Checklist for adopting a dog

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Checklist for adopting a dog

Adopting a dog can be an overwhelming situation. Life doesn’t remain the same after bringing a new furry member to your home. Before adopting a new dog, you need to keep in mind a few things that will help your dog to adjust to the new surrounding as smooth as possible.

Let’s consider a checklist that you need to prepare for adopting a furry companion:

Questions that you need to ask yourself

  • Do you have any other pets? If yes, how will they react to a new dog?
  • Does your lifestyle allow you to add a four-legged friend to the family?
  • Does any of your family member have allergies from dog hair etc.?
  • Why do you want to adopt a dog?
  • How will your work obligation affect your dog?
  • Which breed of dog is best suitable for your current lifestyle?
  • Do you have enough patience to deal with a dog?

After considering all these questions, now that you are assured about your decision of bringing a furry companion to your home, you need to make sure that you shopped for all the essential dog supplies before welcoming your new companion to your home.

Essential dog supplies

  • Crate

The essential thing your dog would require is a crate. Dogs like to have a place where they can curl up in privacy. Always make sure to invest in a good crate that is easy to clean and it should be big enough so that your four-legged friend can easily stand up in it.

  • Food & water bowls

Two good quality bowls would be required by your dog: one for food and another for water. Buying stainless steel bowls is always a good idea as it is easy to clean and unbreakable. Bowls are available in various material like ceramic, plastic, stainless steel etc. However, ceramic bowls may look beautiful but it is easily breakable and, plastic bowls are easily chewable which can result in the building of bacteria.

  • Collar

A dog collar is very important for your dog’s identification. Make sure to personalize the collar by engraving all the necessary details on it. One must choose the best collar for the dog considering the age and size of the dog.

  • Grooming supplies

Grooming is very crucial part of caring for the dog and you need to buy all the necessary dog supplies like a comb, shampoo, toothbrush, nail trimmer etc.

  • Bed

you need to buy a cozy bed for your dog. Dog beds are available in a wide variety so you need to buy one keep in mind the level of comfort your dog would require. Make sure to buy a bed which has washable covers.

  • Toys

Toys play a crucial role in dog’s life as it helps in channelizing all the excessive energy as otherwise it can result in developing compulsive behavior in your dog. Like if you notice your dog chasing his tail then instead of wondering why do dogs chase their tail? you need to provide him proper play session. Make sure to buy toys that your dog will not ingest so, avoid buying any tiny toys. Always monitor your dog while he is playing with the toys.

So, these were a few things that you need to consider before bringing a new furring member to your home and make sure to give him proper time and care to get familiar with the new environment.


February 19, 2018|Dog Care

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