Getting a dog, whether it’s a new puppy or adopting an older animal, is a big responsibility. You’re taking on the care of another life, and if you’re able to reassure yourself that you’re ready for this responsibility then you can face it with more confidence, and a confident dog owner leads to a happy dog!
Today we’re taking a look at some of the different ways to get ready for pet ownership so that when the time comes you can be sure you’ll provide the care your puppy needs.
The first thing you need to know if where you can get advice from experts. If you’re concerned that your dog has eaten something that might be harmful then simply knowing where you can place a call for more insight into the seriousness of the situation is vital.
Knowing where your closest vet is physically can be important, but it’s also worth researching an online vet to get quicker, convenient answers – especially before your puppy is comfortable travelling long distances.
One of the most important sources of advice and reassurance you can find are other dog walkers – whether you have friends with dogs you can fall back on for reassurance, or have to build relationships in the park, these will help to socialise your puppy, and give you practical advice that can help reassure you that you really can do this!
Getting the Essentials in Stock
When you’re buying for a new dog, you need to make sure you know the specifics of what you need. Puppies have different nutritional requirements to fully grown or elderly dogs, so filling a cupboard with generic ‘dog food’ may not be the best option for you. Make sure you’re addressing the specifics of the situation you’re actually in. Similarly the toys that will help to comfort a puppy and relieve the pain of teething might not be the same you’d want to buy for an adult dog – consult your experts, as above, to make sure you’re making the right choices.
Whatever method you’re choosing to house train your new dog, there will inevitably be accidents, and you’re going to want to ensure you have a good enzyme spray. These don’t merely clean up after your dog, they also break down and eliminate the molecules that produce the smell – this is important for than your comfort – it also makes it less likely your puppy will return to the scene of their ‘crime’.
Other essentials include a reasonably sized collapsible crate for travelling, food and water bowls and of course a lead or harness. It can expensive to get all the essentials for a dog, so planning what you need in advance and making your purchases over time can help to spread the cost and reassure you you’re ready for your first puppy!