Congratulations on your decision to add a dog to your family! He or she will be sure to provide cuteness and companionship for years to come. Soon after bringing your new pet home, make sure to take the following steps.
Visit a Veterinarian
Just like humans, dogs need to visit the doctor on a regular basis in order to receive vaccinations and ensure that they are in good health. Depending on where you live, you may have a variety of options available to you. If you prefer not to travel or expose your dog to other animals, you may look into a mobile vet service near me and have a veterinary professional come to your home.
Begin the Training Process
If you are adopting an older dog, you may not need to spend as much time training him or her as you would a puppy. Nonetheless, no matter the age or prior history of your new dog, you will need to make sure that he or she acclimates well to your home and is able to follow basic directions (such as sitting on command and not jumping up on guests). If you wish to take a do it yourself approach, there are many books and other resources available with information about dog training. Otherwise, consider researching obedience schools in your area.
Spend Quality Time with Him or Her
Between work, school and socializing with friends, many people typically spend the majority of the day outside the house. It will be jarring for your new pet to come home with you, only to be left alone in an unfamiliar environment for hours at a time. If at all possible, consider taking a few days off or working from home in order to bond with your dog and acclimate him or her to the new environment.
Dog ownership is immensely rewarding, but it is also a large responsibility. By taking the steps above, you will ensure that your dog is healthy and that the two of you have a meaningful relationship. Good luck, and enjoy!