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Man's Best Friend


You’ve decided your family needs a pet and you’ve settled on a dog rather than a fish, goat or howler monkey. You’re confident you’ve made the right decision, but you’re also sure you’re not really prepared to bring home your newest family member…yet.


Gear
Who knows dogs better than the American Kennel Club? They have a variety of resources available on their website, everything from help naming your pooch to local dog-friendly events. They also have a shop which will give you some ideas of what kind of things you’ll need to buy to be prepared to bring home your new 4-legged friend. Under their list of essentials, you’ll find items to help you feed, play with, walk and provide a restful space for your new dog. Even if you don’t buy from them, checking out those ideas before heading to your local pet store can help you prepare your list and your budget.


Health
It’s a great idea to check out referrals for veterinarians before you bring Fido home. You may discover that your closest vet deals best with small animals like rodents and reptiles or with large farm animals. It’s better to know that before you bring your precious pet to their first appointment. You may also wish to explore health insurance. The list of health problems your dog could possibly encounter is longer than you’d imagine. It’s much better to be prepared to face those problems head-on. You can check out Dog IVDD Boulder for ideas on why you may need pet insurance and what you can do to help your dog live it’s best life ever.

Space
Big dogs tend to need bigger spaces. Small dogs typically are fine with a smaller space. However, you want to pay attention to breed specifics. Two big breeds, Huskies and Greyhounds, definitely need an area in which to roam, but it must be fenced. Huskies wander and Greyhounds run so far so fast that they can quickly become lost. Some small dogs also require space to run especially if, like the Miniature Australian Cattle Dog, they’re dogs bred to herd other animals. Giving your Mini Aussie something like chickens to herd will also prevent them from herding the local children, too. The space doesn’t have to be yours, though. The local dog park will do provided you visit regularly.

One area you probably don’t have much prep work for is your heart. Dogs are easy to love and provide hours of enjoyment.

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