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How to Prepare for a Puppy

Getting your first dog is a big step in anyone’s life. It’s a milestone and a commitment that will last a decade or longer. You will be entirely responsible for this little furry creature, which is why getting a puppy on a whim or because it is just too cute, isn’t a good reason. You need to be prepared to get messy, to go for walks every day, to take them to the vet, and above all else, to love them long after they grow out of their puppy feet. 

If you are reading this guide to help you prepare for your first puppy, you are already on the right track to being a great dog parent. That is what you will be, after all  a parent — and like all great parents, you will want to get ready for the big arrival by doing the following:

Learn the Basics of Puppy Care

Before you go and pick out a puppy, you need to first understand exactly what caring for a dog entails. If you aren’t okay with cleaning up poop or dealing with a puppy who pees all over the place, then you aren’t ready for a dog. 

Know what to expect, and be ready for the worst. Only then can you be truly ready for a puppy. 

Stock Up On Puppy Foods 

While learning about dog care, you will want to keep an eye out for any good deals. Puppies need different food from adults (typically they are more calorie-rich to support their growth) and there are different kinds of foods to accompany them as they age. And it’s quality stuff that isn’t just full of grains or other fillers is expensive. 

This also applies to treats. Nowadays you can get quality items like whole pigs ears, or even CBD treats from places like CeeBeeDoo that will help their health and any anxieties they face. Stock up, especially on sale, so you always have a good supply of food and treats. 

And Dog Related Accessories 

Buying a puppy bed is a waste because they are going to outgrow it. When you know what breed of dog you want and have picked out a puppy — you can do this before they are three months, but you won’t be able to take them home just yet — then choose a dog bed that fits their adult size. 

Sign Up for a Great Puppy Class 

Sign up for a puppy class or at least find one near you that ticks all of your boxes so that you can get your little dogtrained right from the start. 

Set Out Rules from the Get-Go 

Everyone in your household needs to agree to follow the rules. If you don’t want your dog on the couch, then that needs to be a rule from the start and always enforced. If you don’t want begging at the table, pick a spot where they can wait until you are finished with your meal. 

Map Out Great Walks, Leash-Free Zones, and Hikes 

You will learn as you go. It’s natural, but so long as you know how to take care of their basic needs, how to train them, and are ready to improve your own lifestyle while you are at it,then you will be ready for a new puppy.