So, you are thinking of bringing a dog into your home. Are you aware of what it involves? There are a lot of things you need to consider before plunging into owning puppy ownership. Owning a dog is an enormous responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
When you get a dog, you’re assured of snuggles and unconditional love, but in return, you should be making a commitment yourself to protect it no matter what. This means making sure it will never end up in a shelter, streets, or into the hands of uncaring people.
So, what are you supposed to do before getting a puppy?
Evaluate your lifestyle
It must be noted that like young kids, puppies have wants too. Therefore, the amount of time and care one commits to a puppy depends on one’s lifestyle. If you have a demanding job, it makes it difficult to find enough time to train it. Also, you may be sensitive to noise; limiting your choices to breeds that are less noisy. If you have a more relaxed lifestyle, you wouldn’t want to get a high energy dog that needs intensive activity to keep it happy. Ultimately, your lifestyle will give you an indication about what dog will best suit you.
Do your research
Before you choose a specific breed, do enough research. Each breed has unique features and requirements. Ensure the breed fits you before bringing it into your home, to avoid disappointment, or worse – to be so unsuitable that you’d have to find a replacement.
- Check breeds on websites or seek the help of a veterinarian
- Also, you can check on various online platforms and interact with dog owners, veterinarians, and dog enthusiasts
- Determine if you can cope with your selected breeds requirements
Make your home puppy-friendly
Your home will be the puppy’s home, and it is important to keep in mind that things around the house that you hadn’t considered a problem before could very well tend to be. For example, things like household cleaners and detergents should be kept out of sight, so that a curious puppy doesn’t try to chew into one of the containers. Here are some things you need to do:
- Clearing all hazardous materials and keeping them well away from the puppy’s reach
- Check the yard for potentially toxic substances and plants, as well as small sharp implements
- Check that the puppy has comfortable bedding and ample space in its corner
- Don’t forget that a young puppy will need potty training; have enough puppy pads or add a doggy door (once you’ve trained it to go outside)
- Have plenty of toys to keep them engaged
Stock up on appropriate food
There are various dog food brands and types in the market, but not all are good for your puppy. Some foods are recommended for specific ages and sizes, while others can serve all breeds and stages.
Choose the best food that fits your puppy’s needs. The vital factor you should consider is the nutrient composition – puppies need more protein, calcium, and minerals compared to what day-to-day food contains. To prevent dietary complications, give your puppy the right amount of food and water.
Grooming and identification
In the early months, puppies are more playful; you’ll have to spend a lot of time grooming them to ensure that they are clean and healthy at all times. To this end, you will need necessary grooming tools – such as a brush that suits their fur type, nail cutters to trim claws, and puppy-friendly shampoo.
Also, make sure that you get a nice new collar that isn’t too tight or too loose, and equip it with an identifying tag. If your puppy goes for a wander that it shouldn’t be on, anyone who crosses paths with him will be able to bring him back safe and sound.
Dog training lessons
The puppy has a new world to explore, and it doesn’t know how to go about it. You need to train it. Either employ a dog trainer or spend some time going through some important lessons with your puppy – right from potty training to sensing and responding to danger.
Concerning the financial perspective, Greater Bank’s financial guide to own a dog can help you navigate through money matters. If you’re unsure about any unforeseen costs, just give them a call or make an enquiry on their website – they’re always willing to help.