Have you decided you want to add a new dog to your family? Brilliant, just remember that taking in a dog is no easy feat. Here are some tips.
Got a new pup? You need to prepare.
Have you decided you want to add a new dog to your family? Brilliant, remember that taking in a dog is no easy feat, and you require having more prepared than just time to go on walks. You should be considering things such as leaving a dog crate open at night to provide them with a safe space in their first few days in your home. As well as having good quality dog food present, consider where they will sleep, and purchase harnesses, collars, leads, toys, maybe a soothing blanket, and much more.
A dog is a commitment for many years. It’s welcoming a new member of the family, gaining a new best friend, and taking on the care of another life. So, if you are ready to bring a dog into your home, and start a life with a new fluffy best friend, read on and see what you can expect to do as you become a new dog owner, including prep for your new pup and what to do once they’ve become the latest family member.
First things first, start pet-proofing your home, prep it as much as you would if you were expecting a baby. Their safety is critical, and pet-proofing your home is part of that. This means removing any toxic plants, locking away any chemicals used in the kitchen or bathroom, removing small items they might accidentally swallow, and keeping electrical cords hidden neatly away. You should also be wary of any items that hang down, such as cords from your blinds, as they could get tangled or choke.
Feeding formulated foods.
In the first year of their life (if they are a puppy), they will be growing super fast, and this is why you need to feed them the right foods. Similarly, if you’re taking in an elderly animal, you should be wary of providing them with the right foods. As pups or elderly dogs, they need specific energy and nutrition, and different foods will do this for them.
With a new pet, it is also essential that you feed them at the same time as well, so they become more used to your routine.
Always do your research.
Always do your research before you bring a new animal into your home. Make sure you are ready for this commitment before you promise to give them a loving home. Understand that a dog is for life, and they will be entirely reliant on you. You might have life, work, friends, family, but to your dog, you’re their whole world.
Always research to make sure that whatever dog you take home is a good fit in your life. Look at the big picture, and figure what dog best matches you. Some dog breeds require more exercise than others. Some have more health problems. Some dogs will be more family-oriented. Others are working dogs. So, research breeds, talk to shelter staff and get to know the dogs and breeds better this way. Also, consider your local area and what restrictions there may be.
Train, train, train.
The first few days, weeks, or months at your home will be tough going for your new dog. It will take time for them to get relaxed into your home, so be patient with them and practice positive reinforcement to help teach your new dog the rules of your home.
Put a daily routine into place to make them more comfortable, as we all know how much easier having a pattern makes things, which remains true for dogs as well. Consistency, stability, and predictability are all key in keeping any anxieties to a minimum during your dog’s early days in their new home.
Develop a relationship of trust and respect between your dog and your vet. Finding a vet is more important than you might think. When you get a new pup or any animal, always go to the vet soon after. They can walk you through vaccinations and schedule the dog in for anything they need. You can also find the best flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. But also, vets can give your dog a once over, inform you of any dietary requirements they may have, and if you have any questions, they can answer them.
You should also look into microchipping at this point too. Microchips are no larger than a grain of rice inserted under the loose skin between their shoulder blades, and it will hold their ID, and it is an excellent form of protection in case they ever go missing.