Have you ever sat on the beach or in a park and wondered how a dog brings so much happiness to a human? If you have never adopted a dog before, this question may run through your mind, but let me tell you, adopting a puppy or even a full-grown pooch is the best decision anyone can ever make.
Pets who are adopted show so much compassion, companionship, love and care towards their new owners. If you are looking to adopt a dog for the first time, here are a few helpful tips to get you started as a new dog mom or dad:
As a new owner, you need to choose the right dog, according to Royal Canin. Every breed is unique, so take the time to decide what breed suits you best. For example, if you live in an apartment, then a Great Dane is not the best breed for you as they are large dogs.
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According to Rescue Dogs 101, dogs need a lot of your time and attention. They are social animals who always want to be with you, and a planned walk, some playtime and feeding them before work can help to fulfill their need for attention until the next time they see you.
No more last-minute getaways or vacations because your pup will need a babysitter if he/she cannot go with you. Your companion cannot be left alone all day and night, or they will turn to self-entertaining, and trust me, you do not want this. Things will get torn up.
Dogs come with a cost to make sure they stay healthy. From nutritious food, vet care, grooming, training and more, be sure to set a budget aside for your new companion.
Always be patient and expect the worst. For shelter dogs, it takes them sometimes 3 months to adjust and become comfortable around you and their new home.
Compare your options for adopting a puppy, a young dog or a senior dog. Puppies need a lot of attention and work especially when it comes to potty training and obedience. They need to playtime and they need to release their energy outdoors to avoid things being chewed up. If a puppy is too much work, consider an older dog who is potty trained and in most cases obedience trained.
You will need to doggie proof your house, and cords, medication, chocolates, plants and dangerous substances such as chemicals can be a deadly accident waiting to happen. Be sure to put all of these dangers out of their way and reach.