While we’re always told to build our own emotional support network, nobody really talks about the puppy support network.
When you first bring a pooch home, it’s both adorable and stressful. With puppy training, toilet accidents, and a full house to keep clean, it can feel pretty much a never-ending circle of things to do.
And that’s why creating your own puppy support network is a great idea. Of course, your network should include only people you trust with looking after your pet when you’re not around, or simply when you need a little break. So who should be included in your puppy patrol?
In an ideal world, we’d always be at home with our furry friends, but sadly that isn’t often the case.
Whether you work just around the corner, or have had to travel further afield, it’s always a good idea to give a second house key to a close friend or relative.
The person you choose needs to be confident handling your dog or someone who has their own experience with other dogs. That way, if they need to nip to the house for you in cases of emergencies or just to check something, neither your dog nor relative is left feeling overwhelmed.
A reputable vet
Of course, a major stakeholder in your support network will be your vet. They’ll know your dog, and be able to identify any telltales signs that something is wrong. It’s important to make sure that the vet you choose has experience with your breed so that you know they’ll know exactly what to do if issues arise. It’s also good to have an emergency vet in madison in your contact list, just in case you need to contact someone out of hours.
A professional trainer
If your budget allows it, hiring a professional trainer early on can make training your dog much easier and more manageable. Whether they go for weekly classes or a few behavioral sessions during the fear phase, getting your dog familiarized with a professional could help you when you find yourself in a mess later on.
What’s more, if something terrible did happen – for example, your dog ends up in a fight with another dog or person – a professional trainer is a great person to have on your side. They’ll be able to provide a character witness for you or your dog if needed.
A sitter and dog walker
While there may be some day trips and holidays where you can take your dog, that doesn’t mean your pooch will be able to join you for everything. If you and your family like to travel, you’ll need a trusted, responsible and consistent sitter so that your dog can stay in their familiar surroundings with someone they know. Alternatively, finding a doggy hotel that works for both you and your dog can work for longer stays.
There’s no rule that says you can’t ask for help when bringing a furry friend into your home. And everyone needs a break from time to time. Make sure you’ve got the right people around you to support you and your pooch.
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