GUEST POST: Adopting Your First Family Dog? Here's What You Need to Know
You love scrolling through dog videos online, going through a slew of AdoptDontShop posts, and contemplating about adopting one.
We get it—giving a rescued dog a new forever home is one of life’s greatest joys, and dog parents will surely agree with us on this! After all, there are a lot of rescued, beautiful dogs that need a family, so if you are considering adopting a dog, then you have already reached a huge milestone! While it’s true that dogs give us unconditional companionship and love , they come with responsibility and commitment. Whether you want to adopt a puppy or a senior, or a large or small dog, first, you have to accept the responsibility of providing their needs to give them the best life.
So, before you give in to those sweet, puppy eyes and adorable disposition, here are simple reminders to keep in mind to make you the best fur-parent ever:
1. Follow your head, not just your heart
We get it: there is a sheer number of adorable dogs in the adoption center, and you might be tempted to decide which one to get right away. However, you need to stay a little bit detached and let your affections develop later on to help you come up with a sound decision. If you already have a breed in mind, make sure to do extensive research about it. Knowing the breed’s usual behaviors, activity level, common health issues, dietary requirements, and if they are prone to digging will help you identify if his or her lifestyle demands will suit yours. If you can’t decide which breed to choose, consider a dog size that best fits the amount of space you have at home. If you live in a spacious home, you can opt for a large dog like Great Dane. But, if you live in an apartment, a Shih Tzu can be an ideal fur baby. Likewise, it is also important to choose which dog fits your lifestyle. For instance, if you live a sedentary lifestyle and enjoy most of your free time binge-watching your favorite series, then an outdoorsy dog with high energy levels like a Labrador Retriever may not suit you the best.
2. Preparing the essential dog materials
Now that you have figured out which dog best matches your wants and lifestyle, it’s time to prepare for his or her arrival! Dog essentials include but are not limited to the following: * Beddings and extra blankets to keep your furry friend warm during the coldest days * High-quality dog food containing real meat, high protein levels, and low-calorie levels * Metal food and water bowls that are ideal for your dog’s size * Collar and leash or harness * Toys to keep boredom at bay It’s also important to make your home puppy-proof by hiding hazardous and dangerous items such as sharp objects, electrical wirings, and chemical disinfectants. You know the old adage: a dog is a man’s best friend. And our four-legged best friends only deserve the best! To have a smooth-sailing process when it comes to adopting your first family dog, you can read these detailed expert tips to make your pet parenthood journey easier!
Guest Post written by Mike Powell of DogEmbassy.com
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