If you have decided to get a pet dog, then you have some amazing times coming your way. You might have had a pet dog before, perhaps when you are growing up. Some people are definitely more ‘dog people’ than others. If you haven’t had a pet dog before, then there can be a lot to learn. It can be fun and trying, all at the same time.
One of the first things you will need to think about, is if you are going to get a puppy or adopt a pet from a rescue center. Both come with different challenges; some will be the same challenges. So think about how you want it to be. Getting a puppy can be great because they are yours right from the start, pretty much. You can train them up just how you want and see them grow. A puppy can be very much like a new baby, though. To start with they will be up every few hours, pining for you and wanting cuddles. Then they will need potty training when they are a little older. So there are great things about it, as well as challenges. If you are adopting a dog, then it will most likely be fully grown. It will have had some kind of training and discipline, depending on what it’s situation was. The chances are you will have to retrain your new dog, though. There will be things that they may have forgotten, and there will be things that you want to implement with it. So take the time to consider what will work best for you and your family situation. It can be a big adjustment to your lifestyle so it needs to be the right choice for you.
You need to think about every aspect of having a pet. You are the one responsible for it, and it relies on your for everything. When you get your pet home, you need to find a pet pretty much as soon as you can. You never know what emergencies might come up. Then you can get any necessary shots or vaccinations for your pet. Dogs can get sick every so often, just as we do. So having a vet on hand is a great idea. Dogs can eat something that doesn’t agree with them, or could catch something from another dog. Something like giardia in dogs is a big pest as they just pass it from dog to dog. Fleas and ticks are quite common too. Though they don’t make the dog unwell a such, they are a nuisance to everyone and can infest themselves in the home. So look up the likely things that might happen. It could be a good idea to get some pet insurance for your dog, just to be on the safe side.
One of the next things to start doing is to start to house train your dog. It can be one of the things that might leave you a little sleep deprived in the early days. If you dog or puppy is going to be in a cage or kennel overnight, then you need to look for his warning signs. He won’t enjoy having to do his business in there, so you need to watch for signs for when he is ready to go. It won’t take you too long to recognise the signals. One of the best pieces of advice is that you should stick to a routine. A new dog, in particular, a puppy, needs to have a regular routine. They will also learn the rules much quicker that way too.
As well as food, water and generally checking your dog is healthy you need to think about grooming your dog. You don’t want your dog to get matted fur. It is also a great way for the two of you to bond, as well as checking for things like fleas. So it is a good idea to get a brush or a fine comb for your dog. If you find that the fur becomes tangled and matted, then add something like baby oil onto it. Then you can rub it in and gently brush it all out. Don’t pull too hard as then it can affect the skin. Being gentle will help your dog to enjoy the process of grooming too. You want to do it regularly and not have it be a battle. You don’t want to dread it like you might do with washing your kid’s hair at bathtime.