Just a few days ago, after careful consideration and research, my daughter and I adopted a 3 year old Basset named Copper. So far he is what he was said to be, very well behaved, patient, loving, and much more laid back than some can be. He appears to be in excellent health and has a general check up scheduled for next week. I couldn't be more excited or happy with him. He came to me on diet of BLUE BUFFALO dog food. The previous owners said it had helped reduce his "houndy" smell. Is there a cheaper comparable alternative? I do expect to brush/comb him daily. I am using baby wipes on him after going outside, and of course the weekly ear cleaning. Also, I would like recommendations or advice on the products you swear by (ie. shampoos, cologne spray, food, treats/bones, grooming tools/brushes, harness vs. collar?, and anything else you might find helpful to me.) I'm guessing by looking nail clipping be best left to the professionals. We are so CRAZY about our new handsome boy, will post a pic soon.