With Christmas just around the corner and lots of people hoping to get an adorable fur baby, this contributed post is super relevant and important. If you’re expecting to get a beautiful companion soon, have a read of this and see what you can do to care for your new fur child.
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Puppy dogs are absolutely adorable, so it’s very easy to fall in love with them. However, as any dog owner will tell you, caring for this new addition to your family isn’t a walk in the park. There are the expected and unexpected mishaps, from chewed furniture to toileting accidents. For those first few months looking after your four-legged friend, you will have a lot of work on your hands. That being said, as soon as you see it’s cute face looking up at you with his puppy dog eyes, you will realise all the hard work is worth it.
Should you be the proud owner of a new pup, or are thinking about welcoming a cute little bundle of fur into your homes soon, here are some tips to help you take good care of your pooch.
Register with a good vet
You and your dog will take many journeys together over the year, but the first trip you should take is straight to the vet. He will give your dog a checkup, making sure your new friend is free of birth defects, illness, and symptoms of long-term health issues. You should also set up a vaccination plan, and get your dog spayed or neutered. This is also your opportunity to get some expert advice from a qualified professional. Over the years, your vet will become your second best friend, and despite the expense, you will rely on their help when you suspect your dog has one of these common illnesses.
Pet-proof your home
In the same way you would child-proof your home for a new arrival, the same applies to your dog. This includes tying up electrical cords which could easily be chewed, screening off fireplaces to avoid a singed tail, and removing any harmful substances that could be swallowed by your hungry companion. You should also take steps to keep your pet safe in the garden. Take a walk around the inside and outside of your home, and use your common sense when it comes to spotting potential disasters that may harm your pup.
Shop for the essentials
We all love a good shopping spree, but you will need to sacrifice your own needs in favour of your dog. Add the expected items, such as collar and leash, food bowl, and bedding on your shopping list. However, you should also buy preventative items, such as Pet Action flea treatments to keep away those miniature menaces, and de-worming tablets to ensure optimum health for your animal. Chewable toys will keep your pup entertained, as well as keeping his gnashers off your furniture. Remember too, that dogs love treats as much as anyone, so pick up something that is dog-specific. Not only will your dog love you more, but these goodies will also help in the dog training process. Last but not least, make sure you buy the right food for your dog’s age. The packaging will tell you about your pup’s nutritional requirements.
Welcoming a puppy into your home is a fantastic experience, but you need to be in it for the long haul. You will need to exercise your pet daily and meet all of his needs during the duration of his lifetime. Your dog will love you unconditionally. Make sure you offer the same love in return. Enjoy!
I honestly cannot imagine my life without Crowley! As I’ve wanted a dog for the majority of my 21 years of life, it was as though I was expecting a baby so I did everything on this list and more. Being prepared to bring a puppy home is such a key part in making the transition in the pups life so much easier. You know what they say, knowledge is power! So, that’s it for me this week, I hope you guys have an awfully big adventure!