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Getting a Dog – Complete Checklist for New Dog Owners

 

Bringing a new dog into the family is a very exciting time. Becoming a pet parent is rewarding, but also full of responsibility. The best way to prepare for your new dog is to have a checklist to lay the groundwork for your new addition.

 

Download the Complete Preparing for a New Dog  Checklist

Four Important Considerations:

1. Time: It is very important to think about how much time you’ll honestly be able to give your new pet.

  • At the very least dogs need to be fed 2-3 times a day and walked at least once a day.
  • Dogs with more energy may need even more time for proper exercise and stimulation.
  • Healthy pets should get at least an hour or day of direct attention, even if it’s just cuddling.
  • Don’t forget to add in time for grooming, hygiene, and appointments.

2. Costs: You want to make sure that you can always care for your vet. The best way is to create a budget for a new dog before you bring them home.

  • Does your new pet need to be spayed or neutered?
  • Is there an adoption fee that needs to be paid?
  • Monthly expenses such as food, pet sitting or new supplies
  • Routine veterinary care
  • Microchipping
  • Grooming equipment and supplies
  • Will you want to sign them up for training classes?
  • Beds and toys
  • Spare supplies

3. Age & Size: These are also two important factors in getting a new dog.

  • Puppies take far more time and training
  • Is your home accommodating to a large dog or would it be better suited for a small dog?
  • Do you have another pet to consider when deciding on what type of dog to get?
  • Can a large pet travel with you comfortably?

4. Lifestyle and relationship: Another big consideration is how your lifestyles will blend and the relationship you want to to have with your new canine companion. 

  • Are you active and want to bring your dog on hikes and camping trips?
  • Will your work and social life affect your ability to spend time and care for your pet?
  • Do you want a pet that will travel with you?
  • Do you have children that need a reliable and safe dog?
  • Is your new dog going to be your best friend or more of an independent roommate?

 

Shopping Checklist:

  • Age appropriate food
  • Water and food bowls
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • ID tags (make sure your phone number is on it)
  • Dog carrier or crate
  • Doggy shampoo and brush
  • Super absorbent paper towels
  • Various types of toys
  • Blanket
  • Dog toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Plastic baggies for waste

 

Getting a new dog awesome. Once you have considered all the important factors and gotten their supplies, the only thing left to do is have fun with your new family member!

Download the Complete Preparing for a New Dog  Checklist

How to Involve Your Pets in Christmas

 

Christmas is a special time for family and a lot of families include fur-children too. That’s why it’s a great idea to try and involve your pets in the Christmas celebrations. And if you’re wondering how to do that, we have some great ways to include the four-legged family members this year.

 

Take a Christmas photo together

We all love getting the family together for a festive family photo. This year make sure that your pet is in the photo as well! Grab your pet and an extra Santa for the perfect (and complete!) family portrait. You can use it for Christmas cards, put it in an ornament or frame it for the perfect holiday keepsake.

Get them a special gift

Wrap a gift and put it under the tree just for them. Just be sure that if it’s a fragrant gift of treats to wait and put it under the tree Christmas morning. Their curiosity may get the better of them and they may try to break into it. Eating ribbon or string can wreak havoc on their digestive systems, so it’s best to leave those gifts locked away until it is time to open it up.

Bake them their own Christmas treats

Most of the holidays are spent nibbling on delectable foods. However, almost everything we eat is far too rich for our pups to have. Why not take a few extra minutes in the kitchen to make them their own delicious Christmas treats? There are a lot of easy recipes you can whip up for your furry pal in no time.

Bring them along to look at Christmas lights

One of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the twinkling Christmas decorations. It’s always fun to jump in the car and drive around looking at lights. This year instead of leaving your dog at home, bring them along with the whole family for a chance to see how festive your neighborhood looks.

 

Spending time with family is one of the most important parts of Christmas. We get a chance to give our loved ones gifts and shower them with love during this special time of year. Including your pet is only the natural thing to do!

 


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Celebrate Grandparents Day – With Your Pets!

 

September 10th is National Grandparents Day. And even if you don’t have human kids you can still celebrate the day with your parents. You can celebrate the day by giving them presents from their grand-pets. As family dynamics change, it’s not that unusual to have families where pets are the children. They are every bit a part of the family as anyone else, so why not include them and your parents in this special day?  Here are some great gift ideas for those special pet grandparents in your life.

 

Dog-Grandparent Mug

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Worlds Greated Dog Grandma/Grandpa

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I Love My Granddogs Throw Pillow 

 


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Paw Print Magnet

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Grandkids Have Paws Plaque

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All pet grandparents are sure to love these cute little tokens of appreciation from their grandkids with paws!  Do you plan on celebrating Grandparents Day with your parents and pets? If so, let us know what you’re planning to do or have done in the past in the comments below.

7 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Mom from the Family Pet

 

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to lavish gifts on your loved ones.  And who best to spoil than the one person who is often the glue that holds every  day together, Mom, of course!  Here are some cute ideas for your family pet to give to Mom that are sure to make her smile.

 

1. Animal Lover Paw Print Hoodie

Mom will love cozying up on a chilly day with this adorable animal lover hoodie!

 

2. The Classic Lock Matching Pet Charm

This precious token of love is perfect for a pet mom and her fur baby.  The charm is great on a leash or collar and then get a matching one for Mom to wear as jewelry,  hang on a tote or key chain.

Image from LazyBonezz.com

 

3. Texts from The Dog Calendar

Make mom laugh each day will this adorable calendar with jokes from a witty tech savvy pup!

Image from Amazon

 

4. Custom Pet Portrait

Having your pet immortalized in a painting is sure to warm any pet lovers heart.

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5. Sterling Silver Heart and Paw Ring

What better way to show appreciation on Valentine’s Day than by giving the gal you love a nice ring?

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6. Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (And Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie)

Hilarious and heartwarming letters from the dog will definitely make mom smile time and time again.

 

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7. Dog Mom Mug

Who doesn’t love a good mug from a loved one? This cute Dog Mom mug is a great reminder of how special pet Mom’s are.

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All of these are sure to make the “Mom” in your life smile.  Even if you’ve already got your gift ready, why not include one for the family pet?  They surely appreciate all that Mom does just as much as you do.  Plus it’s sure to make Mom feel extra special!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY PET LOVERS!