5 Tips for First-Time Dog Owners

Hello my KMD lovelies!

Lots has happened last week, and I’ll write a post about it soon but let’s just say, I took an unexpected break from the blog. 

Anyway, as most of you know, I got a PUPPY last month.  His name is Riley Singh and he is a Yorkshire Terrier.  Getting a puppy is the most exciting yet craziest thing.  I never expected to care so much for such a small furry being and yet, I am completely in love with him. 

He is my first ever dog let alone puppy.  My husband and I both have not grown up with pets, so this is quite some new territory for us.  Lots of my friends in the same boat have asked me how I am handling this new “pawrenthood”.  So I thought I’d compile a list of tips for first time dog owners, like myself.

Be prepared before you get your furry friend

This is super important and I’m glad I was well prepared before I got my little guy. Being prepared not only means buying food and toys but also, getting a bed, crate, leash, etc. In addition, also be mentally prepared. Your new family member will need lots of attention and time so be prepared to change your daily schedule around.

Schedule the vet

The first thing I did as soon as I got my pup home is schedule his first vet visit.  Puppy or older adopted dog, you need to make sure that your furry friend is healthy and well.  Also, vets are a great source of guidance/advice for first time dog owners.  So, the quicker you schedule the first visit, the earlier you will be able to establish a relationship with your vet.

Be patient

Your new furry friend will be super hyper and potty everywhere (if he/she is not potty trained). So remember that he/she is a young baby (or an older baby) in a new environment. You just exposed him/her to a new space to it will take some time to adjust.

Routine is key

It’s true when they say that dogs are “creatures of habit”.  They love their daily routines and stay happier when they are on a schedule.  Be prepared to make a schedule with your dog.  Such as when you wake up, feed and take him/her for a walk and same thing for night time. 

Pro tip:  Don’t forget to add times that you need to get ready in the morning.  Add that to the daily schedule so that you remember to handle your stuff as well.

Save for the future

As with any pet or human, life happens and sometimes you need to spend a lot of money for a health procedure or something related.  Make sure that you have a cushion saved for a rainy day in case something happens to your furry family member.  This way, you will be prepared and your dog will be taken care of immediately.

There you have it, my top five tips for new dog owners.  What are some tips that you suggest?

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