What do current and future pet owners have to contend with? For a long time now, dogs have been fully-fledged members of our families. We look after their health and comfort, observe their behaviour and want to give them the best possible care. Unfortunately, we are not always prepared for a new member of the family and many situations may surprise us. Here are 5 things you need to prepare for.
Although these little creatures are adorable and fluffy, they can make a lot of mess. From mud and fur on the floor to chewed shoes and torn pillows.
A dog, just like a human, needs visits and check-ups and in some cases even expensive treatment. Vet visits are very expensive and you should bear in mind that pet-related expenses are not just about food and accessories. One of the best ways to do this is to check out doggie medical insurance, or set aside a fund to cover any medical costs.
Remember that every dog, just like every human, develops at its own pace. You cannot succumb to peer pressure or the best advice on the internet, your pet may simply need more time to assimilate knowledge or learn something new.
You will need a lot, especially in the beginning, patience. You need to know that puppies or adult dogs will test boundaries and, in the case of older pets, may want to take on the role of pack leader. If you are unable to deal with your pet’s behaviour yourself, you may wish to consult a behaviourist.
There are many pet accessories and gadgets on the market, which may not necessarily make life easier or please your pet. To avoid spending a fortune on unnecessary products, observe your pet’s behaviour and choose wisely.