Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but it can also be a lot of fun. As a new dog owner, there are some things you need to know in order to make sure your pet is happy and healthy. In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know when welcoming a new dog into your home.
We’ll discuss how to choose the right breed for your lifestyle, prepare your home for the arrival of your furry friend, commit to training and exercise, find a local vet, and get microchipped. We’ll also talk about the benefits of regular grooming and teeth cleaning.
Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or just looking for some helpful tips, read on for everything you need to know about taking care and preparing for the arrival of your new best friend.
Choosing the Right Breed
There are so many different breeds of dogs out there that it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Some things to consider when choosing a breed include your lifestyle, activity level, and whether or not you have any allergies.
If you work long hours and aren’t home a lot, you may want to consider a smaller breed that doesn’t require as much exercise. On the other hand, if you’re an active person who likes to go hiking or running, you’ll need a dog that can keep up with you.
There are also many breeds that are great for families with children or seniors who need a companion. Make sure to check out the American Kennel Club’s article on the 10 best family dogs.
If you have allergies, it’s recommended to choose a breed that doesn’t shed much hair because this will help keep your home clean and reduce the number of allergens in the air. Here are some useful tips to help deal with dog allergies.
Preparing Your Home for a New Dog
When you bring your new dog home, you’ll want to make sure that everything is set up and ready for him or her. First off, make sure there’s plenty of food and water available at all times so they don’t get dehydrated or hungry. You’ll also need toys for them to play with and chew on (if you have small children, make sure these are out of reach).
If your dog is going to be living inside with you, it’s important that their area has flooring that won’t scratch up easily such as hardwood or tile floors rather than carpeting which can be damaged by claws.
Lastly, if your new dog will be outside often, you’ll want to prepare a doghouse for them that’s big enough to lie down in and has a warm, dry place to relax. Make sure there’s also plenty of shade available during the day and that they have access to fresh water at all times.
Committing to Training and Exercise
One of the most important things you can do for your new dog is committing to training and exercise. Dogs need both physical and mental stimulation in order to stay healthy and happy, and training helps with both of those things.
There are many different types of training available depending on your dog’s personality and what you want to achieve. If you’re looking for a basic obedience class, Berkshire Dogs Unleashed can help. We also offer therapy dog training and rally obedience classes which is a good way to train your dog while competing in fun competitions.
If you’re looking for something more advanced than just the basics, there are more advanced level obedience classes available like our AKC Canine Good Citizens training that focuses on getting your dog AKC CGC, CGCA, or CGCU certified.
If you have a particularly active dog, you may also want to consider enrolling them in a physical activity such as doggy daycare.
Finding a Local Vet
When getting a new dog, you’ll need to locate a good local veterinarian. They will be able to help take care of your dog’s health and make sure they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations.
You can find a vet by searching online, asking your friends and family for recommendations, or checking with the American Animal Hospital Association. They have a hospital locator tool on their website that will help you find an AAHA accredited veterinarian in your area.
Getting a microchip for your dog isn’t mandatory but it can help keep them safe. This is a painless procedure where a small chip is inserted under the skin on their neck and contains all of their important information such as name, address, and contact information for their owners.
If your dog ever gets lost or runs away, the chip will be scanned and the information will be used to help get them back home. Most animal shelters and rescue organizations also scan animals for microchips when they come in, so it’s a good way to ensure your dog will always have a chance of being returned to you if they ever get lost.
Groom Regularly and Clean their Teeth
Regular dog grooming and teeth cleaning are very beneficial for your dog’s health and happiness. Dog grooming helps keep the coat soft and shiny, which will help prevent matting in long-haired breeds like Pomeranians or Labradors. It also keeps them from getting skin irritations such as hot spots that can be caused by dirt and bacteria.
To clean your dog’s teeth, you can use a special toothpaste made for dogs or just give them a bone or chew toy that will help scrape plaque off of their teeth as they chew on it. You should also brush their teeth at least once a week to keep them healthy.
Local Grooming, Daycare & Training
Berkshire Dogs Unleashed is a dog grooming, training, and daycare facility in Lenox, MA. We offer basic obedience classes as well as more advanced training for your pup. In addition to that, we also provide a variety of services including grooming or doggy daycare so that your dog can socialize and let out energy.
If you have any questions about our offerings, need help finding a local vet, or want to schedule an appointment for your new furry friend, give us a call at (413) 464-6384 today. We look forward to hearing from you!