Deciding to get a new dog can be a very exciting prospect for your family indeed. I’m sure that the kids will be over the moon to welcome this new playmate into their home! However, getting a new dog isn’t all fun and games. It’s actually a very big responsibility to take on, and something that everyone in your household should be prepared for. Not only that, though, but you might need to get your home ready as well. There are a lot of scenarios that you need to be ready for when it comes to owning a dog, and it’s always best to be as prepared as possible!
So, are you planning on welcoming a new dog into your household in the near future? Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for them at home.
Make Sure Everyone At Home Understands The New Responsibility
One of the first things that you need to do is ensure that everyone who you live with is well aware of the increase in responsibility once the dog moves in. This is especially important to explain to children who might just see the dog as a new friend to play with. Sure, the dog will want to play, but it will also need a lot of special care and attention as well. For instance, it will need two walks every day so that it has a chance to get some exercise and do its business outside. Everyone will need to pitch in to help with all the work that comes with the dog, and it’s crucial that they understand this.
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Get The Dog An ID Tag Or Chip
Before you do bring the dog back to your home, you will need to get it an ID tag or a chip. Most people take their dog straight to the vet after picking it up so that this can be done straight away. The longer you wait, then the more chance there is of the dog going missing without any ID. If that happens, it will be very difficult to get it back to you. Thankfully, IDing a dog isn’t too expensive and doesn’t take too long either.
Buy It Things It Needs
There are a lot of things that your dog will need in your home. You will need to look at quality dog beds so that it has somewhere comfortable to sleep at night. As well as this, you will also need to buy it food and water bowls. Don’t forget a lead either, as you will need this so that you can take it out for walks. Not only that, though, but a lead will also come in handy when you train the pup.
Don’t Forget Some Toys
Your new dog might be a bit nervous when you bring it home with you for the first time, so you might want to get it a few toys to help calm it down. Playing with the dog will help to distract it away from anything that could be making it nervous. As well as that, playtime can help a bond form between the two of you. If you are bringing a little puppy home, then toys are an absolute must. Puppies are full of energy and even taking them for a walk might not be enough to calm them down. Thankfully, playing with them or leaving them to play with their toys gives them an extra way to burn off some steam!
Take Out Pet Insurance
Don’t forget to take out some pet insurance either. If you don’t have any pet insurance, then you will need to pay for any future vet bills in full and, trust me, they can be extremely expensive! Don’t worry; pet insurance is never as expensive as you think it might be, and most pet owners pay just a few pounds each month. Make sure you read through the policy carefully so that you know what is going to be covered – not all policies will cover every ailment and treatment.
Invest In A Good Grooming Kit
You should also buy a dog grooming kit so that you can ensure your pet is always looking its best. But grooming the dog isn’t just about making it look nice – it can also prevent skin rashes as well as lice and fleas. If you don’t fancy grooming your dog yourself, you can always take it to your local dog groomer.
Have fun welcoming your new dog into your home!