Getting a dog is so great for all families. It’s a great way to encourage the whole family to get outside more and be active, it improves your children’s development and it’s just great to have a furry friend running around the house. But taking on a dog is a big step and you should always think about it carefully before you make any decisions. Are you prepared for the cost of owning a dog, because it’s probably a lot higher than you realize? Can you guarantee that somebody is going to be there to walk it and are you prepared to get somebody to look after them whenever you’re away? If the answer to all of those questions is yes and you’re really ready to commit to owning a dog, you can go and start choosing your new friend. Once you’ve found the perfect puppy and the big day finally comes for you to bring them home, it’s important that you’re prepared. If you’re awaiting the arrival of your new family dog, here is a checklist of everything you need to do beforehand.
Prepare Everybody For Their Responsibilities
Looking after a dog is a lot of responsibility and everybody needs to chip in. It’s a good way of teaching responsibility to your children and encouraging a caring nature in them. Somebody needs to be in charge of food and water, somebody needs to walk them, and somebody gets the job of giving them a bath once in a while. Before the dog arrives, it’s important that you set out everybody’s responsibilities clearly so everybody knows what they need to do. Make sure that the kids understand that they need to be doing their assigned jobs all of the time, not just when they feel like it.
Buy All Of The Stuff
There’s a lot of stuff that you need to buy for your new dog so get started early and make sure that you’ve got all bases covered. You’ll need all of the normal stuff like leads and collars (rope dog collars are probably the best choice or an extendable one if you don’t want to let them off the lead), but that’s only the start. You need a bed, all of the food, treats for training, and toys. All of that stuff can get quite expensive and it’ll take you a while to get it all so don’t leave it to the last minute.
Make The House And Garden Safe
Safety is important for your new puppy and there are a lot of potential dangers around the home and garden that you need to take care of. Make sure that the fence is secured and there aren’t any gaps where they can get out. Check all of the plants as well to make sure none of them are toxic. Inside the house, you need to be careful with things like wires that they can chew through or anything small that they can swallow. Dog proof the entire house before you bring your new pet into the home.
It’s important that you sort these things out so the home and the family are properly prepared for the arrival of your new family dog.