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Tricks And Tips For First-Time Dog Owners
Guest Blog by Jessica Brody; Our Best

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Choosing the right dog for you and your family takes time and careful consideration; not only do you want to ensure you get the right breed, it’s also important to think about whether your home, schedule, and lifestyle will work well with a new pet. Many dog owners don’t take into consideration the amount of time and work a pet requires, or they choose a dog simply on appearance alone, which can lead to problems down the road.
Some things to consider are: how long you’re away from home during the day, how expensive your dog will be, how to prepare your home to keep your pet safe and comfortable, and which dogs do best with families, especially if you have young children. If your neighbors have a dog, you might also talk to them once you’ve made a decision just to let them know you’ll be bringing home a new animal. Perhaps arrange for your pets to meet so they won’t be tempted to bark at each other every time they’re outside together."

Keep reading for some great tips on how to choose the right dog for your family and how to keep him happy.

Choose the right breed"
While there’s no breed of dog that’s “better” than another, it’s important to find one that best suits your family. Think about whether you want a small dog or a larger one, how much room you have in your home/backyard, and whether you’re prepared to take on a breed that is known for health issues, such as pugs. Doing some lengthy research will help you find the right breed for your family, so look online for ideas.
Factor in the cost

Dogs can be expensive, especially if they have health issues, so it’s important to know exactly what costs you’ll be taking on. From food to toys and accessories to medical bills, knowing ahead of time what you’ll be paying for will help you plan. Take some time off work.
"If possible, take some time off work the week your new dog comes home. This will allow you to bond with him and help him get acquainted with his environment, and it will also give you a chance to go over the rules and start training him. Allow him to explore safely by using baby gates to close off areas with stairs, and make sure there aren’t too many visitors at first that might overwhelm him.

Have everything ready

When you have a new dog who needs your love and attention, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you have enough food on hand, or making sure he’s got adequate bedding. Have everything he needs ready when he arrives, including food and water dishes, a leash and collar, toys, and a designated spot in your home where he can retreat. Many owners opt to crate their dog at first, which allows your dog to have a space of his own and ensures he is contained  when you have to leave the house."

Have a plan for cleaning

Living with a dog can get a little messy, and you’ll need to clean up after your dog regularly. It’s a good idea to remove throw rugs that can collect hair or look like an appetizing chew toy, and have a plan in place for cleaning carpets and furniture. If you can’t keep your dog off the couch, you should plan to have it cleaned at least twice a year, which can get expensive. For example, the average price to have upholstery cleaned In Kent, Washington, is between $126-$215, with a timeline of about two hours. It also helps to vacuum at least once a week and use a carpet deodorizer to avoid odor buildup.
Having a good plan in place before bringing home a new dog is essential, and it’s important to talk to your family members about how to care for him and what the rules will be so that everyone is on the same page. With a little preparation, you and your new pet can start off on the right foot and have many happy years together.