Would you like to save a little puppy from the pound? Or are you interested in buying from a breeder? No matter your reasoning for getting a dog, your life will be changed by the love of your dog. Although, having a dog is a great responsibility that must be considered before jumping into getting one.
Getting a dog is going to cost you some money. Not only do you have to buy food, but you have to pay their vet bills and purchase other items that they need. You could spend as much as a thousand dollars in one year on your pet! Emergency visits to the vet can cost thousands, so you may want to invest in health insurance for your dog.
It’s very important to make sure that your home is safe for a dog. Before you bring a new dog home, make sure the whole area is safe. Place any meds or household cleaning supplies out of reach, and place any trash cans in a cabinet. Since some plants are very harmful because of their toxicity, it’s best to get rid of them or put them in an area that the dog cannot get to.
Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. If they seem hesitant upon meeting up with other dogs or people, don’t force interaction. This can lead to a bad ending for your dog, the other pooch or the other person. Watch your dog and be aware of his actions.
If you bring your pet on vacation with you, keep a picture of him with you, particularly on your phone. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.
If you have medications at home, ensure that it is safely hidden away and out of the reach of your dog. If your dog ingests your medications, it could be fatal. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.
Avoid letting your dog walk without a leash outside of your property, regardless of how well he behaves. A dog might run after an animal and get into trouble, or it might get into a fight with another animal. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.
Grooming your dog every day will ensure it doesn’t shed all over the place. Brushing every day can also help your dog to have a shiny and beautiful coat. Oil is distributed as you brush their hair, which keeps both fur and skin healthy.
You now know what it takes to care for your dog as best as possible, so you are ready to bring your new mutt or purebred home! There will always be things you don’t know, so don’t stop learning. Think about joining online forums to talk about dogs with other dog owners. Learning takes a lifetime, so don’t stop!