Back in July, we had to say goodbye to my beautiful border terrier, Molly. She had been a huge part of my life for 18 years and losing her left a such a hole both in my heart and also in our home. It just wasn’t the same not being greeted when we walked in the door. I was missing those lovely dog walks. I would listen out for her claws tapping on our bedroom floor each night, expecting her to suddenly be there and each time that realisation dawned on me that she wasn’t there and that she wouldn’t ever be again.Continue reading “Why A New Puppy Was The Right Choice For Our Family”
Having a pet can be almost as taxing, not to mention as expensive, as having a baby. When you’re taking on a new puppy for the first time, the amount of preparation and equipment can be overwhelming, not to mention the need to puppy-proof your home in much the same way you would for a toddler.
Thinking of getting a puppy? Creating a safe environment for your pooch is essential – puppies are very curious and will have a go at chewing everything in those first months. Not only do you want to protect your dog from your home, but you also want to protect your home from your dog, so as well as eliminating hazards, it could be worth finding a way to protect valuables.
Here are just ideas on how you can puppy-proof your home…
When you’re thinking about getting a puppy, it’s always going to be important for you to adjust to the lifestyle change as much as possible. You have to make sure that you’re more accommodating, and that you’re okay with the changes that you will have to make. But don’t worry because it’s not all scary. It is more about the case of actually adapting the way that you live now to ensure you will be putting your new puppy’s interests first. So if you want to work out just how you’re going to do that, let’s walk through five approaches that are going to help you nail puppy motherhood.
- Make Them Part Of Your Life
The very first thing you need to do is to make sure that you’re bringing them into your life. Don’t just see your dog as a dog. They need to be apart of the family too. Essentially, you’re going to want to treat them like your child- hence the puppy motherhood status! This is definitely something that will come easily to most people and once you find your rhythm, everything will slot into place.
- Show Them Love
Next, you need to make sure that you’re being affectionate with them. Puppies love to be fussed. So it’s going to be incredibly important that you show them the love that they need. Yes, dogs love to play, but they also love to be stroked and cuddled too. So think about working in some time each day to snuggle up with them and really show them that you care. Again, when you’ve been dreaming about becoming a pup mom for a long time, this is probably something that you’ll look forward to anyway.
- Pamper Them Pretty
Next up, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re looking after their hygiene. This is something that they can’t overly do for themselves. Make sure that you’re focusing on coat care with something such as Aniforte, as well as taking care of their teeth too. These are both areas of their hygiene that will require the most work. Regularly grooming and vet appointments can help you to stay on top of this.
- Take Them On Holiday
Next, you need to make sure that you’re taking your dog on holiday too. You can’t always just head out and leave them whenever you feel like it. Instead, you need to be able to bring them into your everyday life, vacations included.
- Focus On Their Health
Finally, you then need to think about their health levels too. There are lots of things that you can do to keep your dog or puppy healthy, but essentially you need to make sure that you’re feeding them well and giving them lots of regular exercise. Your vet can personally recommend anything else that you may need to do.
We hope that has helped you to take your steps into puppy motherhood and wish you the best of luck with your new little friend.
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