Preparing for a new dog requires planning and involving your family to ensure everyone is ready for the responsibilities.
Prepare Yourself and Your Family
Plan walks and feeding times before/after work, and bathroom breaks every 8 hours for adult dogs. Puppies need more frequent potty breaks.
Meet the dog or cat you want to adopt in person. Spend time with them to see if they're a good fit and ask shelter staff about their personality and history.
Vacations become complicated with a dog - plan ahead for a sitter, boarding, or taking them with you.
Prepare your home for your new pet by creating a designated space, such as a crate with a bed, blanket, and toys for a dog.
Set Up a Space Just For Them
Consider your long-term plans before adopting a dog. Will your lifestyle change in the next 10 years? Will you have kids? Make sure to find a family-friendly dog.
Restrict access to certain areas and put away dangerous or tempting items. Gradually introduce restricted areas once your pet is settled.
Schedule your pet's first vet visit right away to check their health and vaccinations. Choose a vet that suits your preferences and ask for recommendations from friends and family.
Pet insurance plans can range from $10-$80 per month and can help cover unexpected costs. Choose a plan that suits your needs and budget to ensure your furry friend gets the care they need.
Look Into Pet Insurance
Get advice on introducing your new pet to your current pet, whether it's a dog or cat, to ensure a smooth transition.