Dogs can be great fun. In fact, dogs are more than just great fun: They are playful, and they can make you smile for hours. However, adopting a pet also requires a commitment to the new responsibility. For this, you need to understand what it means to have a dog and to see for yourself if you are ready to commit. After all, having a dog is not just for one day, but it is for life. So do read through this little reminder of the joys and responsibilities that come with your new furry friend to ensure that you know exactly what is ahead of you.
A Dog Needs To Be Active 
     You know the saying, a dog is not just for Christmas, it’s forever. What this means is that your dog is not only there for when you want to play with it: It is there all the time. Therefore it is important that you plan your day as well around gestures and attentions for your dog. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the rest of your family! But the dog needs to have a place in your home and your family too. For example make sure that you take your dog for a walk at least once a day, as dogs need to be active to be healthy. Additionally, this is the ideal activity to develop a bond with your pet. Don’t think that senior dogs don’t have a playful temperament just like puppies have! All dogs enjoy playing outside, and it is your responsibility to engage with them in games and other outdoor activities. 
Look After Your Dog’s Health
     The health of your dog depends entirely on you. While they do have ways of showing you when they feel ill, it is highly recommended that you keep yourself informed about what to do to keep it healthy and safe. This starts with a full check up with your local vet when you decide to adopt a dog. The vet will help you understand your duty of care towards you dog: For example, if you adopt a puppy, you will have to get it chipped; if you fall for a rescue dog, it is likely that it will have ticks or fleas as rescue dogs have often spent time living on the streets. A vet will be able to advise you on the relevant treatment, such as Frontline Plus, for example. You will also need to get a pet insurance to reduce the cost of medical bills and treatment in case of an accident. There is nothing more important if you want to start this new friendship in a positive angle that you fully accept your responsibility in your dog’s health.
Little Touches That Make it Special
     It’s easy to just buy pre-made food and take the dog out when it needs it and leave it there. But remember that when you adopt a dog, it is a tacit promise to reciprocate your dog’s affection. So you can go the extra mile from time to time with homemade dog biscuits, for example, or with tricks training. Dogs are intelligent and enjoy a reward, so it’ll be even best to combine dog biscuits and training!  


 


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Terry Poage
12/19/2016 5:21pm

These are all great tips. Remember to give the dog time to adjust and please don't turn around and take it back. Please don't buy puppies from puppy mills. To many animals need homes.

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