Dogs are fun to have around. You get to play with them, teach them cool tricks, and just admire their cuteness. However, taking care of a dog is quite a big responsibility, one that not everyone can handle. Besides, there are a lot of other things you need to ensure before having a dog at your home.
So, to help you decide whether you’re ready to have a dog or not, here are 7 things that you must ensure.
#1 Making sure that you can manage the time
Looking after your dog will take up a lot of your time, especially during the dog’s puppy days. You’ll have to keep your dog in-check, make sure it doesn’t do anything dumb or hurt itself, potty train it, feed it, and so on. You’ll also have to manage time to take your dog to the vet when necessary. Apart from all this, there are the usual dog walking days that you need to manage as well. All in all, you can be sure that you’ll have to dedicate a great deal of your time to taking care of your dog.
#2 Giving your family members or roommates a heads up
The last thing you want is to bring a dog home unannounced. If you’re considering surprising someone, you should rethink the decision. You’re bringing in a live animal, which is a huge responsibility in itself. On top of that, what if your family members or roommates are allergic to dogs? You wouldn’t want to adopt a cute little puppy only to let go of it later on because it makes people sneeze. So before getting the dog, you should consult with those living with you, and give them a heads up.
#3 Puppy-proofing the house
The best way to dog-proof your house is by making sure that you don’t keep small items lying around on the floor, or anywhere within the dog’s reach. Puppies, especially, are very curious and are likely to stick anything they find in their mouths (just like human babies). So you should not throw stuff unnecessarily around your house. If you drop any medicine or toxic substance on the floor, you should immediately clean it. Block the puppy’s access to open balconies or high spaces from where it might fall and hurt itself. If the pup has access to your entire house, don’t let it roam around unsupervised.
#4 Knowing what type of food the dog eats
Dogs bred in captivity are more inclined towards dog food (artificially made). On the other hand, if you’re adopting or rescuing a puppy from the streets, you can pretty much get them used to whatever meal plan you want. These dogs are more accepting of the variation in food. That being said, you still need to be aware of the various food types available to dogs and ensure that they’re following a proper meal plan during the early stages of their growth.
#5 Getting a dog bed
Unless you want your pet to sleep on the bare floor, or occupy the bed, couch, or sofa, you should get a bed for your dog. You can buy dog beds online; they don’t cost much. The best dog bed available in the market will cost you something in the triple-digit region. However, most of the beds are available at a lot less. When you buy a dog bed, you should take the size of your dog into consideration. Small dogs can adjust to any size, but large dogs need a very specific size of bed. Also, try to make sure that the bed is easy to clean and waterproof. Things will be a lot easier for you if the bed were machine washable as well.
#6 Buying chew toys
As mentioned earlier, dogs are curious and will put anything small into their mouths. If you don’t get them chew toys, they’ll find a replacement on their own, which is something you wouldn’t want. So whenever you have a new dog at your house, get them some chew toys and let them get used to them.
#7 Knowing how to show affection
Finally, before you bring the dog home, you need to promise yourself that whatever you do, you won’t be mean to it. You must show them affection, and take care of them just like you would take care of your own child. Remember, dogs consider humans to be their best friends; so you better give them the treatment they deserve.