Deciding to add a furry friend to your household is exciting, but there is also quite a bit of responsibility when it comes to taking care of a new dog. Your new four-legged companion will need ample time to adjust to its new surroundings, kind of like you had to adapt to your latest job setting. The good news, they don't call them man's best friend for no reason. However, this is not to say the people (or pets) you love most won't get on your nerves from time to time. If you are a little nervous about what to expect from being a dog owner, keep reading. Here are a few things to consider before you become a dog owner.
Before you bring your new addition home, you should already have a vet of choice picked out. You can ask around to see who your friends and family use to make sure your pet is getting the best care possible. Just like humans, dogs also need an annual visit to the vet. If you have decided on a puppy, then you can expect to be at the vet much more frequently. Even if you are getting an older pup, it is still a good idea to get Fido to the vet for an exam, regardless of what his previous shot records state. This way, you can have a veterinarian you trust to take a look at him and make sure he is in good health. There is no getting around spending money on your pet, whether it be at the doctor or on food, so be sure you are in a financial situation that can support a dog.
What kind of food you are going to give your dog has a significant effect on their coat, joints and digestive systems. You want to be sure you are offering your pup the nutrients it needs to grow and flourish. Dr Marty Pets on Facebook provides a unique spin on nutrition, and you can also ask your vet what line of food they suggest. If you already have a couple of choices in mind, your pet's doctor should be more than happy to take a look at the ingredients.
No matter if your dog is 12 weeks old or seven years old, it may take some time for them to figure out potty training at their house. There are tips to getting your canine house-trained, but one thing is for sure, you will need some patience. Every dog is different, some learn fast and others not so fast, but it is essential to bring a new pet outside every two hours or so. Unfortunately, your pup will still need to take potty breaks during the middle of the night, which is another aspect of pet ownership to consider. It is best to try and stick with a routine so that the new addition to your family can catch on and start knowing what to expect.
A Whole Lot of Love
There are a lot of things to think about before you get a dog that may make you not want to get one, but having a pet can be a fantastic experience. Dogs have a whole lot of love to offer to their humans, and the bond between them and their owners can be extraordinary. Some days may be hard, but you may be surprised by how they will wriggle their way into your heart.
Getting a new pet takes a lot of tolerance and time, but when they snuggle up with you on the couch, it is easy to forget the hard moments. Dogs are intelligent animals, and if you give them the love they need, you can train them to be exactly what you are looking for in a four-legged companion. There is nothing better than coming home every day to somebody who is always happy to see you!