Hindsight is always 20/20. Some nuggets of information sharing with likeminded folks or pet professional who were say to find and not just in my local area, would be the icing on the cake.
But, Facebook was definitely not like what it is now and sharing information is no easier than ever.
Since I learned by flying by the seat of my pants, I want you to be better prepared and not struggle like I did.
I also want you to know you’re definitely not alone if everything isn’t unicorns and butterflies when you bring your new dog home.
1. Dog Trainer: Hiring a dog trainer, is on the top of the list (not just because I am on:)), it’s because a dog transitioning into your house, you and your dog will need time to adjust and become more comfortable with one another.
Also, a great way of preventing those unwanted behaviors BEFORE they become a problems.
It’s important for you and your dog to start off on the right foot. Hiring a positive reinforcement trainer will for sure set you up for success.
2. Dog Food: All dog food is not created equally, that’s for sure. Finding how dog food compares with each other is important. In addition, I didn’t even think about recalls on dog food until I found out about www.dogfoodadvisor.com.
Make this website a reference tool for you as you consider all types of dog food.
One last bit on dog food, if you like reading, Dog Food Logic by Linda Case will definitely turn your head on the dog food business.
3. Car Seatbelts: When I think about this now, I’m like “duh” why didn’t I think of this earlier. I mean, seatbelts keep you safe, why not have this in place for your dog too.
There are different varieties, I do like the ones that clip into the seatbelt itself. You can feel secure your dog will be protected if you get into a car accident.
Note: If you give treats int he car-make sure they are big enough to not get stuck in between the care seat lol.
4. Car Seat Covers: These will protect your car’s fabric from nail marks or dirt and wetness. Some even have the option of having a front seat divider which will help keep your pets in the back.
You won’t have that problem if you follow #2.
5. Either purchasing pet insurance or creating a fund for pet care needs: Visits to the veterinarians are expensive I know you all want the best for your dogs, so feel secure knowing you have money set aside or get reimbursed through your pet insurance when accidents or illness happens.
An added thought, for those who are always moving due to the military, especially relocating overseas, pet transport is not covered (currently)with travel orders.
What this means for you, make sure you have funds to cover the cost of travel and required relocation expenses for your dogs. They are family and can move with you!