Complete guide for the first time puppy dog owners

Owning a dog for the first time? These are the things you need to know.

Dog ownership is one of the best things in life. Don’t worry if you have never owned a dog before. We put together some essential tips for you (the first time dog owner). 

Understanding what a dog requires physically and mentally

There are a lot to consider before you bring a dog or puppy home. You will need to do research and understand what a dog (specific breed) requires physically and mentally. Then you need to ask yourself if you are up for the commitment. 

If you are living in a shared house, or renting a house or an apartment, you should also check with your landlord to make sure having a dog is allowed. Some places may have restrictions in place. 

Know your budget

Other than spending time with your dog, cost is another biggest commitments in dog ownership. There are ongoing costs such as food, treats, grooming, checkups, vaccines, pet sitting (while you are away), etc. 

Some of the recurring expenses could include:

Food: $800 to $1,000

Toys and treats: $250 and above

Regular worm and flea treatment: $120

Health check-up: $90

Grooming: $70 to $90 

Pet sitting: $30

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Before taking your dog or puppy home, you will need to get your home ready. 

To avoid confusing your dog or puppy, you may want to set some house rules ahead of time. 

– Will the dog be allowed on bed?

– Will the dog be allowed on the couch?

– Where will the dog sleep?

– Any area or zone you do not want your dog to go into? 

You may also want to discuss with your housemates or family members so they are on the same page. 

You will also need to stock up on supplies before your pup arrives. Keep reading and find out what items you need to buy. 

You need to create a temporary living space for you dog. This is where they can’t damage your belongings or eat something like plants that may make them sick. 

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What to buy a puppy or new dog

As well as getting your home ready, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared with all of the supplies your dog will need.

Here are some items that your list could include:

– A crate and/or bed

– Water bowls

– Food bowls

– Dog food

– Collar and tag

– Lead

– Car restraint 

– Different toys

– Puppy pads for toilet training

– Poo bags

– A brush for grooming

– Toothpaste and toothbrush

– Dog shampoo Blankets

Find a VET

When you get a new dog or puppy, go to the vet very soon after so the doctor can walk you through the vaccination schedule your dog will need, as well as the best flea/tick. 

Learn how and when to train a dog

Make sure your puppy’s training and routine are consistent! If you don’t, your puppy might get confused and frustrated. 

As this is your first time owning a dog, it can be a greta idea to take your pup to training classes. This is where they will learn the basic commands which will be very handy later in life. If you’re not sure which class to choose, you can ask your vet for recommendations.