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The Dog Lover's Toolbox: A Guide for Happy Dog Ownership

By Debs @ Bounders

Debs from Bounders Dog Photography with Sylvie, the Bernese Mountain Dog

Welcoming a dog into your life is an exciting adventure filled with wagging tails, wet noses, and endless cuddles. As a responsible dog owner, it's important to equip yourself with the essential items and knowledge that will make your pup's life comfortable and ensure your journey together is as enjoyable as possible. In this blog, we'll look at the must-have dog essentials and things you can do that will help you create a loving and nurturing environment for your four-legged friend.

A Comfy Bed

Just like humans, dogs need a cosy spot to rest and recharge. Invest in a comfortable and appropriately sized bed for your furry companion. Whether it's a plush cushion, a soft mattress, or a designated dog bed, providing a cosy sleeping area will make your dog feel safe and secure. It also helps protect your furniture from potential damage caused by scratching or shedding.

Nutritious Food and Treats

Proper nutrition is the key to your dog's overall health and well-being. Invest in high-quality dog food that is free from artificial additives and provides the necessary nutrients. Treats, on the other hand, are perfect for training, rewarding good behaviour, or simply showing your love. Choose treats that are nutritious and suitable for your dog's size and dietary restrictions.

Stainless Steel Food and Water Bowls

Durable and hygienic stainless steel bowls are essential for serving your dog's meals and keeping them hydrated. These bowls are easy to clean, resistant to bacteria buildup, and won't leach any harmful chemicals into your pup's food or water. Opt for bowls with a non-slip base to prevent spills and messes, especially if your dog gets excited during mealtime.

Lead and Collar or Harness

A sturdy lead, collar, or harness is vital for keeping your dog safe during walks and outings. Choose a lead that is comfortable to hold and appropriate for your dog's size and strength. Collars should be fitted properly, allowing enough room for two fingers to fit snugly between the collar and your dog's neck. Alternatively, a harness might be an option to consider. They’re not suitable for every dog, so do some research on them before making a decision.

Regular Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Dogs are active creatures that thrive on physical exercise and mental stimulation. Regular walks, playtime, and interactive toys are essential for their overall health and happiness. Engage in activities that match your dog's energy level and breed characteristics. Whether it's a game of fetch, a gentle walk through the park or a long hike, they will always be keen to go!

Training and Socialisation

Proper training and socialisation are essential for a well-behaved and balanced dog. Invest time and patience into teaching basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. Positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, work wonders in shaping your dog's behavior. Enroll your dog in obedience classes or seek professional training if needed. Additionally, expose your furry companion to various environments, people, and other animals to promote healthy socialisation skills.

Toys for Enrichment and Play

Keeping your dog mentally and physically stimulated is essential for their happiness and well-being. Provide a variety of toys that cater to your dog's preferences and needs. Chew toys help satisfy their natural instinct to gnaw and keep their teeth healthy. Interactive toys, such as puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys, provide mental stimulation and entertainment. Plush toys are perfect for cuddling and playtime, fostering a strong bond between you and your furry friend. Oh, and don’t forget a good ol’ tennis ball for a game of fetch!!

A collage of images of the different dog gift boxes available from Woofbox

Getting the right stuff for your dog is important, but not always convenient and sometimes hard to choose with so much variety on the market. We’ve got a solution for you! Our other doggy company, Woofbox, offers gift boxes and monthly subscriptions of toys and treats for your dog with the convenience of it being delivered straight to your door so you don’t have to go traipsing around the pet shops to find what you’re looking for!

We have a huge selection of biscuits, training rewards, natural chews and soft baked treats and many different types of toys, like big soft pillows to hard rubber balls, cute little fluffy teddies to long woven rope tuggers. Something for every dog out there!

If this sounds like something you’d like to check out, then head over to - We’ve even set up a special discount on any one off Woofbox Gift Box for Bounders Fans, just enter BOUNDERS15 at the checkout to get 15% off.

As a dog owner, ensuring you have the necessary essentials and knowledge is crucial for providing a comfortable and fulfilling life for your beloved pup keeping them happy, healthy and engaged. Remember, the love and care you invest in your furry companion will be returned to you tenfold, creating a lifelong bond and countless moments of joy and companionship.

We're always honoured that people choose us to be a part of their adventures with their dogs, whether that's with Bounders or Woofbox, so thank you!


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