Caring for Your Dog

It may take a while for your dog to adjust to their new lifestyle, but you can make it easier for them by creating a schedule, making sure they're healthy and giving them a loving home. These are things to think about when bringing home your new dog:

Dogs must be walked every three to four hours.

Not all dogs are potty-trained properly, and taking your dog out often will minimize the amount of accidents in your home.

Keep your dog safe.

Remove dangerous objects from its reach. Always keep a dog on-leash when outdoors in unfenced areas, and even watch it in a fenced yard or inside the house.

Create a schedule so then know when they go out to go to the bathroom, eat and play.

This way they will become more relaxed around members of the household and their crate.

Teach them it's natural for people to leave the house and that they will be back by leaving your dog in the crate for a few hours a day.

Take your dog to the groomer once a month.

The groomer will bathe and cut your dog, keeping it pretty and clean.

Find a veterinarian you trust and your dog is comfortable with.

Take your dog to see the veterinarian right away to make sure they are up to date on their shots and vaccines.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that all dogs receive distemper, hepatitis, respiratory disease, parvovirus and rabies vaccines.

It is also strongly encouraged to treat all dogs with flea and tick ointments monthly.

If your dog hasn't been spayed/neutered, and the adoption agency doesn't include it in their price, then begin arranging a date with the veterinarian.

Spayed/neutering your dog will prevent pregnancy, tumors and overpopulation of the animal community.

Buy insurance.

Pet insurance has become a popular option for many pet owners. There are over 10 companies that operate in the United States.

You can choose your deductable, which then determines how much you pay per month to the insurance company.

It can help save your dog's life if they develop a serious illness when they're older.