Preparation to Keep A Dog

Top 10 breeds for first time keeping a dog

With blessings, I have dogs in my life since I were a young child, back to around 5 or 6 years old. My first dog or our family’s first dog is from my uncle’s. At that time, my uncle’s beautiful German Shepherd gave birth to 6 cute puppies.

I remembered visiting my uncle that sunny day, all 6 puppies using their little paws pressing mommy’s breasts trying to get more milk, and the mother staring at the visitors cautiously.

My mom pointed to a 3 color little girl, and uncle picked it up and said gently to the puppy – now you have a new home. I held her gently in my hands like a treasure. I was caressing the puppy and promising the mommy dog that I am going to take good care of her baby. Dog mommy seems to understand she had to say good bye to her child, she wasn’t aggressive and even looked at me tenderly. If she could speak human language, I guessed she was saying: please take good care of my baby girl.

From that day, we had a royal family member, she welcomed me with swaging tails when I were home from school, she guarded my bike when we went shopping, she swam together with us in a lake, she gave birth to her own babies, she…She gave us enormous joys and happiness. She went back to dog planet 10 years later after an accident, however, those happy moments are never forgotten. And she made me sure about one thing – I will have a dog for my family.  

Now another has passed, I became an adult, married and moved to another country for almost one year, I have been dreaming about having a dog in my new home, but I also understand that taking a puppy is not just taking an accompanying pet, it is a commitment, a commitment to take care of a family member. I have been thinking about what breed of dog I should keep and what kind of preparation I have to welcome a new family member, maybe this can offer you some suggestion.

First, I have to consider my new life style and daily routines, and different dog breeds have distinct routines and preferrences.

Personally, I love big dogs, maybe because I got our dog when I was little, even though she was a middle size dog, she was still huge to me as a little girl and that offered me a feeling of being protected, which might affects my feelings about big dogs.

For bigger breeds, such as Alaska, Bernese or even Great Dane, because of their size, they need a relatively huge space to live in. Do I have a big garden or house for my dog to keep him or her in a comfortable environment? At the same time, Me and my husband, we are both frequent travellers, could we bring them out, if not, who can help us to take care of them?

For more energentic dog breeds, such as Belgium Malinois and Haski, they are always full of energy which requires a lot of playing or trainning time, do I have that much or am I will to spend that much time to go trekking or playing with them? If I keep them at home all time, they might “destory” my house with thier energies that cannot be released. Would I like that?

For more “scary looking” breeds, such as Dobermann, Pit bull dogs, yes sure they are handsome and protective, however, many people are afraid of them, that you just cannot avoid about some comments from time to time. Am I ready to take those words? Can I commit make a routine and training plan so that they are 100% behaved when we are outside in public?

For more aggressive breeds, such as Cane Corso and Rottweilers, they might be friendly and cute to their owners, but they could also be very aggressive to other dogs and human. Do I live in an environment that relatively remote or with less human or other dogs? Same as before, can I train them well? Am I strong enough to control them?

Of course, no matter which breed, we should establish trainning plans so that our dogs are well-mannered.

I also need to consider my finance condition.  

Different breeds do not just requires different living environments, they also requires different kind of food. Does my finance situation allow me to offer suitable and enough nutrition for my dog to keep them in good shape and with a beautiful coat?

Food is not the only part that will take money, also the health. Can I support myself to give my dog a regular health treatment, especially when they get older. They might have dental problems, kidney disease, heart issues etc., can I keep my words to take good care of my dog even when he or she is suffering from the pains?  

Beside food and health, don’t forget the beauty part. If I would like to keep my dog clean and nice, I will like to bring her to a groomer from time to time, can I do that

Don’t forget the emotional support.

Our dog offers us joys and happiness, and what can we pay them back emotionally?  No matter what kinds of dog breeds, even independent like Inu Shiba, need our love to them. Can I also take care of them emotionally? Yes they are not just pets, dogs could have separation anxiety (and here are some tips to manage the separation anxiety in dogs), they could also have depression. Can I avoid this happen or deal with it when it happens?

If it is the first time for you to keep a puppy, considering the mentioned points. Here’s a list of the top 10 best dog breeds that are suitable for first time keeping a dog for a family:

  • Labrador: Big, friendly, and smart, Labradors fit right into family life with their robust charm.
  • Golden Retriever: Patient, affectionate, and great with kids, Golden Retrievers effortlessly adapt to different living spaces.
  • Beagle: Friendly and just the right size, Beagles make ideal companions for families, easily adjusting to apartment living.
  • Cavalier: Small and affectionate, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels thrive on closeness, making them perfect for those in search of a loving pet.
  • Bichon: Playful and hypoallergenic, Bichon Frises are a great match for families with allergies, offering a small and affectionate presence.
  • Poodle: In various sizes, Poodles are easy to train and boast a low-shedding coat, making them a top pick for first-time owners.
  • Shih Tzu: Known for friendliness and a luxurious coat, Shih Tzus are joyful indoor companions, bringing happiness to homes of all sizes.
  • French Bulldog: Compact and laid-back, French Bulldogs make excellent apartment pets, known for their affectionate nature.
  • Cocker: Friendly and adaptable, Cocker Spaniels are perfect for families and individuals, thriving in both city and suburb life.
  • Dachshund: With a unique look and moderate size, Dachshunds are lively and affectionate, fitting seamlessly into various lifestyles.

Each of these breeds comes with its unique characteristics, but they all share a common charm – an unconditional love for their human. When considering a furry friend, please spend time to study different breeds to understand their uniqueness, it can help to ensure a perfect match for a lifelong bond between you and your new canine family member.

So if I decided to keep a dog, what should I prepare for them?

The Basics – Bed, Bowls, and toys.

To start with, I might like to create a cozy bed for my puppy, which I will need to look into the size and materials; second, non-tip bowls for food and water for them comfort, or a materials that is easy to clean. Again, puppies are like babies, they also love to play, therefore a few chew toys not only to keep them busy but also alleviate their teething discomfort.

Quality Nutrition – Choosing the Right Puppy Food

To start with, I might like to create a cozy bed for my puppy, which I will need to look into the size and materials; second, non-tip bowls for food and water for them comfort, or a materials that is easy to clean. Again, puppies are like babies, they also love to play, therefore a few chew toys not only to keep them busy but also alleviate their teething discomfort.

Nutrition plays an important role in the well-being of your puppy. Do some reasearch of the dietary needs of your puppy’s breed and age, and select a high-quality puppy food that meets these requirements. 

Larger breed puppies, for example, may benefit from food formulated to support joint health and prevent skeletal problems. On the other hand, small breeds might require kibble designed for their smaller mouths and higher metabolic rates. Read carefully about the labels and choose a formula tailored to your puppy’s specific needs allows them to receive the right balance of nutrients.

Essential nutrients, such as protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals, play a significant role in supporting the fast growth and energy levels characteristic of puppyhood. you can also consult with your veterinarian to determine the best feeding schedule and portion sizes for your specific puppy, ensuring a healthy start to their life with you.

Grooming Supplies – A Clean and Happy Puppy

Make your puppy used to the grooming habits early by investing in some necessary grooming supplies, such as a soft brush, a nail clipper, a toothbrush and a dog-friendly toothpaste. These tools help to maintain the hygiene condition of your puppy, which will also keep them away from other diseases such as the annoying lice and teeth problems.

Safety and Identification – Collars, harness, leash and Tags

Keep your puppy’s safety by outfitting them with a well-fitted harness or collar with an identification tag when going out. A leash with suitable length or a flexible leash, is essential for both control and training. Identification tags should include your contact information, to make sure your pup can come back to you if there is any lost accidence.

For harness and leash, one does not fit for all. considering your life style, there can be different types of harness, collar and leash, for example, a seat belt leash for traveling, a magnetic dog harness for daily walking, a belt leash or outdoor trekking etc.

Training Supplies and Educational Tools

Keeping the correct foundations for your puppy’s behavior is crucial for its life in human world. Training aids such as treats for positive performance, a crate for safe and secure at home or during transport. Educational materials or guides to help you understand your puppy’s needs and behaviors better. A well-informed and proactive method to training will help to build a  harmonious relationship between you and your new furry family member.

Last but not least, preparing for the arrival of a puppy involves a thoughtful consideration of essential supplies that support their basic needs, safety, health, and training requirements.

By choosing the right tools, you set the stage for a positive and fulfilling experience for both you and your new four-leg family member. As you prepare the supplies needed for this exciting new chapter, remember that each item contributes to the well-being and happiness of your puppy, fostering a strong foundation for a lasting and loving relationship.

Above are my thoughts about taking a new furry family member, hope it contributes to your decision.

One more thing I would like to emphasize, I also encourage adopting instead of buying. All the above points are suitable for adopting a dog, and adopting a dog would require more patience and mental care about our new family member.

Wish you encounter your dream dog soon ^^ If you have any more suggestion or something you would like to share about your first puppy or the journey about preparing for your lovely puppy, please leave comments.

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