Adopting a new dog is exciting! You can already imagine the activities and memories you’ll enjoy together. But before that, you must know what to prepare before bringing him at home. Here are tips on what to do especially to first time owner like you.

 

1. Choose all-natural food

Choosing the right food is a must. Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs, and senior dogs have their own nutritional considerations.

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Merrick Dry Dog Food Grain Free Bison, Beef and Sweet Potato 10lbs Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food Sierra Mountain Canine 12.2kg Merrick Lil' Plates Dry Dog Food Real Salmon Sweet Potato 4 Lb

 

2. Buy their other essentials

Aside from food, they also need feeding bowls, toys, treats, and leashes with harness/collar.

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3. Give them a place to sleep

Set up a sleeping spot in advance. It’s generally best to start your dog with a confined space like a dog crate. This gives them a safe space of their own. Prepare it ahead of time, and add a cozy dog bed for them to rest on.

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4. Dog-proof your home

Adopting a new dog, especially a puppy, isn’t like bringing home a baby — it’s like having a curious toddler who’s itching to sniff, claw, and nibble their way into every nook and cranny of your home.

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5. Visit the vet for check-up and vaccines

No one loves your pet as much as you do. Part of that love is making sure they get the best veterinary care possible. You can help your vet deliver it when you prepare for routine checkups, know when there’s an emergency, and follow up after your pet gets care. Getting them vaccinated is also important to keep them immune from sickness.