Have a New Dog? Here’s What You Might Need!

Dogs are indeed some of man’s best friends. They’re also a woman’s best friend and a kid’s best companion. Dogs make people happy. People can play with the animal, take it on walks or just simply relax and watch television with their doggy friend. If you’re thinking about a bringing a dog home, you’ll want to think about the dog’s needs before you do anything. Dogs need to be safe and secure. They also need to be groomed well, taken for regular exercise and kept free of pests. A healthy dog is a very happy dog. A happy dog is a dog that makes a fabulous companion from the very start. Before you bring that cute little puppy to your house, or afterward, you should consider ways that will give them a chance to roam while still staying close to you. You’ll also want to give them lots of toys and protect them from fleas the second they venture outside.

Keeping The Dog Safe

One of the first things to think about when owning a dog is keeping that dog safe. Dogs need boundaries. Think about the perimeter of your property. If you already have a fence, make sure the dog can’t jump it or fit in between any gaps. If you don’t have a fence, consider installing one before you bring the puppy home. The fence will not only help keep your dog when in your yard. It will add value to your home and protect your privacy. A fenced in property is appealing for many buyers including those with small children. Fences should be installed around the entire perimeter of the property.

Exercise For Your Dog

Dogs benefit greatly when they get enough exercise. Most dogs will need at least a walk each day to get enough of a workout. Training a dog on a leash is easier when you have the right tools. For example, if you have more than one dog or have a dog that tends to run ahead, the Garmin PRO 550+ Dog Training and Tracking System is a useful piece of equipment to keep on hand when you’re out and about with your dog. The system will let you see where the dog is that you’re watching, no matter where you’re going. You want to make sure the dog can spend time running around and reducing their excess energy. Dogs who are given frequent opportunities to run around are dogs who will be happier when they’re done with the walk. Great places to walk are parks with a designated dog area, allowing the dog the chance to run free while you can interact with other dog owners at the same time.

Fun Toys

One of the best things about owning a dog is giving the dog treats. Dogs love special things just for them. It’s easy to spoil your dog and keep to a budget at the same time. Toys of all kinds are available. Look for varied types of treats. A chew toy is a good thing to give the puppy that will help protect your furniture. Rubber toys like these give you the opportunity to interact with your dog in a lighthearted way. You can bring your dog home a treat every time you get back from the grocery store, as well as on special occasions such as Christmas. Dogs love playing with new toys. It helps them exercise their minds by creating new experiences and engaging with the world around them directly.

Flea Control

Fleas are tiny little pests that can cause a huge problem. Fleas bite and hurt dogs. They also create problems in your home in other ways. Fleas can get on human skin and bite. They can also get on any other pet you own, also causing them to itch and feel pain. Fortunately, fleas can be controlled easily. Many modern systems are available that will push them away from your dog and keep them out of your house. It’s best to be as proactive as possible before you adopt the dog. Make sure you have the flea control method you’ve selected with you in advance as this can keep your pet safe from getting outbreaks in the first place.

As shown above, these are some of the items you might need to check off as you bring home your furry, new friend. Plan this arrival at home by doing all you can for the dog’s safety and happiness. You and your dog will be glad you did.

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Henrietta Newman is a tech loving, video game playing, pr friendly single mom / gramma blogger who talks about life with a teen daughter, an adult son, a toddler granddaughter and all that it entails. Subscribe to A Hen's Nest for giveaways, delicious family recipes, reviews and more!

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