One of the most frequently raised questions any would-be dog owner asks themselves is “is this one right for me?” While this can be a great question to ask and can help you decide on the breed and disposition of the pet you wish to bring home (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be more appropriate for your small family than a Husky, for instance), it’s also important to ask the question – “am I the right person for this pet?”
After all, not everyone has a home situation suitable for all dogs, and while dogs are lovely through and through, they’re not always as low-maintenance as cats are to raise. For this reason, we need to make sure that our home environment and family setup are suitable for such a cute little creature first.
A good first step here is to consider if you have the means to protect your new puppy as they deserve to be protected. They might be incredibly interested and boisterous, but they’re only little and deserve our care. In the following advice, we hope you can understand some of the baser requirements that make all the difference here:
Gates & Fences
It’s important to make sure that your gates and fences are properly installed. To begin with, you’ll most likely use a litter tray or be very attentive with your dog when you train them for outside bathroom visits. Sooner rather than later, they will learn to wait to go outside. This means that they then begin exploring your garden if you’re lucky enough to have one – or at least a small outside area you’re responsible for. It’s important to make sure they can’t escape by installing appropriate gates (with sign warnings to not let the dog out), as well as fences that are properly installed deep, so no intrepid dog can dig under them. It really will make a difference.
It’s important to make sure that the windows of your household aren’t serving as potential escape routes for your adventurous little friend. Latches and ventilation catch that allows you to let fresh air in without leaving an opening to fall (or jump enthusiastically) out of is a very good idea. It can also be worthwhile to consider how easy it is to climb up to the windowsill. In some rooms, you may be able to limit this.
Of course, protecting them from exploring too much is a good idea, but it’s also important to recognize that dogs tend to have medical issues, some more than others, but all will need a checkup eventually. This is why dog insurance can be so helpful, as it helps to offset some of the cost and makes sure that the long-term care of your furry friend is more amenable. After all, it’s inappropriate to bring a dog into the hope if we cannot care for their wellbeing, which is why taking some time to make sure the right protections are in place will make such a big difference.
With this advice, you’re certain to protect your new puppy in the best way.