Think about the weather in your area. If it's cold and your dog shakes (from fear or cold), get a dog sweater or jacket. If you live in warm surrounding conditions, think about buying a "cool coat."
You may want to limit your dog to certain rooms or keep him from going up or downstairs. Baby gates work well for most dogs, but a small puppy can scoot underneath them. If you have a young pup or a dog who likes to chew, a wooden gate may not be the best choice.
Dog beds come in a wide variety of styles, from thin pads to orthopedic foam to soft, loosely padded pillows. Prices also range. Of course, your dog's favorite place to sleep won't be based on price or a fancy label but on how it suits his idea of comfort.
Your dog needs at least one collar. The safest basic collar for everyday wear is a "flat collar" made of nylon, fabric, or leather and fastened with a buckle or a quick-release fastener.
Many beginner dog owners hesitate at the idea of a crate, but from the dog's point of view, the confined space is like a cozy den. Dogs and puppies like to have a place where they can curl up in security and privacy.
If you don't have a room that works well to confine your dog, think about an exercise pen, or ex-pen. Ex-pens are like a child's playpen but for a dog.
Food and Water Bowls
Your dog needs two strong bowls one for food and one for water. Ceramic ones, serving to make something look prettier, are breakable, so look for strong plastic or stainless steel bowls.
The grooming supplies that you get for your dog will depend a lot on what kind of breed you have and what activities you plan for him. The needed things for grooming, for example, are a lot more complicated than those for a Labrador Retriever. Some basic tools you need:
brush and comb
coat clippers and scissors
shampoo and conditioner
doggy toothbrush and toothpaste
The best leash for your dog is either 4 or 6 feet long, depending on how much of it you want to curl up in your hand when you have your dog walking close to you. The leash should be light and strong. Leather is good and long-lasting if cared for properly, but a nylon or cotton webbed lead is easier to care for and dries more quickly than leather if you get caught outside in the rain.
When selecting a toy for your dog, try to think as he does. Ribbons, bells, plastic eyes, noses, and whatever other doodads are attached to that cute little toy are simply something to be ripped off, chewed up, and sometimes swallowed.