Adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences an animal lover can have. Not only will you be providing a forever home for an animal in need, but you will also be gaining a new best friend.

And you’re ready. You’ve already done your research about breed and compatibility. You’ve assessed your lifestyle to ensure an attentive and loving home for your new pet. By now, you’ve removed or relocated potential hazards like toxic plants and cleaning supplies, making certain your home is safe and dog-proof. You’ve also created a comfortable space for your new dog, with plenty of food, water, toys, and bedding. And now adoption day has rolled around – and you’re wondering: “what next?”

Here are a few important early steps to keep in mind after adopting a dog.

  1. Find a trustworthy pet care collaborator. As much as we love our pets and want to be with them, work, recreation, and other family responsibilities can often take us away from them for periods of time. That’s why partnering with a trustworthy pet care resort is so important after adopting a dog. Not only can quality dog daycare programs keep your dog mentally and physically engaged while you are away at work or running errands, but the best boarding facilities provide the comforts of home during any extended leaves. This helps to mitigate separation anxiety (for both you and your dog) while providing luxuries like memory foam beds, gourmet treats, tuck-ins, and continuous supervision.
  2. Socialize early (and often): Socialization with other animals and human caretakers is imperative during your pet’s formative years. Not only does it acclimate them to new sights and sounds while you’re out and about in the world, but it helps to mitigate fearful and even aggressive behaviors down the road while starting your pet out on the right foot. That being said, if you’re giving an older dog a forever home, social activities are still beneficial. Quality daycare programs help dogs of all ages stay mentally and physically engaged while eliminating the boredom of waiting at home.
  3. Establish a regular grooming routine: Cleanliness and comfort are directly related to your dog’s health. Professional groomers frequently help to identify potential health concerns with your dog, including skin irregularities, before they become problematic. So don’t delay in partnering with a professional groomer at a pet care salon or spa. DogsWorld delivers three tiers of bathing services (basic, ultra, and premium) tailored to your dog’s specific needs. We also offer nail trimming, massage services, and hydrotherapy, as well as ear cleaning.

DogsWorld is dedicated to providing your dog fun and fulfillment in a safe and healthy environment whenever you need us. Contact us today to learn more.