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5 Things to think about BEFORE you get your new dog!

So you think you are ready for a puppy? Here are a few things to think about before bringing them home!

1. Time & Energy

  • Dogs take a lot of time and energy on a day to day basis but especially when they are new to your home. With everything being so new, some dogs may need time to adjust. Your future dog’s temperament plays a big part in this. Are they naturally calm or hyper, do they tend to sniff around or eat every thing. With puppies it’s a little harder to read them because they develop their personalities with time, there are often signs though. You will need to invest a lot of time and energy into making the process as smooth as possible while communicating your needs to your dog as well.

2. Training & Socializing

  • Training & Socializing is important for every dog regardless of age. There are basic commands that every dog should know to keep them safe. Things like “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come” can be helpful if your dog is in danger or you need them to respond immediately. Socializing is also important, this means to other dogs as well as the environment they live in. How do they approach other dogs? Can they read that a growl is not play? Are they afraid of going outside or what could happen when outside? Do they seem extremely anxious when you are not close? We offer basic training here at Happy Panters 

3. Pet Necessities

  • Dogs use a lot of stuff. They need doggie beds, bowls, clothes (depending on their coat and the weather). Dogs need special food and toys, they need collars and leashes. Treats and lots more! Here is a List for a new pet parent!

4. Vet

  • Just like us, dogs need check-ups, shots and vet visits. There are a lot of vets in America now and many different types of pet insurances. Even Petco & PetSmart has some type of vet option. Dogs have a list of vaccinations they need to be healthy. Please research a head of time because vet visits can be costly. Choose a vet or insurance plan that works best for you and your dog. Vet Chart!

5. Grooming/Shedding

  • Many breeds require regular grooming. Their fur gets matted easily and that can be very uncomfortable for your dog, not to mention it will be expensive as well. Grooming takes care of bathes, nails, anal glands, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, and more. Some breeds grow hair long and/or double coated needing regular grooming while others may grow short hair which can cause a lot of shedding. This is very important to think about before choosing the breed that fits you. There are some breeds that are hypoallergenic as well. It is important to note, even if the breed has short hair, regular grooming is still required. They still need bathes, nails cut, teeth brushed, ear cleaned, etc.

Owning a pet is a very rewarding experience that also requires a lot of work. Think of your pet as a baby or small toddler and you will begin to understand. Everything you would do for a baby or small toddler you may have to do for your dog. Research dog breeds, personalities, vets, grooming needs, training expenses, day to day care and support before getting your new dog.

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