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Are You Really Ready To Bring a Dog Into your Home?

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Getting a pet for the first time is a big decision to make. After all, you want to make sure you are choosing well and bring home a pet that fits in well with your family. But you also need to make sure you are prepared for the pet you are bringing home. It is unfair for them to not have a suitable home for them to grow, learn and be loved in.

You have probably run through all the pros and cons of getting a new dog. But before you take the plunge, then make sure you have taken all of the following into account before making the next step.

A New Pup or Adopt a Pup

It can be tempting to opt for a new puppy from a breeder. New pups are simply adorable and if you buy from a reputable breeder, you can rest assured of the genes and quality of the breed you are buying, such as the heart-melting American Chocolate Labs. But do your homework first, ask for registration documents and check out all the details thoroughly. Ask to see the dogs and how they live at home and see for yourself how well they are treated.
But you shouldn't discard dogs who are looking for a new forever home. There are many reasons dogs end up in shelters. And many places take their care of animals seriously. You can often find that dogs have been well looked after as well as being thoroughly trained, regularly exercised and treated as well as they would in a loving home. 
The staff at dog kennels and shelters can help you make a choice by letting you know how they respond in different situations and even advise a particular dog to fit in your family dynamic.

Are You Mentally And Physically Ready?

You may think you are but are you really? Dogs need plenty of attention, especially in the first few weeks as you all get to know each other and settle into a routine. We all know dogs need walking, but some dogs need to be walked more than others. Is this something you can take on?
Are you also ready for everything to be covered in dog hair and the smell of dog? This can take some getting used to especially for those who have never had a pet before. Just as you will need to get used to the dog, they will need to get used to you and your house. Things such as marking their territory are common as is some level of apprehension. Dogs are sensitive creatures and they respond well to love and firm and consistent behavior. But once you crack it and find your groove, you can find you have a relationship for life that you can depend on, no matter how much you fight it.
One last thing; can you afford to give your new pet all the items it needs. Food, exercise, toys, vet bills, etc can all add up. It isn't cheap and can be a huge drain on your finances especially if you are already struggling financially.

Which Size Dog are You Looking for?

Have you considered the size of a fully grown dog? Different pups grow up to be different sizes just as humans do. That cute adorable pup you are looking for might very well turn out to be a thundering stud of a dog that needs a lot of space to run around. Can your home accommodate this?
If you are lacking space, then maybe you need to consider a breed that stays relatively small. Make sure you know how big to expect your new dog to grow when fully grown so you can make a more informed choice before bringing your new pet home.

Is Your Home Ready?

Are you puppy proofed? Do you know what to expect when it comes to bringing a new pup home? Destructive behaviour can be common and extremely infuriating. It is par for the course to expect some hiccup and teething issues as you are gelling as a family. But you need to make sure that you have protected your home and your new dog before they arrive home for the first time.
Get down on their level and see what hazards you can find. Any loose wires, cables, fittings. All of these are attractive options for a dog. Lock any cabinets that they may be able to open and move anything that could be harmful out of reach.
Lock away medicines and keep your trash somewhere they can't get at it. Consider moving shoes and laundry to a different room or level of the house so the dog can't chew at them.

Anything Else You Should Know?

We have some ideas of things you should stock up for your new arrival, much as you would when you are expecting a new baby!
  • Puppy Training Pads
  • A Dog Leash
  • Adjustable Collar with ID Tag
  • A Dog Bed
  • A Dog Blanket
  • Chew Toys
  • A Water Bowl - Preferably Metal or Ceramic
  • A Grooming Kit
  • Safety Gates if You Need to Restrict Your dog's Movement eg Upstairs.
  • Vitamins If Required
It is also a good idea to find yourself a vet before you bring home your new pet. this will give you a point of contact in case of emergencies and someone you can register them for vaccinations. Ask friends and family for recommendations so you can be confident you have picked the right vet to care for your dog.
Pet Insurance is also a good idea. If you are buying an older dog, there may be restrictions so it is worth checking this out beforehand too. Pet insurance can ease the financial burden of huge vet bills should your dog become ill or be involved in an accident. No one likes to think of this happening but it will be worthwhile even if just to give you peace of mind.

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