Welcoming a new pet into your home is a big decision, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So many dogs and cats are taken to shelters or returned back there once owners realise that they have a responsibility. If you decide to take on a puppy or kitten as opposed to an adult animal then you need to be aware that these will take up even more time. If you have the time and love to give, an animal becomes a part of the family and will change your life in a fantastic way.
If you decide upon a dog, these obviously take more looking after than a cat would. You should also consider the various breeds available as some are higher maintenance than others. If you choose something such as a Border Collie, Dalmatian, Greyhound etc. then these are all high energy dogs who need much more exercise than those that have less energy such as a Daschund, Pug or Pomeranian.
Once you are committed and have decided upon a breed that will fit the type of lifestyle you can offer, you need to make sure that your home is ready for when they arrive. You can of course buy things as you go but it is easier if you are prepared in advance. It is best if you have one hundred percent chosen the dog you want so you can tailor what you buy to the type of breed they are, this way you won’t buy a huge dog bed for a Chihuahua!
When shopping for your new addition it is important that you select the right type of food, don’t just go for something generic. If you have decided to get a puppy, select food that is specifically designed for puppies and junior dogs. It has different amounts of certain ingredients in it to suit their age and the amount of energy they have. You can also find breed specific dog food for adult dogs which is beneficial in keeping them happy and healthy.
You will of course be excited to take your pooch home but try not to get over excited and indulge it in lots of treats that they just don’t need. Also don’t tire them out too much when you first take them home, they will need to adjust and get used to their surroundings so make sure they are able to take time out to settle too. With the right food, plenty of water, exercise, a comfy bed, a few toys and a lot of love to give, you will be giving a puppy the best start in life and they will in turn make yours better too!