Adopting a dog can be a wonderful experience, and pet owners worldwide would agree that dogs always bring great joy and warmth to any home. However, the process of getting a new dog is also full of necessary considerations, and as a result, many new dog owners can find this a nerve-wracking experience. Here are some of our top tips to help keep your pet happy, healthy and safe – without driving yourself crazy!
- Know your responsibilities as a pet owner.
Before you even bring home a dog, you need to be aware of all the responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Ask yourself if you can handle all of these obligations: can you properly care for a dog? Are you patient enough to discipline your pet? Are you willing to use up your time and effort in potty training him or her? Can you stop yourself from getting angry if you see your dog chewing on your favorite shoes or destroying your carpet? Can you walk your dog daily? Will you be able to feed him and keep him clean? Are you willing to buy pet insurance and take your pet to a vet regularly? Will you get affordable pet supplies to keep your pet happy, comfortable, safe and well fed?
- Do your research.
In general, dogs are wonderful creatures – but different breeds have different characteristics, and some may be better suited for you than others. Do your research to find out what dog breed would best suit your profile. For instance, if you have small kids at home, then perhaps consider a Beagle or a Golden Retriever. Additionally, you should also get as much information about the breeder or the current caretaker, to find out how the dog or the puppy’s parents behaves or behave around people and other kids.
- Ask others for advice.
If you have friends who are also pet owners, you can seek their opinions and advice on how you can better care for your dog. By helping you to find a dog breed that suits your lifestyle and personality, you’re less likely to suffer a mismatch.
- Know the essential pet supplies.
Earlier we have mentioned that you should be willing to invest in pet supplies that will ensure your pet is properly taken care of. At the very least, you should have the following ready for your pet:
- ID Tags
- Good quality dog food that is appropriate for the dog’s age, health and activity
- Water and food bowls
- Disposable doggy waste bags
- Spend time with your pet.
Don’t schedule other activities on the day you bring your new pet home, to allow you to fully commit your time to him. If you’re picking him up on a weekday, you may want to take time off work so that you can spend quality time with him or her. Let him sniff and familiarize himself with his new home, and introduce your family members slowly so as not to overwhelm him.
- Keep boredom at bay.
One of the reasons that dogs destroy furniture and other things in your home is because they’re bored, so make sure that you arrange fun activities for when they’re alone. You don’t want them to develop destructive behavior! – If possible, employ a pet sitter to take your dog out for walks while you’re at work. You should also encourage your pet to socialize with other dogs, to encourage healthy character traits and habits.
- Be patient but firm.
Teaching your pet to follow basic commands and rules can take time, and it’s very important to remember to apply patience and understanding with your dog. However, you should also be consistent and firm in giving commands, so that they will be obedient and be able to adjust to their new surroundings quickly. Dogs benefit highly from regularity and an authoritative voice, and taking care to instill both in your pup’s daily life will encourage a happy, healthy relationship between you.
Welcoming a new dog into your home is an excellent experience, and it needn’t be overwhelmingly stressful. With a few seasoned pieces of advice by your side, allow yourself to embrace life with your new pet, with many years of rewarding companionship ahead of you.