This is a guest post from Jessica Brody. She is an animal advocate and loves to promote pet adoption and share happy stories on her website. I loved her post! She provides useful information for people who want to adopt a pet. Keep reading…
It seems everyone has a dog these days. Dogs are in millions of homes and bring great joy to their people. If you’re feeling left out because you want a pooch of your own, what are you waiting for? If it’s your first time with a dog, there are a few things to consider before you bring a four-legged best friend home.
Some things to consider before adopting a dog:
1. Your lifestyle: Are you active or do you prefer to relax? Do you travel a lot or are you a homebody? None of these different lifestyles mean that you can’t get a dog; your lifestyle will determine your optimal dog’s breed and what accommodations you’ll need for your pooch. For example, if you travel a lot, you’ll have to leave him with a friend or pay for boarding. Some people do travel with dogs, but it’s not easy to take a pup on a plane.
2. Do some research: The type of dog you want should definitely be part of your decision. Even if you want to rescue a mutt from a shelter, mutts have varying personalities, too, depending on the breed mixture. It helps if you know which dogs are energetic, sensitive, easy to train or independent.
3. Read up: Once you’ve decided what type of dog to get, learn about dog behavior and needs. If you’ve never had a dog before, you really should go see a trainer or take a puppy class with your new pooch. The more you and your dog learn, the better you’ll be able to communicate with each other.
4. Start shopping: Get your pup some bowls, a bed, some toys, a crate, some baby gates, a leash and collar. For the bed and collar, it helps if you know what size your new buddy will be. Take him to a vet soon after you bring him home to establish your dog as a new patient. Your vet can make sure he’s healthy and answer any questions you may have about his care, feeding, exercise needs, training and more.
5. Hire help: If you work a normal eight-hour shift -- or longer -- your dog needs a potty break. If you can’t come home every day and let him out, consider hiring a dog walker to come and give him a visit. You can have the dog walker just come by and let him out, but your pooch will definitely appreciate a walk, and it will tire him out so he won’t be bored and destructive while waiting for you to return.
6. Give him time: When you bring a new dog into your home, don’t be discouraged if he doesn’t warm to you right away. He’s just experienced a huge change in his life. Take him around your home on a leash and let him sniff it out. Show him his bed, toys and bowls, then sit on the floor with him and play. If he’s scared and doesn’t want to play, just sit there and wait. He’ll start to come out on his own when he trusts you more. Offering him some treats will help.
Your new pup will soon learn that your home is his home, and he’ll be more comfortable in time. Be patient with him while he learns your rules, and don’t ever yell at your dog. A loud “no” is OK, but yelling, threatening or intimidating your dog will make matters worse. Give him a chance to relax and soon, you’ll have a new best friend to take around town and visit the dog parks. Having a dog brings lots of joy and love into your life, so be prepared to laugh and cuddle with your new sweetheart.
AUTHOR BIO: Jessica Brody created OurBestFriends to offer a place for animal lovers to share their favorite pet photos and stories about their furry pals.