Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Dos And Don'ts Of Preparing For A Dog

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Have your kids been pestering you for a dog? It may seem like a good idea at first, and you may think that a cute and cuddly addition to your family will provide your kids with a great playmate. However, there are a lot of other things that you need to remember. After all, you and your family will be taking on a huge responsibility! Here are the dos and don'ts of preparing your family for a new dog!
Don’t Get A Dog If Your Kids Aren’t Ready

Are you sure your kids are 1005 ready to welcome a new dog into their home? Young children might find this new pet quite intimidating, especially if you get an energetic and boisterous puppy. If you aren’t too sure how your children might react to a new pet, you should see how they are around pets that belong to your friends and relatives. If your children are happy around these animals, then they should be okay when your new pup moves in. However, if any of your children seem nervous or intimidated by dogs, it might be best to wait a couple of years so that they can develop their confidence.

Do Prepare For Big Bills

There is one aspect of owning a dog that you just won’t be able to escape, and that is the big bills that often come with them! For instance, you will have to pay for vet’s bills, flea control, and grooming. And that’s not where the costs end! You will also need to start budgeting for your pet’s food and accessories, such as a bed and toys. Even though the premiums can be slightly expensive, it is well worth buying a pet insurance policy. This may seem expensive at first, but it will save you money in the long run as it can drastically cut any vet bills.

Don’t Think Getting A Dog Is Easy

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when getting a new dog is thinking that it is going to be easy. It probably won’t be, and you should expect to hit a few stumbling blocks along the way. For example, if you get a new puppy, you will probably have to train it. Until the dog is fully trained, it might be quite badly behaved, which can be tricky to deal with. Especially if you have never had a dog before! However, if you are prepared to ride out these problems, you will find that owning a dog becomes a lot easier!

Do Set Time Aside For Walks

No matter how busy your schedule may be, you need to ensure that you have plenty of time to spend with your dog and take it for walks. If your dog doesn’t get enough exercise, it could end up with a lot of pent up energy, which could easily turn into bad behavior and anxiety problems. So make sure you have plenty of time for walkies before you bring a dog home!

Here are just some of the things that you need to remember before getting a dog. Do you have a dog? Comment down below.

xoxo,
Therese
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