It’s National Puppy Day!
While everyone loves a sweet fluffy friend to cuddle with, bringing home a new puppy is not something to be taken lightly…
National Puppy Day is March 23rd! With spring impending and beautiful days of sunshine here to stay, it may seem like the perfect occasion to invest in a fun friend for the family. However, there is a lot to ponder before committing to a pup. Along with the slobbery kisses and fuzzy snuggles comes a lot of responsibility, which results in a lifetime of unconditional love when properly prepared.
Preparation is key! Puppies are new family members, and like any new baby, preparation for them is imperative. Every puppy is precious, but they don’t stay little forever. Each dog breed is unique and embodies distinct characteristics, which is something to reflect upon. It is exceedingly important to find a breed whose temperament, activity level, and personality traits match up with your lifestyle. So do your research!
Have a heavy wallet now? Just wait… Puppies are expensive! Dogs require vaccines, annual checkups, nutritionally sufficient food, toys, and unexpected trips to the vet. Sunset Veterinary Clinic recommends a series of puppy boosters and examinations to get your new friend on the right track and out of harm’s way. So, allowing a puppy fund within your yearly budget is ideal.
Some tips to get you started:
- Visit the vet. No matter what, puppies need checkups just like kids.
- Avoid the dog park or pet stores until fully vaccinated.
- Get your puppy microchipped.
- Teach good leash manners early on so you walk your dog and not the other way around!
- Invest in a crate. This will make potty training a lot less messy!
- Set a daily routine.
- Supervise. This will stop your puppy from creating bad habits.
- Provide chew toys. This way your new shoes will stay looking nice.
- Socialize with other healthy and happy dogs and people.
- Reward good behavior!
Sunset Veterinary Clinic would love to take the journey with you and your new family member, so come see us or contact us for any more information.