So you are planning to get a new furry BFF? It feels so good when you imagine having a pet dog in your home. But a pet dog does not only come with fun-filled activities like playing and cuddling with it. Taking care of a dog is a huge responsibility. You need to get ready mentally, socially and economically before bringing in this new furry member to your home. If you can’t take care and give the deserved love and attention to the pet, you should not bring it in just for your entertainment. Here we are sharing top things you need to do before bringing a puppy or an adult dog in your home.
Discuss your intention with your family – A dog is a social animal just like human beings. When you bring her home, she will want the love and attention of all the family members. Further, you’ll need help from all your family members to take care of her. So, it is imperative to discuss your intentions with all your family members. It is a really bad idea to bring a dog home unless all the members of the family are willingly ready to take care of it. While discussing the matter do not only focus on the fun part of having a dog as a family member. All the people in the home should know that raising a dog is not very different from raising a human child. And, each of you will have your share of responsibilities in taking care of the pet. It is better to decide everyone’s responsibility beforehand. If it’s decided who is going to feed the dog, walk or exercise her, clean her then there won’t be any bickering later.
Research and understand the breed – Now that everyone in your home is ready to have a new family member in the form of a pet dog, it’s time to choose the breed of the dog. Different breeds of the dogs are not different only in their looks; they vary in almost every aspect. You cannot bring any dog just because that certain breed of dog looks cute or adorable to you. Whether you plan to buy your dog from a reputable breeder or adopt a rescued one, you need to understand the breed very well. You can use online resources or get some books related to taking care of dogs and puppies of a certain kind. Yes, there are lots of books and online resources where you can get great tips about caring for your dog.
Make your home puppy-proof – So you and your family members have decided the breed of the dog you’ll bring to your home. Now, get into some real works. You love to have a cute pet, but, you certainly won’t love your home turning down into a mess as soon as the pet arrives. Dogs are playful by nature and they tend to get into things. So, make sure you put breakable and hazardous things at a place away from your dog’s reach. This becomes even more important when you have children in your home who leaves their toys and school supplies on the floor or the sofa. Imagine that you are bringing a very active toddler in your home and prepare the home accordingly. You’ll want to keep the floor free from any dangling wire or chemicals like floor cleaner. Also, make sure to keep away all the things that can be mistaken to be a toy by the dog. If you keep a soft toy or cushion in the dog’s reach, it will not be his fault if they get torn or chewed up.
Make your home welcoming for the new member – Now your home is safe from being messed up by the puppy. But, will this new member feel welcomed, if you don’t arrange something especially for him? Obviously not! There are a number of things that need to be brought before bringing in the puppy. On the first thought, you’ll think you don’t need anything more than food and water bowls. But, there are lots of other things you need to make your home comfy and welcoming for your new furry friend. Visit a pet specialty retailer and you’ll get important supplies such as bowls and bowl holders made especially for puppies and dogs. You’ll also need to bring some toys for your dog because they love to play very much. Remember you cannot give just any toy to your dog; the market is full of toys designed and made especially for the dogs. I addition to these, you’ll need a complete set of grooming supplies for your dog. The nutrient needs of dogs are very different from humans, so make sure you buy special dog foods and things like toothpaste too rather than giving the same used by you and your family members.
Register with a veterinary Doctor – Just like human beings, dogs do get sick once in a while. And, just like us, they need medical attention. Further, the experts suggest that a puppy should visit a veterinary doctor within 72-hours of its arrival in a new home. So, you should fix an appointment with a vet even before bringing your puppy home. The doctor will not only assess the current health condition of your dog but will also guide you in lots of ways to take care of your pet’s health. Just like a human child, dogs need varieties of vaccinations from time to time. If you can’t commit to the medical expenses and healthcare rituals needed to keep a dog in its best health, then, you should not opt for bringing one to your home. And if you bring a dog then make sure you carefully follow the suggestions of the veterinary doctor as you follow the doctor’s guidance for your child’s health.
Before bringing in a dog, bear it in your mind that you are bringing a full-time responsibility for about 12-15 years. So, bring a dog when you are sure about your commitment to the innocent creature.