5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Brought Home a Dog

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!

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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