Owning a pet for the first time is a wonderful, exciting experience. New pet owners look forward to many years of happiness and companionship with their animals. But getting a pet for the first time also can be stressful because it is a new experience. And there is plenty to learn. Here are a few tips if you are going to be a first-time dog owner.
- Be certain you can take on such a responsibility.
You need to be sure you can handle the responsibility of owning a pet, to do the things necessary to make sure your dog is happy, well-adjusted and healthy. For example, you may need to take him or her to dog obedience school and then practice with your animal.
You need to be able to feed your animal every day, along with giving him fresh water and exercise daily. You also need to be able to clean up after your pet when he drools or sheds. Dog owners also need patience for those times when their pets have an accident on the carpet or chew on one of their favorite books.
And you need to make the time to take him to the vet regularly. Also, you need to be sure you have enough room in your home for a dog.
If you take a liking to a particular animal, you need to learn about his or her background before you make a commitment. Talk to the dog’s owner or breeder and learn as much as you can about the animal. Find out what the dog’s daily routine is and how he handles himself around people and other dogs. How does he behave around children?
- Get the things you need to care for a dog.
There are some basic items you need to have before you bring your dog home. These include a leash, collar, identification tags, the right kind of dog food, toys, dog bedding, stainless steel food and water bowls, and dog waste bags.
- Be with your dog.
When you first bring your pet home, you need to spend the day with him so that the two of you can get acquainted. Give him time to explore his new home and meet his new family members.
- Give your pet things to do.
You need to make plans for when you are at work, and there is no one at home to be with your pet. Hire a pet sitter, or take him to a dog day care center, or buy him toys that will keep him stimulated.
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