July 1, 2020
If you’re working from home these days, you may be tempted to adopt a furry home office companion. Go for it! Dogs enrich our lives in countless ways. While they could be a lot of work, they provide many years of unconditional love and unwavering support. But first, make sure you do your research because adopting a dog is a huge responsibility that requires a lot of careful planning. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips and resources to ensure your adoption goes smoothly.
Assemble Your Team
Before adopting your dog, assemble a team of professionals who can help you with everything from grooming to training.
Hire a professional dog trainer like Smashingly Respectful to teach your new pup basic obedience training.
Find a local veterinarian and book your first visit.
Consider getting pet insurance to save money on your vet bills.
Look for a dog groomer who can keep your pup clean and healthy.
Book a dog groomer or pet sitter to visit your furry friend during the workday.
Prepare Your Home and Yard
The home can be a hazardous place for a curious dog. Take the time to pet-proof your place so you can keep them safe.
Hire a professional to install a secure fence around your yard.
Check your yard for hazardous plants like Tulips and English Ivy.
Inside, get on your hands and knees and look for potential hazards like cords and sharp furniture corners.
Learn about which household products are safe for pets and which can become dangerous when ingested.
Dogs can take a while to feel comfortable in a new environment, but there are a couple of things you can do to ease their transition.
Set up a safe space where your dog can escape the excitement and relax.
Make sure your children (if any) are calm and gentle when getting to know your new dog.
If you’re adopting a puppy, consider taking a week off from work to focus on training.
If you’re looking for company during the pandemic, consider bringing home a furry friend. Adopting a dog is incredibly exciting! With the right preparations, you and your pup will be best friends before you know it.
Need help with your training? Smashingly Respectful can help your dog learn the skills they need to become a well-mannered member of your family. Contact to learn more! Call 443-926-4335.