Perhaps you’ve finally headed to the shelter, and now you’re ready to bring a new furry family member into your life? That’s great! But what about all the responsibility that comes with a dog? Thankfully, everything you need to know as a new dog owner should help to make it a little less daunting.
Think about diet
Just like us, our dogs have many dietary needs. As well as learning everything to avoid on the menu, it’s important to find a diet that works for both of you. There are so many kibble options on the market that cater to the young, the old, and everyone in between. It might just take a little research to find out which is best for your new dog.
Pot plants might have to go
Believe it or not, but plants such as daffodils, tulips, and aloe vera can all be dangerous for our dogs. Thankfully, we don’t have to give up dreams of having plants in the home just yet. Many pot plants are still safe while making sure they are kept up high should help to protect our dogs.
Prepare to lace up
Dogs often love to spend time with their owners, and there’s usually no better way to bond than by lacing up your sneakers and heading out on a walk. As well as developing a relationship with your new pet, regular walks will help to keep your dog happy, healthy, and enriched thanks to all the new sights and smells along the way.
Training takes time
You might have seen dogs performing all kinds of tricks, but these all take plenty of time. House training and leash training your new dog are often two skills many owners turn to first. However, it’s important to remember that consistency is key as those bad habits can soon build up - and become pretty tough to break.
Find a vet
Regular visits can help give our dog an annual all-clear as well as making sure they are up to date with any vaccinations, wormers, and flea treatments. That’s not all. Having a good relationship with your vet means we can often take guidance when it comes to our dog’s individual needs. Plus, it’s best to make sure our pets are registered in case we need to make an emergency visit.
Dogs are for life
Many of us have heard that dogs are for life - and we wouldn’t have it any other way. As well as bringing new life to our homes, our dogs often grow to become a massive part of our families and can help to teach us plenty of responsibility over the years. Thankfully, the memories usually make it all worth it.
Millions of us across the nation all enjoy dogs as part of our lives, and now could be the time to welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes. All it takes is a little planning, and you could soon be enjoying all those walkies and smoochies for yourself.