Make a brief plan of how much you think your future dog will cost you every month. Include food, toys, insurance, vaccinations, vet bills and anything else that you will be buying.
Before you even think about bringing your puppy home, make sure you have everything ready for him at home. Food, bed, toys, etc.
Make sure you learn about all the toxic things that can harm your dogs.
There are many plants out there that are very dangerous if eaten. Also, you need to know that chocolate, avocado, garlic, onions and grapes are toxic to dogs too! So be careful where you keep your items.
It is important to learn about the different common diseases in dogs. There are certain breeds that carry certain illnesses. These are mostly in pure pedigree dogs. Do your research to find out what you may be getting into.
Always make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water.
You have to have plenty of time to give your dog. They need constant exercising, walks, playtimes and cuddles! If you haven't got enough hours to give, then don't get a dog. They need to feel loved and need attention from their pet parent. Because you'll have their constant love and attention forever.
Fleas and Ticks
You must check their fur every month and give them their treatment. This prevents them getting fleas and ticks. It can put a lot of stress on your dog if they do have them. Sometimes they scratch so much they remove their fur and end up with bald patches. You don't want this - so keep on top of it.
Start training your puppy as soon as you have them..
Every breed will have a different need when it comes to grooming, exercise, and diet. So learn all about the breed that would complement your family.
Do not leave your dog tied up outside. This is not where they belong. Although they are 'animals' and have fur, doesn't mean they don't get wet in the rain. Your dog should be seen as part of the family - not something for entertainment.
Partner In Crime
Most of all, give your new best friend the most love you possibly can. You are their family now, and you have to take responsibility for them and give them whatever they need in order to be a happy, healthy, loved dog.
So go and create new memories together!
Thank you for reading!