by Lesley Flowers
(West Islip, NY, USA)
You just got that cute new dog that you wanted. Whether you picked a puppy up at the breeder or picked a full grown dog out at the shelter there are a few things that your new pet needs you to do for him.
Your new dog needs to get a medical checkup, you need to get him the proper food, spaying or neutering should be done, proper grooming should be considered, and your new dog is going to need some training. If you keep all of these things in mind, you and your new pet will both be much happier together.
Your first stop after picking up your dog should be your veterinarian’s office. He can give your dog a physical examination to make sure there is nothing wrong with him. He will also check to make sure that your dog has had all of the proper vaccinations and immunizations that he needs depending on his breed and your geographical location.
While you are at the veterinarian’s office you should ask for his advice on the right food for your dog. The size and breed of your dog, as well as his age will be important considerations in determining the proper diet. You will need to decide whether you will feed him dry kibble or moist canned food, the size of the kibble if that is your choice, and how much and when to feed him.
Unless there is some overriding reason, such as your dog being a purebred, you should make an appointment while at your veterinarian’s office to have your dog spayed or neutered. It is a sad fact that there are far too many unwanted dogs that need to be put down every year. Please help to prevent the problem from getting worse. Neutering will also help calm down your male dog and stop him from marking his territory.
Proper grooming is essential for your dog’s health and appearance. He will need to be brushed & bathed regularly. The longer his hair is the more often you will need to brush him. If you neglect the brushing and his hair gets tangled and matted the only solution will be to shave it off and start over. His teeth also need to be taken care of with brushing. If you feed your dog moist canned food then brushing will have to take place more often to keep his teeth clean and prevent that dreaded “dog breath.”
All dogs are going to require some kind of training. Obviously they all need to be housebroken or paper trained. At a minimum, they also need to be trained to sit, stay, heel, and to not tug on their leash when you walk them. This basic training will keep both of you happier and safer. You can do this training yourself or take your dog to a professional trainer.
A new dog is a wonderful addition to anyone’s life, but he needs to be taken care of properly. When first getting a dog you need to have your vet examine him, you need to pick out the right food for him to eat, spaying or neutering should be done, his grooming needs have to be considered, and he will need some basic dog training. Accomplishing these things will make sure that both you and your new pet will have many years together and have lots of fun along the way.