Are You Ready To Bring Home A Puppy?

Introducing a new family puppy is definitely exciting, however, it can bring all sorts of stress and anxiety for both you and the puppy. This means it’s important to make sure you put the right steps into place to prepare for your new arrival. Becoming a new pet owner, means you have the responsibility of ensuring the transition into the family home goes as smoothly as possible. It will help to minimise stress and quickly warm them into becoming one of the family households. 

Before you bring your new puppy home, there are some things that you can do to be properly prepared.

Food And Water Bowls 

It might seem like this is quite a trivial matter and that just any bowl will do, however, the best type of bowl that you can use is heavy-bottomed stainless steel or ceramic bowl. Plastic bowls are tempting, especially to a puppy but you will find that they are quickly turned into another chew toy. This can create a haven for bad bacteria, leave them with damages to their gums or teeth and could make your new puppy rather poorly. Not only this, these bowls are much easier to clean and less likely to be knocked over, resulting in less mess. 

A Safe Environment 

Although you might want your new puppy to feel as though they are part of the family and probably have images of them snuggling with you on the sofa the first night, in reality, your puppy is going to be extremely nervous and uneasy in its first week or so in your home. This is because they are getting used to their new environment. If you have kids this new environment is likely noisier than they are used to too. You need to be able to provide your puppy with a safe and quiet environment where they can retreat if they feel as though things are getting a little too much, using something like puppy pens is ideal. These are also the ideal place to put your puppy whenever you leave your home, not only does it ensure their safety but it also prevents any damages to your home. 

Grooming Essentials 

Grooming is a great way for you to bond with your puppy, and getting them used to being brushed is something that will build up trust. Not only that it will mean that they’re well looked after, as they’re bound to get into some sort of a mess at some point, especially when exploring the outside for the first time. Think about getting a home grooming kit that includes a decent brush, nail clippers and dog-friendly bath wash. Some people choose to use a professional dog grooming service, however, having a kit at home for emergencies is essential for looking after your new puppy. Puppies have a habit of getting into mischief and that usually results in the need for a bath! 

These three areas will help you get ready to bring a new puppy home, do you have any other tips that you can share in the comments? 

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3 Things To Be Prepared For When You Get A Dog

If you are thinking of getting a dog, you can be sure that it’s going to be a huge decision which will dramatically affect your life. We all know that a dog is a huge responsibility to have, but often it’s not until you actually have it home that it really sinks in! If you are keen on getting a dog though, doing some research beforehand is going to help you out a lot. With that in mind, in this article we are going to focus in particular on a few of the major things that you need to be fully prepared for if you are going to get a dog. As long as you are prepared, you will find that you are in a much better situation to get a dog and to make the most of it.

Cost

First up, let’s look at the cost of owning and caring for a dog. You are going to need to make sure that you are able to afford it, otherwise it is just not. The cost is often a lot higher than people realise, and there are many things that you are going to need to budget for in order to get it right. For instance, there is going to be the food and dog bed and all of the other supplies to consider. However, you can always reduce the cost of these things by being clever about where you source them from, and making a point of shopping around. That way, getting hold of supplies can actually be cheaper than you would expect.

Time

You can’t simply get a dog and expect that it won’t take up much time. It is always going to, and the more prepared you are for that fact, the better off you will be. You need to spend a lot of hours with your dog showing them love, training and exercising them, feeding them and so on. If you are so busy that you are not able to do much of this, then that means you probably don’t have the right lifestyle for a dog. It would be better to get something like a cat, or to try and change your lifestyle first if that is really what you want to do.

Noise

Although you get different kinds of dogs with varying voice boxes, it is also true that you will have to put up with a bit of noise from time to time. It shouldn’t be a massive problem, but if you are not prepared, then you might find that it’s something of a challenge to get used to it, so this is certainly something to think about.

Silent Sunday – 19/01/14

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Dog-Sitting Suprise

My lovely Dad has been on holiday in Australia for the past six weeks. Yes folks, that’s SIX WEEKS if you please! I mean, is it alright for some or what? He has been (deservedly) enjoying endless weeks of glorious sun while back here, in the freezing subzero spring temperatures (ok, we were spoiled with a few warm days during that time), I have been dog sitting his pooch. I won’t name her, she may not like it. I might be breaching dogs’ privacy rights or something hehe. But yes, I, very reluctantly, agreed to take care of his precious mutt while he was away. [Read more…]

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