What To Consider Before Getting A Dog.
As a first time dog owner, there are several things to think about before you decide that this is a commitment you're ready to make. I compare it to having a toddler for 15 plus years:). There are a surprising number of things to consider, and you'll want to be sure that you've thought through everything.
A First Dog Owner Shopping List
Before you bring your puppy home for the first time, there are several things you'll need to make sure you have ready.
bed & blankets
collar, tags and leash
poop scoop and poop bags
toothbrush and toothpaste (designated dog toothpaste)
Prepping Your Home For A New Dog
Take a look around and be sure to dog-proof everything.
Tuck or tape loose electrical cords to baseboards, be sure to store household cleaners high on a shelf, as well as plants.
Have the gate and crate set up in their designated places, as well as the dogs food and water dishes.
Selecting The Right Diet For Your Dog
Keep in mind as you consider the brands of the dog foods available is that you want to focus on the first five ingredients, as they are the most important. Focus on finding high quality digestible proteins and try to avoid things like meat or poultry by-products, generic fat sources such as animal fat and added sweeteners, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
How Much To Feed My Dog?
To get started refer to the feeding guide on your dogs food. It will have a table that recommended amounts based on weight, also take into consideration how much exercise your dog gets to determine if they need a little less or a little more.
Over feeding your dog can lead to musculoskeletal problems, heart disease, skin disorders, oral diseases, diabetes, arthritis and some types of cancer. Treats should only make up five percent or less of a dog's daily food intake.
Foods To Avoid
There is a large list of foods that you need to be absolutely sure your dog never gets their paws on.
These foods can be dangerous or toxic to your pet.
6.grapes and raisin's
9.onions and garlic
13. salty snack foods (intended for humans)
Socializing Your Dog.
At some point you will want to start introducing your dog to other dogs. Its nice for him/her to find some playmates and gives them another outlet to exercise. Dog parks can be a great opportunity for your dog to run freely in a controlled environment. Start socializing your dog between 12 and 14 weeks of age.
What to Do If Your Dog Has An Emergency.
unfortunately at some point you may experience an emergency with your dog. Contact your veterinarians office letting them know your on the way so that they will be ready for your dog.
******* Make Sure You Always Keep Your Vets Information Visible********
Enjoy your new dog and get ready to have your heart permanently taken:)