A dog is a man’s best friend. They love you unconditionally, they’re great family members and they’re always there for you. You will be the dog’s parent, best friend and their whole world. That’s why you need to be prepared and ready to tackle all the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner. You should never get a dog just because you’re lonely and you want an animal around. Dogs take work, dedication, and a lot of attention.
Before You Get a Dog
You should always do your research beforehand. Some breeds require more work than others. For instance, working dogs like huskies and collies need a lot of exercise. If you keep them cooped up in a small apartment all day and only give them a half hour walk a day, then they’ll grow restless and be naughty. The smaller the space and the shorter the amount of time you can take your dog for walks, the smaller the dog should be. Not all small breeds, however, are good for apartments. The general rule of thumb is that if the breed of dog has been used alongside man for either hunting, herding, or pulling, they’ll need a lot of exercise to be happy. Find a dog breed that suits your lifestyle.
After You Get Your Dog
You’ll need to buy supplies for your dog, as well as take it to the vet. The vet will check your new dog over, and give it any vaccinations (and set up a schedule) based on your new dog’s needs. Then you’ll have to decide whether or not you wish to spay or neuter your dog. You might also be legally required to license your pet. Licensing is important because it helps your city care for the pets that have been lost or abandoned. It also helps animal services return your dog to you in case it gets lost.
The next step after you’ve dealt with all the logistics is to train your dog. First time pet-owners should sign up for and attend a puppy-training class. These classes are very helpful and beneficial to both the puppy and you, the new owner.
Owning a dog means keeping your furry friend as healthy as possible. This includes making sure they’re eating enough, eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise, and more. You need to clean their teeth, stay on top of any symptoms that appear, and when they need to take medication you’ll need to administer it. A great way to make sure your dog takes his meds is to use pill pockets for dogs. Dogs are like children; they need to be taken care of, they need their exercise, they need to have fun.
Dogs are incredibly loyal. They love you with everything they have, which is why you need to be responsible and take care of them and their needs. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog is one that’s a joy to have around.