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Top 3 Tips for New Dog Owners




If you’re about to become a dog owner for the first time, you’re likely excited to meet your new furry friend but may be wondering what you should do to prepare for the extra responsibility. Whether you’re planning to breed a dog Augusta GA or adopt a puppy from a friend, there are a few things you should know before starting on your journey as a dog owner. Check out these three important tips to keep in mind for when your new friend finally arrives.


1. Get Supplies Together
While it might seem like a water bowl and a doghouse are enough to welcome your new dog into your home, you’ll actually need more supplies than you might have thought at first. For instance, a collar and leash are essential for walking your dog in public spaces, as is an identification tag. You’ll also want to keep a steady supply of dog food and maybe get your pooch a few toys, too.


2. Dog-Proof Parts of Your Home
Before your dog comes home, take some time to dog-proof risky areas of your house. For instance, block off areas that you want to keep off-limits, as well as access to plants that could be toxic if ingested. Consider moving breakable items to out-of-reach spaces, and be sure to hide electrical cords so they won’t be chewed or pawed through.


3. Find a Quality Veterinarian
Finally, be sure to find a quality, trustworthy veterinarian. Besides initial vaccinations, it’s good to have a vet you can rely on for regular check-ups and potential emergencies.

Having a dog can add tremendous joy and value to your everyday life, but for new dog owners, the extra responsibility can seem challenging or even confusing. Thankfully, being prepared before your new pooch arrives can help you navigate dog ownership smoothly. Keep these top tips in mind and you can look forward to years of enjoyment with your new furry friend.

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