First Time Dog Owner Checklist To Be A Responsible Owner
Just bought a cute new puppy home? Then you might be excited as never before! Yes, same happened to me when i brought my first one.
Bringing home a new puppy is no different from bringing an infant home. No doubt, it comes with immense joy and happiness. But at the same time, it also brings a lot of responsibilities and changes in life. This means a transition for both you and your puppy.
Now the question is, how to ensure that the transition goes smooth? How are you going to train your dog to turn it into your everyday companion? And what are the staffs you’ll require in this regard? If you are also looking for the answers, then welcome.
Below is a checklist for new puppy adopters that every responsible owner must have.
Once you get the puppy, it’s wise to make a schedule for the puppy. Also, divide the responsibilities among the family members. That is, which member is responsible for which work such as feeding, playing, walking etc.
Below are some of the doggie chores that you have to perform daily.
- Providing fresh drinking water several times daily
- Feeding it 2 -3 times daily
- Brushing and combing the fur at least once a day
- House training –outdoors trips in every few hours, Walk & leash training,
- Training for socialization and basic commands,
- Teaching manners.
Below is a list of preparing your house to welcome the new puppy.
- Make your home puppy proof
The term ‘puppy proofing’ your home refers to ensuring a safe area, both indoor and outdoor. We often care more about the safety inside, but your yard can also contain dangerous objects.
You should not chain your dog for 24 hours. It’s cruel. So you have to ensure a safe environment especially in the yard for free and safe outings. If the fence has any hole or breaks, then your puppy is at a risk of getting lost. So-
- Fix holes and breaks in the fence
- Remove lightweight flowerpots so that your dog can’t knock them over.
- Look for trashes, plants or any source that can be poisonous for your puppy.
- Puppy possessions
These are the things your puppy needs for training, grooming, and socialization. This is related to the following considerations.
- Where to place the bed
- Where to place the food and water bowls
- Where to keep all the doggie accessories
You can use an empty cabinet for storing toys and a maybe a tub for all the grooming supplies. Or a toy box is already in your mind?
But one thing from my previous experience, both a wooden box and wicker basket will be tasty.
- Shopping checklist
This list contains the necessary items you need for overall taking care of your dog. It’s better that you get your pet first and then do the shopping. It’s because, the type of foods, the size of water bowl, collars, harness depend on the breed and size of the dog.
Below is a list of necessary puppy things you need to purchase.
- Canned or dry Food
- Water bowls
- Dog Bed
- Canine toothbrush and toothpaste
- Portable dog playpen
- Brush or comb (depending on your puppy’s coat type)
- Paper towels those are Super-absorbent
- Sponge and scrub brush
- Doggy shampoo and conditioner
- Non-toxic cleanser
- Nail clippers
- Enzymatic odor neutralizer
- Comfortable clothes. Tshirt Professional offers custom printed clothes based on the asked quality and design.
- Plastic poop baggies (biodegradable ones are best) or pooper scooper
- Absorbent house-training pads
- Variety of treats (such as larger rawhides, small cookies, etc.)
- First-aid supplies
List of toys:
- A ball,
- Chew toy and
- Puzzle Toy
These would be good to start.
- Pick up a name
It’s all up to your choice. Some shelter homes already give a name to each of the puppies. You can either stick to that name if you want or you can choose a whole new.
Naming your dog and calling it with that name help it to associate our language with meaning. In other words, it helps to establish a better communication between you and your puppy.
If you are confused about choosing an appropriate name, you can search the internet. You’ll find over thousand preferable puppy names there.
- Choose a method for training
There are different methods of house training. But I would like to emphasize on the word ‘a’, one particular training method. One method on which each family member is agreed. Otherwise, the poor puppy will get confused. Choose a method that will work well for your entire family.
Whichever the method you pick, it must reinforce the worldview of the puppy. Try to create positive experiences as much as possible. It’s because training will also shape its mind.
While you’re training your dog, don’t let it jump-off from high places. Also, during its rapid growth stage, don’t let it run on asphalt for long period of time.
Another thing to remember is while the ear of the puppy is in a state of coming up, don’t over handle it. Also, don’t let another puppy chew its ear. Otherwise, there’s a chance of damaging the cartilage.
- Choose a veterinarian
This is the most important thing that makes you a responsible owner. It’s necessary for the physical well-being of your puppy. In my opinion, you should contact a veterinarian day after you purchase it. There’s no need to take shots within 48 hours. But it’s good to have an idea whether the puppy’s stool contains any worms or parasites.
If your dog is from a foster home, it’s better you start with the same food provided there previously. It’ll ease the transition. Once it gets used to the environment, then you can switch to a new food. But before that, don’t forget to consult your veterinarian.
Also, don’t forget to vaccinate it time to time.
How quick your puppy will adopt the surroundings largely depends on your preparation. Raising and training a puppy can be fun if you have the right knowledge and staff for this. Just remember, you’re raising a life. So treating it another way will be inhuman.
I hope an overall glance at the checklist will help you to do the best thing for your dog.
Congratulations on being a responsible owner!