So, you’ve finally decided to make a big move and get your family a dog. Congratulations! Dogs are downright magical and you’re in for one big, fun adventure here. You’ll be getting yourself a friend, a loyal companion that will always want to be by your side, and who doesn’t ask for much more than your love. Dogs are such kind, simple creatures who are very easy to please, but there will be a period of adjustment necessary if you’ve never had one before. To keep your puppy happy and healthy you’ll need to know a few basic things before you take them in, but luckily we’re here to help.
Pick the right dog
You may think that opting for a purebred dog is the best choice, but a lot of people don’t realize that a breed doesn’t necessarily imply that the dog is somehow going to be better. You don’t need to buy a puppy, and in fact, it’s much better to adopt one from the shelter. Pets in pet stores are very often taken from puppy mills, and there are countless of helpless animals in animal shelters who are very lonely and who’d be grateful to get a chance to live in a warm, loving home. If you really want a specific breed, consider buying from responsible breeders, and always do your research to make sure the dogs are kept in sanitary conditions and aren’t made to suffer in any way. Keep in mind that large dogs will require more activity and that if you have children, smaller dogs could easily get injured if you don’t pay attention.
Get the right supplies
Before a dog comes into your home, you need to get everything ready. A supply of Royal Canin dog food is a good idea, and you also want to have a leash and a dog bed handy. You don’t need to get any medicine yet, but do schedule an appointment with a vet as soon as you can. You want to make sure your dog is healthy and see about neutering them and giving them any shots they may require. Shampoo and brushes for shaggy dogs are also a must, and you should get a few chewing toys.
Get ready to become more active
A dog is going to give you a lot of love, but they are a responsibility and you need to keep that in mind. They will rely on you to take care of them, and you really don’t want to disappoint those big-hearted darlings who are loyal to your family. These added obligations are actually a great thing for several reasons: they will teach your kid how to be more responsible, they will help you become more active because you’ll have to walk them, and they’ll make you feel great at the end of the day because you’ll know you’ve done well, you’ve helped another creature and made their lives happy.
Train them carefully
To get the best results, start early. Three to four months of age are perfect to start toilet training and socializing, and later on, you can teach them the basic obedience lessons like sit, stay, heel, come and drop. These lessons are here to help keep your dog safe, and they are pretty basic and easy to learn, and you definitely don’t need to teach them a lot more than that. Positive reinforcement with treats is always going to be much better than punishment, and as long as you have patience and understand that some things will need to be repeated many, many times, your dog will learn it. Give them their meals always at the same time and keep the walks regular as well.
If you want a fierce friend who will love you more than anything, you’ll find it in a dog. Be patient, kind and responsible. Create surroundings that will help your pup thrive and become a beloved family member whose happiness brightens everyone’s days.