If you’ve been on social media, you probably saw lots of #nationalpuppyday posts trending this week...March 23rd was National Puppy Day! Maybe all these puppy pics have you feeling like it is time to bring a new pooch into your home! Here are some tips if you’re considering welcoming a new dog into your life.
Do Your Research!
This is a big one! It’s really important to make sure that you’re prepared for a dog. Puppies require a ton of resources; they’re expensive, require lots of patience, and take a lot of time and energy! Any pet parent will tell you that these needs are far outweighed by the benefits of having a pet in your life, but it is important to make sure you are prepared for all your new puppy’s needs. It is also necessary to look into different breeds to see what will fit your lifestyle best - you don’t want to end up with a working breed dog if you prefer a more laid back lifestyle, for example. Look into reputable rescues or breeders in your area.
You’ll need to get your house prepared before your new bud arrives! Make sure you get these supplies gathered ahead of time:
-collar, leash, harness, poop bags
-food and water bowls
-AAFCO-approved puppy food
-dog treats (make sure they are appropriately sized for your puppy)
You’ll also want to puppy-proof your living space! It can be helpful to invest in a baby gate or two to block off unsafe spaces from your dog. You’ll want to make sure anything toxic is safely stored away, and that you’ve removed any items your pup might chew on. New puppies explore a lot of the world through their nose, but also their mouths!
Find Your A-Team!
Raising a dog is a lot of work, and it isn’t something you should take on by yourself! You will want to find a veterinary clinic that suits your needs. Veterinarians can range in price-point, and take different approaches. It may be important to you to find a more holistically-minded veterinarian, or one who practices integrative medicine. You’ll want to find out what their hours are, and where the nearest emergency clinic is located so you can be prepared if your dog needs care when your regular clinic is closed. It is also a great idea to find a certified trainer to work with! Some trainers offer one-on-one sessions, but many new puppy parents prefer a group class setting as this also allows for more socialization for your dog.
Welcoming a new furbaby into your life is so exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Don’t forget, your friends at healthybud are always here to help!