Many of us have dogs in our childhoods, or grow up with them through visits to other family members or friends houses. However, this is not the same as getting your own puppy. All of a sudden, all of the responsibility is on you.
Or, what about if you’ve never had a pet, not even as a child?
Either way, this guide is for you. Here is what you need to know in advance of bringing your puppy home and making he or she part of your family.
Exercise is a right, not a privileged
There are some days when we humans can sit around all day and not do any exercises. In fact, we can do this for quite a few days in a row and be okay! Dogs, however, are a completely different species- literally! Exercise for a dog is not a privilege that they get every few days, or if they are well behaved. They need to be walked every single day; without exception. If you have to miss a day, have a dog walkers number on hand to take over. If they aren’t walked, they could develop issues with their health. They are also far more likely to get bored and frustrated. This could lead to them becoming unfriendly or intentionally messing up the house. Plus, a dog that isn’t giving time to empty its bladder and bowels outside will have to find somewhere else to do it.
House training takes time
On the topic of dog poop, let’s talk about house training! There is no miraculous way to train them instantly. Plus, you need to be aware that there might be some hiccups along the way. House training, however difficult, is necessary. That is unless you like your curtains and best cushions in shreds…
Be prepared to put in the hours
It might be a good idea to begin by considering getting a job as a part-time job! This way, if it takes you any less time that a part-time job would, it’s a bonus! They need a lot; food, water, exercise and playtime. You’ll need to take them to the vet, so find a reputable local one ASAP. You’ll also need to protect them from flea infestations, although you can do that with products like frontline plus. Not to mention general attention and love, so they don’t feel neglected. If you have a demanding job that keeps you away from home for many hours a day, perhaps you should get a more independent pet. A cat, perhaps? Cat flaps mean they can get in and out of your house at will, thereby getting their exercise and playtime themselves.
Time is key
It is nice to imagine that the minute you get your puppy home, you will both immediately fall in love with each other. While this does happen to some people, for others it takes a bit more time. If you got your puppy from a pound or a shelter, or an unhappy home, it might be trickier. They might be afraid of you, or seemingly illogical things. This is when you have to be truly patient. Yes, even more than with the house training! Give your new puppy time to adjust to its new surroundings, and toys and owners. They will come around in time, and you’ll have the close friendship you’ve always dreamed of.