Things to consider before bringing your new pup home
The day you’ll finally get to meet your future pet for the first time is usually one of the greatest moments you’ll ever live. The same can be said about the moment you bring your pup home. Because many people aren’t really prepared for the consequences that come with owning a furry friend, here are some tips to consider before bringing a dog into your house.
- Will your choice of breed fit your lifestyle?
Choosing a pup based on how cute he looks when you see him for the first time is probably one of the worst mistakes people make. More often than not these dogs are dropped at an animal shelter just weeks or months after they were brought home because they tend to be too needy, too intolerant, or too low/ high energy, and the list of potential flaws is endless.
Get to know the breed that you are interested in before finally deciding on what type of dog you want to own. Also, be ready to change your opinion, in case you find out that that respective breed of pup won’t fit perfectly with your lifestyle.
- Can you really commit?
Before deciding to bring a pup into your home, you need to ask yourself if you will have enough time to take care of him, to feed him, to walk him at least three times a day or to clean after him, in the first weeks after he becomes a member of your family. If the answer to any of these questions is “no” and you have no one to help you with these tasks, then you should stop about even thinking of owning a dog and consider buying a turtle of a fish instead or some other pet that doesn’t require so much of your time.
- Make your house pet-friendly
Just like when you bring a baby inside your home and you need to child-proof every room of the house, if you do decide to buy a dog, you’ll have to go through the rooms of your property and search out any potential hazards for your pup. Simple everyday items, like chewing gum, detergent or acetaminophen might be deadly to your four-legged friend, so you’ll need to do a little research in order to remove any potential life-threatening objects.
Also, if you have a yard, you’ll need to build a high enough fence around it, in order to keep your pup inside your property and install products from our website that will prevent your furry friend from digging under the fence in order to “escape”.
These three steps are essential before finally deciding to bring a beautiful little doggy inside your house. And don’t forget to always ask your local veterinarian some more questions regarding the medical matters that you need to know before owning a pup.