You probably saw lots of #nationalpuppyday posts trending on social media this week... March 23rd was National Puppy Day!
Did all those puppy pics have you feeling like it's time to bring a new pooch into your home? Here are three important steps to take if you’re considering welcoming a new dog into your life.
🔍 Do your research!
It’s really important to make sure that you’re prepared for a dog before you bring one home. Puppies are expensive, and they require a lot of time and energy — and patience!
Any pet parent will tell you a puppy's needs are far outweighed by the benefits of having a pet in your life. Even still, it is important to make sure you are prepared for those needs.
It is also important to research different dog breeds to learn what will fit your lifestyle best. A working-breed dog isn't the best choice if you prefer a more laid-back lifestyle, for example. Look into reputable rescues or breeders in your area for more information.
🛒 Prepare ahead!
Once you're decided to get a new puppy, get your house ready before your new bud arrives! Get these supplies ahead of time:
- Appropriately-sized crate.
- Collar, leash, harness, and poop bags.
- Dog bed.
- Food and water bowls.
- AAFCO-approved puppy food.
- Dog treats (make sure they are appropriately sized for your puppy).
You also need to puppy-proof your living space! A baby gate or two can help you block off unsafe spaces from your dog. Make sure anything toxic is safely stored away, and remove 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 — don't take it on alone! Find a veterinary clinic that suits your needs before you bring your puppy home.
Veterinarians can range in fees and operating hours. Also, there are several different approaches to animal care. You may want to find a more holistically minded veterinarian, or one who practices integrative medicine.
It's also a great idea to find a certified trainer! Some trainers offer one-on-one sessions, but many new puppy parents prefer a group class setting as this allows for more socialization for your dog.
In addition to finding a regular vet, research the locations of emergency vet clinics in your community. Put the locations and phone numbers somewhere easy to find, like on your fridge door. We hope you'll never need an emergency vet's services, but you'll be glad to have the information handy if you do.
Welcoming a new furbaby into your life is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. But with a bit of research and prep work, your first days with your puppy can be less stressful for you both.
Stay healthy, stay happy, stay curious #healthygang!
Lots of love,
- The healthybud team
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is not meant to replace your vet’s advice or prescribed medications, but only to suggest additional options to explore, based on your dog’s condition.