| Random Thoughts wrote:|
I'm being begged by my s.o to take one of the puppies our mutual friend's dog just had. I know next to nothing about being a pet owner, aside from the time when I had a fish as a kid. Before I take on the responsibility, anybody have any tips or things I should be primed on? Health Insurance, going to the vet, dogfood, and other things I might not be aware of?
So yeah, dog owning for dummies. Help?
This will be long
Health insurance: dont get the PetSmart plans, they are full of sh*t and its not insurance, just good for vaccinations and office visits, but if your dog has an emergency, you pay the expenses. I cant wait for my plan to expire. If you dont mind the long wait take him to the Humane Society clinic for vaccinations when he/she reaches the starting age.
Vet: Shop around. Make sure they actually like dogs. The first one i went to was such a grouch i wondered who condemned her to that career.
Dogfood: Some breeds are more sensitive than others. If you decide to change the brand, introduce it very slowly, mix it with the old one over time. Dont buy any dogfood that has lots of grain or has corn in the first few ingredient list. Its a cheap filler which is found in many terrible dogfoods. Do NOT buy any dog treats made in China, there have been many recalls with lots of them having melamine and other plastics, which have killed many dogs.
Training: it will be a nightmare since its a puppy. You will need to buy a crate and diaper pads for potty training. Look up youtube videos and http://www.dogforum.com/
for advice on pup training. Buy Natures Miracle Stain and Odor remover, its the best enzymatic cleaner for pet odors and stains, the rest dont work, especially if you have carpet.
Dogs are needy, therefore high maintenance compared to cats. They are expensive, need to be groomed, and need lots of outdoor exercise everyday. You will need to take him/her out to potty every morning, so if you are not a morning person, it will be hard at first for you. Beyond the cuteness, they are a huge responsibility which if you are not ready for dont start; my dog was a rescue, likely abandoned after the novelty wore off, he was in a pretty bad shape when i found him.
But with all that said, i love my dog to death, he's fccing awesome