Congratulations, you now own a dog, or you could be about to collect one, but whatever the situation at some point you will be responsible for a little four legged animal that will fill your life with happiness.
Before you even decide on anything else, you’ll have to think if a dog can actually fir into your life. Yes, dogs are cute and will fill your life with happiness, but is it really a practical decision. If you work full time everyday and nobody is at home, a dog might not be a very fair choice, cats are probably your best choice, due to how independent they are. Nobody wants to put you off having a dog but you have to look at it from their point of view, is it really fair?
Also, you’ll want to definitely make sure you’re not going to be moving in, around, the first year of their lives, moving could cause stress. You’ll also need to check that you don’t have nay holidays, that you can’t take the dog with you, as this is unfair for the dog to be left at home with someone else, especially in the early stages of their ‘puppy-hood’.
Once you’ve decided whether a dog will fit into your life, it’s now time for the breed. There are so many breeds you can choose, from terriers to Labradors, there’s literally thousands! This may sound odd, but it makes the process easier because you can choose the breed that you can fit into your lifestyle; doing the research will help A LOT.
When choosing a breed you should consider, how many walks a day it’ll need, can they get along if you have children or other pets, such as a cat, do they need to go to the groomers or vets often because of conditions or their fur might need maintaining regularly, will they need certain foods that could be more expensive or do they need a lot of regular attention as some dogs that have come from rescue centres might of had a bad up bringing and are now quite nervous?
For example, if you are a part-time worker with a child who lives in an apartment, you might want to consider a smaller breed such as a chihuahua or pug.
Next, where? Shelter vs Breeder? Everyone always says it’s best to find a pooch from a rescue centre etc, which it is because you’re giving them a second chance but some dogs from rescue might not be suitable for your home, you can adopt if you rent, some dogs might be quite nervous like we said above, but it is best if you can adopt because it making the best possible life for them, and as well as saving their lives you’re also opening up a a spot in the rescue centre for another pup that needs to be cared for.
As much as breeders are great for having a dog that you know of their certain breed and you can pick the one you truly want, you can also view the mother and their environment they grew up in but it can also become considerably expensive as they will most likely try and make a large profit out of you and you also might have to pay for all vet checks such as micro chipping.
The age will additionally be different, at rescue centres the age will very from very round to quite an old age, where as breeders will only, really sell puppies.
Now, once you’ve chosen your pup, it’s time to collect them. A carrier that has a blanket and a new (or old toy that has come from their previous location) will be perfect. If your new pooch isn’t a small breed or puppy a comfortable lead and a nice place to sit in the car would be ideal.
If you are about to embark on a longer journey or even a short one, food and water is great to make them feel settled and less nervous straight away.
Is your house dog proof? Are you ready? Be careful of decor or anything important being on ‘Dog level’ so they can’t get into mischief as soon as they walk through that door. Have you got all the essentials liek beds, toys, treats, a Gencon Dog head collar?
Now, clear your day so you can spend it purely getting to know your new best friend, play, cuddle and be happy with the new love in your life. If you have other pets then wait until your new pup is able to feel comfortable and happy in this new environment before introducing each other. Try and keep he situation quite and calm; so no loud noises.
Make sure you have sleeping arrangements sorted, it varies on what situation you’re in. don’t let them get into bad habits from the start, like sleeping in your bed, as cute as it might sound, they most likely won’t want to move if that’s where they sleep first time around.
Vet checks are so important, for more information on micro chipping check out – http://www.chipitcheckit.co.uk/
Now, the Name. The most important factor! There are millions of names in the world, but it’s best to pick a two-syllable name so they don’t get confused with the on-syllable words you use, such as ‘no’ and ‘sit’, something like ‘Pick-le’ or ‘Stan-ley’ would be perfect!
Lastly, Have fun! Enjoy every single moment of getting to know your knew best friend.
Do you have any tips we might of missed out? The Gencon dog head collar would be perfect for every new or older pup! The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking. The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Gencon Dog Head Collar is recommend by The Guild of Dog Trainers!