Thinking about getting your first-ever adopted dog? You must be feeling ecstatic right now! We know how it feels—scrolling through countless dog videos online and wanting to get one yourself. As you may have already known, adopting a dog for the first time is a thrilling adventure. But unlike usual adventures, this is not a spontaneous one. The journey to dog parenthood is something to be prepared for.
You see, being a dog parent is a long-term commitment. So, before you get a dog, there are a few reminders you should keep in mind for successful dog parenthood. If you want to know more, make sure to scroll further!
Choosing the right breed
Can’t get your mind off of that cute, fluffy Maltese you saw in the adoption center? Or that Golden Retriever with the cutest puppy eyes? We get it, there’s no way we can contain a dog’s cuteness, and you might be tempted to get that “adorable one” right away. But it’s important to figure out which dog best fits your lifestyle.
For instance, if you live in a small apartment, a toy dog like a Pomeranian or Yorkshire Terrier may be a perfect pair. On the other hand, if you have a huge backyard and are willing to take care of an outdoorsy one like a Labrador Retriever may suit your lifestyle the best.
However, if you already have a breed in mind, research about it. Find out about its quirks, usual behavior, common health problems, and special dietary needs, if any. Learning about your desired breed’s background will help you identify if his or her lifestyle will fit yours.
Gather necessary dog supplies
Now that you know how to identify which dog best matches you and your lifestyle, now it’s about time to gather his necessities!
Get everything your pooch will need to make him feel happy, comfortable, and safe in your home. From high-quality dog food to dog beds, pet toiletries, collar, and leash treats, grooming supplies, and chew toys.
Puppy-proof your home
Just like baby proofing, it’s vital to prepare a space before your new furry friend comes home. Keep away items that bring potential harm for overly curious dogs. Also, keep shoes, sandals, and other important items out of reach of your dog.
Aside from preparing your home, you should prepare the whole family too. You and your family members can assign and divide responsibilities among yourselves. Don’t forget to assign a safe, private space for your pooch. It will serve as a place wherein they can be comfortable throughout the adjustment period.
If you have cats at home, it’s imperative to have a designated dog-free spot wherein they can take refuge. The whole preparation process may be tedious, but all these efforts will be beneficial to everyone.
Now, you’re officially a dog parent! The first moments may be challenging, but following these basic tips will help your new four-legged friend feel secure in his new home, with his new family.
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Mike is a dog lover and an established writer from Los Angeles, California in the United States. He manages Dog Embassy, a website that aims to provide information about dog nutrition, exercise, accessories, and more.