If you’ve just adopted a new puppy or you’ve had your loyal companion for a number of years, there are certain tips that can help any dog owner.
Plan Your Budget
Knowing your budget is essential before and during your adoption. Getting a dog can be expensive when you consider food, bedding, toys, and bills for treatments or vaccinations.
Make sure you know your budget so you know that you can afford to give your dog the best care possible. It’s a good idea to overestimate your expenses so you’re prepared in case of unforeseen vet bills if your dog gets injured and needs emergency treatment.
Get The Essentials
There are certain items that are essentials for a dog. These are the things that they can’t live without or things that enhance their quality of life.
Some of the essentials for your dog or puppy include
- Bed and blanket
- Vaccinations and worm treatments
You can buy most things online or in your local store. As for vaccinations and treatments, you will be able to get these done once you have registered your dog at the vet’s.
Although you may have to replace them every so often, bedding and toys generally last a good few months before you need to buy new ones. On the other hand, you’re going to have to get dog food regularly. To make this easier, consider using a dog food delivery service that can deliver personalised meals for your dog to keep them in optimal health.
These delivery services generally run on a monthly basis, and they take the pressure off you as the owner to find delicious food that provides your dog with all of the essential nutrients that they need to be happy and healthy.
Prepare Your House
Any dog owner knows how destructive dogs or puppies can be. For this reason, it’s important to make any necessary arrangements in your house before you adopt a dog. If you currently own a dog and are looking to move to a new property, make sure to check if it is appropriate for your dog. They need space to run around and play with their toys, and they need room for their bedding and food bowls.
If you have a puppy, be prepared for them to chew everything that they possibly can. Try to move chewable items out of the way so they can’t get their teeth into them. This keeps your belongings safe and ensures your puppy doesn’t swallow anything that could get stuck in their throat. It’s also a good idea to move any toxic foods into the cupboards, away from your dog’s reach.
To protect your carpets and furniture from any unwanted toilet trips, you could throw a blanket over your couch and put mats or pads on the floor too. This is particularly beneficial if you have a new puppy that is not yet toilet trained.
Know Their Food Preferences
Different dogs like different foods. Your dog’s preferences can also change as they grow. It’s important to keep an eye on whether or not they’re enjoying the food that you’re giving to them. If you find they’re not eating most of what you put down, try switching up the food.
Try buying a variety of brands when you first get your dog and seeing which one they take a liking to. Your dog isn’t going to eat what it doesn’t enjoy!
For any dog or puppy, having treats is a great way to keep them happy and to help during any training. You can buy a bunch of snacks and save them for the time when your puppy or dog has done well. For example, if you’re puppy training, you might give them a treat when they successfully take a toilet trip on the pads you’ve placed down. Of course, you don’t need an excuse to give your furry friend a treat. It’s always nice to give them their favourite treats regularly just because you love them!
Consider Puppy Training
If you’re worried about how your new puppy is going to behave when you bring it home, you can always consider getting puppy training lessons. Regular lessons are going to teach your new pup where to go to the toilet and how to abide by your orders. They can be pretty expensive, but if you shop around, you can easily find an affordable trainer. Although older dogs can still undergo training, it’s much easier to teach a puppy or younger dog.