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How to prep for your new puppy

by Twila on September 24, 2015

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Congratulations on deciding to share your heart and home with a furry bundle of joy. Now for the fun part, preparing yourself financially and figuring out which pup is best for you. This blog will cover everything you need to know before bringing home your baby dog.

Size matters

When it comes to figuring out which breed is best for you one of the main things to consider is size. If you live in a small apartment, consider a small to medium pup or if you live in a large home you have more options with this. However with large dogs you must be able to handle them, especially while walking them, so Fido won’t be walking you. If you’re renting, discuss with your landlord the pet policy so there won’t be any surprises later on.

Lifestyle

Think about all the fun things you want to do with your fur baby, this could be hiking, running, or just hanging out at home. What ever it may be pick a breed that matches. For example if you’re not into high energy activities, consider adopting a pug.

Puppy vs. Adult

Most people like to opt for a puppy because their so cute and fun to watch grow-up however adult dogs are just as adorable and fun. Regardless of the their age, all dogs want love and companionship. So don’t automatically rule out an older dog.

Pet supplies

Once you’ve figured out what breed is best for you,  make a list of supplies to purchase such as  proper leashes, bed, food,  toys, snacks, etc. that is size appropriate. Don’t forget poop bags! Note brand of food is really important to your dog’s health so picking his or her food shouldn’t be random. For more information on this read our previous blog, Know how to shop for the best dog food

Pet insurance

Yes there is a such a thing and yes you need this because medical bills for dogs are just as expensive as yours. But keep in mind that pet insurance doesn’t work like people insurance. Most of them only reimburse a certain percentage (60%-100%) after you have already paid the vet. But the coverage is good to have especially for emergencies.  coverage, reimbursement amount, and price differs depending on company but most are affordable. Many offer quotes for free. You can also use pet insurance for routine things such as vaccinations and dental cleaning.

Another option is Care Credit, a credit card specifically for pet medical bills, it basically works like a regular credit card so you must have good credit. Along with picking the best insurance company you need to also find the best vet for you. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions or bring up any concerns that you may have. At the appropriate age have your pet spayed or neutered, it’ll make them more healthy, happy and less likely to run away. Insurance covers this as well.

Dog trainer

Some dogs end up training themselves even potty training but most dogs will require training especially large dogs. Just because your pup may need training doesn’t mean that you have a bad dog, some dogs get really excited about everything and need to learn to calm down and listen to you especially while walking, If you decide to train your own puppy keep in mind that it takes time, patience and knowledge. If you start to feel overwhelmed contact a trainer, most will walk you through and give you how to tips for a minimal fee.

Dog walker

While your working hard eight hours of day, you need some one to care for your dog. Consider hiring a professional dog walker. Your dog walker will take them out for exercise, potty breaks, companionship and more. So you can be worry free during the day and come home to a happy fur baby. Don’t have a dog walker and want to learn more? Contact us, NOLAs Finest Pet Care by filling out form below.

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