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Dogs are a joy to have in your household. They will bring plenty of smiles in your home despite the added responsibility that goes with taking care of them. Having them as puppies and guiding them as they grow is the best way to raise a pet. Here are some pointers to help you with the process.

Are you ready for a pet dog?
Before anything else, you have to ask yourself – am I ready to take on the responsibility of having a pet dog? Having a dog in your home is fun but you have to remember that you will be responsible for their welfare and their life. You have to ask if you have the space and the resources to adopt a puppy and if you will have time to tend to their needs such as exercise, walks or periodical visits to the vets.

Finding the puppy that best matches you
Once you have decided that you are ready to take in a puppy to your home, the first thing you need to decide on is which type of dog you will take in. You may have favorites that you have based on looks, but you have to consider if you will be able to take care of their needs. For example, if you live in a small apartment with limited space, don’t go for large dogs and choose small to medium-sized pups. If you live alone and travel a lot for work then it would not be advisable for you to take in this responsibility as your dog will require an owner who is always present to tend to their needs.

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Puppy-proof your home
Pretty much the same as baby-proofing your home, you need to make sure that your puppy will be safe once you leave them on their own. Puppies, just like babies will be curious little creatures that are eager to explore their environment. Install pet gates to keep them out of certain areas where they might be danger for them or simply areas that you don’t want them to go to, like your home office where important documents should be left alone or the kitchen, where there is trash and your curious puppy might dive into it.

Puppy Health and Vaccinations
It has been advised that before you take in a puppy, you should already have a veterinarian. Once you have adopted your puppy, bring them to the vet right away to have them checked out and receive proper vaccination. Like babies, puppies are susceptible to illness that could seriously affect them or worse. You might want to consider taking up pet insurance to help you with the costs.

Name your puppy
This is a very important decision as you have to choose a name that has a nice ring to it and something that is easy for your dog to apprehend. You have to remember that your dog will eventually learn their name when you keep on calling them the same name. So choose wisely as this will be important to communication as they grow.

Puppy Essentials
You will have to purchase the basic items that your little puppy will need such as water and food bowls, dog collar, leash and a dog bed. If you have the budget, you can also purchase a kennel for your dog. It would be wise to purchase a big kennel for your puppy so that they can still use the same as they grow bigger. The same goes for the dog bed.

Dog Food
Today, there seem to be endless choices with regard to the type of food you can feed your dog. It would be best if you talk to your vet and/or other dog owners regarding this matter. Just make sure that the type of food your will be providing your pet is not only healthy but is tasty. What’s the use of nutritious dog food if your dog won’t eat it?

House Training
One of the most arduous tasks once you decide to own a dog. You will need a lot of patience as puppies tend to have control over their bodily functions only after they reach 3 months old. After eating or drinking, it would be wise to take them right away to the designated area where they can poop or pee. It will take some time, but it will be worth it.

Dog Training
You have to take note that in order for you to fully enjoy the companionship of a dog, it is important for your dog to be disciplined. Having a dog that constantly runs around breaking things, making trouble and injuring themselves can be a big headache. This is where basic training comes in. While they are young, you should start to train them with the basic commands like “sit,” “come,” or “stay.” Be patient with training and you will be rewarded with a happier dog and a happier you as you two will always get along. Remember to always reward your dog with treats every time they successfully follow your command.

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