You’ve made the decision that you want to adopt a puppy. How exciting! You’ve got names picked out. You know which potty training strategies you’ll try. You’ve probably stalked all the available pups online and know when the nearby shelter has a litter ready. You can’t wait to bring a little fur baby to their furrever home.

But, are you prepared for everything?

Here are 5 things to consider before adopting a puppy:

  • 1. What kind of routine will your dog have? Setting a schedule early on can be incredibly beneficial long term, especially when it comes to bathroom breaks, eating, sleeping and exercise.

  • 2.  What food will you feed your dog? It’s important to feed your puppy a complete and balanced food formulated for their stage of life. Read the labels and make sure you’re doing everything you can to raise a healthy puppy.

  • 3.  If the puppy has to be home alone, what will they do? Daycare for dogs can be a great resource if you have to be out of the house for long periods of time. While you’re away, your new dog can burn off puppy energy and learn to socialize with other dogs.

  • 4.  When should you start dental care? It’s hard to believe, but most dogs show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old. The best way to avoid dental issues is prevention. Starting at 4 months old, you can help prevent tartar build up by over 50% with Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews.

  • 5.  Who will you trust to care for your puppy? Dogs and puppies alike come with lots of unexpected events. Ask around in your community group, talk to coworkers, or make a list of nearby vets to visit on your own. It’s important to have a veterinarian you trust when the time comes.