Whether you have chosen a new puppy or an older dog to join your family, your new pet will require food and bedding. It will also want affection and entertainment. You will also need to consider establishing a few ground rules from the very beginning.
You will need a collar and lead to bring your new pet dog home with you, particularly if you are acquiring a rescue dog. Obtain the dog’s neck measurement to be sure that you buy the correct size of collar. Puppy collars are available, but make sure that you do not fit it too tightly to the young dog’s neck and remove it around the house if possible to avoid the puppy becoming caught up.
Your dog will need to have unrestricted access to clean, fresh water at all times, so buy a sturdy water bowl and remember to change the water daily. A food bowl is also required along with dog food. Check with the breeder or rescue centre to see what the dog is currently being fed on. Most breeders will happily provide a starter pack of dog food with your new pet, but even if they do not, it is strongly recommended that you maintain exactly the same diet for your dog as he or she is used to, as this will minimise upset tummies! If you wish to change to another brand of food, do so very slowly, adding new food and decreasing the amount of the old food. Research the best nutrition for your pet and don’t feel constrained by language. For example, you could type another language for ‘pet shop’ into your search engine, such as ‘tienda de animales’ for Spanish sites or ‘animalerie’ for French ones and then translate the information.
Your dog should also have their own bed. This can be made from plastic, wicker or material, but choose a cheap one to begin with until you discover whether your new pet is prone to chewing. If this turns out to be the case, there are a number of more robust beds available, at a more robust price, of course! Once again, it can be worthwhile to try ‘tienda de animales’ or ‘animalerie’ in your search engine for ideas.
Toys and chews
All dogs have a desire to chew, particularly young dogs for whom it is an essential part of their growth and development. Therefore, it makes sense to provide your dog with permissible chewing toys such as rawhide, pigs’ ears and bones.
Rope tugger toys are always popular with canines and most dogs love to chase after a ball. Some dogs prefer to play with a Frisbee or Kong toy, so have a good look at what is available in your local pet store and online.
Remember that a dog without something to do will find something on its own and the chances are that whatever it finds will not be to your liking! Keep one step ahead and keep your dog busy with its own possessions and plenty of walks. A tired dog is a happy dog, so ensure your new pet has at least one walk a day, preferably more.
It is crucial to have the pet vaccinated as per the doctor’s suggestion. There are definite vaccination charts for all types of pets. The vaccination schedule for dogs is totally different from that of other pets such as cats and rabbits etc. Doctors deliver three types of vaccination to dogs for the prevention of diseases such as canine distemper, canine hepatitis and corona viral enteritis etc.
The three phases of vaccination have been described by experts as primary vaccination, secondary vaccination and re-vaccination. The primary vaccination is given when the dog is 6 weeks of age, the secondary shot is delivered when the dog is 3-16 weeks of age and re-vaccination is given annually. Calling a pet at home enables homeowners to arrange everything at his home only.