Parenting a dog is no joke, and dog parents know that all too well. Of course people tell you that it’s going to be a joyful ride, and it is, but there are some things no one tells you.
As a new dog parent, here are some unexpected things that came my way when I brought my pup home. Here are some things no one tells you before you get a dog! Here’s Part 1, in case you missed it!
1. You don’t need fancy things!
Before bringing home my dog, I went and shopped for fancy toys and things I hoped my dog would play with, but he likes an empty bottle better. Your dog doesn’t care he’s not wearing designer clothes, use that money on something you need, instead. All your dog wants is you!
2. Better research in advance!
When you have a dog, you need to be prepared for any situation. Therefore before bringing them home, make sure you know everything you need to know about registration, licensing, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, travel requirements, emergency numbers… the better prepared you are, the less stressed you will be.
3. Know your pet sitters, kennel and dog walkers beforehand!
It’s never a good idea to wait until the end to find a good pet sitter, a kennel or a dog walker. Choosing the right one takes time so make sure you have selected them before you bring home your dog. If you need to go somewhere, you know what to do instead of stressing about what to do.
4. Start training early!
Every dog is unique and every dog responds to what they are comfortable with. While one dog appreciates clicker training, others will only train if food is involved! Start training early, but make sure you find out what your dog is comfortable with!
5. Pee and poop will become your new normal!
If you think that dogs will forever never pee or poop on you, you’re wrong! So get used to being peed and pooped on!
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