Getting your first dog can be an extremely exciting occasion! They will become a new little (or big depending on the breed you choose) members of your family.
Although it is a fun, exciting time, you need to make sure that you are 100% prepared for everything that comes with owning a dog. Caring for a dog can take up a lot of your time, and there are a few things that you may not know if you have never taken care of a pet before. To help you and your new canine friend get off to a good start together, here are a few things you should know:
Make sure you have all the essentials ready before you bring your dog home
If you can, you should make sure that you have all the essentials that you need to care for a dog at your home before you pick up them up and bring them home. They will need a food and water bowl, toys that can keep them amused and help to calm them down in their new surroundings, a bed where they can sleep, a collar with your details on in case they get lost, and a harness and a lead so that you can take them out on walks straight away.
Having everything you need ready will help your dog to get settled faster so that you can start to build a great relationship.
Ensure that you can give them the time and care they need
Before you get a dog, you should ensure that you have enough time to give them. Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. Many dogs can find being alone for long periods of time stressful and lonely, so if you work full time and don’t have anyone to spend time with them in the day, it might not be a good idea to commit to one.
You also need to make sure that you have time to walk your dog and spend time playing with them so that you can build up a bond with them and start to get them into a routine.
Choose the right food for your dog
Different breeds of dogs can need different types of dog food. This is because they all need different kinds of nutrients to keep them healthy. It is important that you do some research. If you have a Great Dane, then find out the best dog food for Great Danes, so that you are doing everything that you can to keep them healthy.
A dog’s diet can also vary with age. A puppy and an older dog need different types of nutrients.
Register with a vet
You must register with a vet as soon as you can. You should look at different pet insurance plans and find a veterinary practice that you trust. There are many vaccinations that your dog will need, but it is also essential to know that you have somewhere to take your dog if there are any medical emergencies.
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