Bringing home a new pup is a very exciting time! Whether it is your first pet or one of many, building that incredible bond is what makes life worth living (at least for me!).
I highly suggest doing some research on different breeds of dogs before making the commitment to bring one into your home. I have even found quizzes like this >>> https://www.pedigree.com/getting-a-new-dog/breed-match online to help you decide based on your level of activity, time you will have for your fur baby, and even the size of your home.
Having a dog will bring so much joy and excitement to your life, along with lots of responsibility. No wonder you hear the terms Dog Mom, Dog Dad and Fur Baby, because it’s similar to having a child in some ways. They need love and attention. Don’t forget the food, shots, medicine, baths and even to brush their teeth! (Vets say 85 percent of canines over age 4 have some form of gum disease.)
Now that you have decided on the perfect new companion, sometimes finding things to do with your pet can be a challenge. I would also advise slowly introducing them to other dogs, if you are unsure of their behavior towards others.
Depending on where you live, you may have a dog park nearby. This is a great way to get your pet to socialize. I have even found some dog parks to have a separation for the big and little dogs. Believe it or not, you can even make some human friends while you’re there too!
Dogs are also wonderful in getting you to stay active. Plan a route in your neighborhood to take your pup on a walk and make it a regular event. Getting out and about in nature is a great way to boost your level of happiness!
Thinking about going out of town? Bring your dog! Plan a trip to the beach or lake. I find that a lot of beach towns are very welcoming to your four-legged friend. Make sure to find out where the dog approved beaches are so you can play fetch in the sand. You can also find certain hotels that allow pets, as well as restaurants! The website https://www.bringfido.com/ is a great resource for ideas, and they even have an app for your phone. The main page’s headline is, “Explore over 250,000 places to stay, play and eat with your dog.” Make sure to check out the fellow dog owner reviews too!
Join a dog owners group online to find out what others are doing with their furry friend, and to stay in the loop about any dog related events coming to a town near you. I have attended Woofstock, Barktoberfest and Pet-a-Palooza to name a few. These events are typically free and include local vendors promoting pet related items for sale and FREE giveaways. You’ll also find fun agility courses for your dog, music and food trucks there.
If all of this sounds like too much, just remember you don’t have to do these things everyday. Just make sure you are devoting the appropriate amount of time your pet needs from you, and if all else fails, snuggle up and take an afternoon nap together!