In this article, Mike Powell unleashes some tips for first-time dog owners, from choosing the best pup for you to dog-proofing your home.
Whether it is a slew of cute dog videos or a barrage of #AdoptDontShop posts that motivated you to add a four-legged member to your home, adopting a dog means so much more than having a pet. It also means saving a life.
However, the adoption process can be daunting – especially if you are a first-time dog owner.
Choosing the right breed
Deciding to adopt a dog starts with having an idea of what you exactly need and want in a furry best friend.
Remember not to fall too hard over a dog’s cuteness! Choose a pup that fits your family and your lifestyle before anything else. Here are some considerations you should research about:
- Size: Do you want a large breed like a Siberian Husky? Perhaps, a smaller breed like a Chihuahua? Make sure your current home is suitable for your dog of choice.
- Activity level: Do you want an outgoing, active dog that compliments your active lifestyle? Perhaps a chill, gentle one? Ensure that your dog’s activity level will match your lifestyle. For instance, a naturally active dog like a Golden Retriever or Labrador will suit your lifestyle if you love outdoor sports and activities.
- Temperament: Do you prefer a companion that’s gentle yet playful with children? Or do you want a dog that’s very protective and alert to boost security levels at home?
Preparing your dog’s necessities
Now that you have the perfect dog in mind, you will need to prepare the necessary supplies to keep your dog happy and healthy. Here’s a rundown of a dog’s necessities:
- Dog food: When choosing the perfect dog food, opt for a high-quality or a vet-recommended brand. If your dog has stomach sensitivity, you may consider buying a high-quality, low-fat formula dog food.
- Toys: These are essentials to keep boredom at bay.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste: Your furry companion will need access to dental health, too!
- Poop scooper and bags: These will take the hassle out of cleaning your dog’s stool!
- Dog bed: A comfy bed to spend his sleepy hours on!
- Leash, ID tag, and collar: These walking essentials should not be missed!
- Dog treats: Treats are just as important as dog food, especially during your dog’s first days at home! Why? Because treats will make it easier for your new pooch to trust you!
Dog-proof your home
Upon the arrival of your new furry friend, they can be curious and playful. To ensure a safe environment for your dog, consider doing these dog-proofing hacks:
- Place chemical-laden disinfectants and supplies on high shelves;
- Keep trash bins covered;
- Put away important stuff (shoes, documents, children’s toys) and keep them in a safe, secured place;
- Keep house plants, especially the potentially poisonous ones, out of your dog’s reach;
- Move or repurpose electrical wires.
With these tips in mind, you are bound to have a hassle-free adoption process. Welcome to dog parenthood!
About the Author
Mike Powell is a dog lover, animal advocate, and the owner of Dog Embassy.
The website provides a wealth of information about everything you need about dogs, from nutritional needs to the best dog gears.
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