I’m a full time freelancer. So that means I spend a lot of time working alone during the week when I’m not out on shoots or attending events. Little Juno came into my life back in March after a lot of research and consideration on whether or not I would be up for the task. I’ve always wanted a dog, so I thought that this might be the perfect time to get one since I have the availability now as a freelancer. If you’re also thinking about adopting a furry friend, here a few things to consider before you take on a new (and very cute) responsibility!
1. Your schedule. Even though I completely make my schedule, Juno has one of her own. I have to make sure that I’m either at home at certain times during the day to feed her and also remember to pack a bag with her bowls and food if I’m not. House training a dog is time consuming too, especially when they’re young. When I first got Juno she had to go out every hour. I had to make time in my schedule to wait for her outside, so I ended up either bringing my computer out with me to continue working or bringing along a book to pass the time.
2. Don’t take your new puppy to a dog park. I know it’s tempting to want to join the fellow dog-lovers at the park who are usually seen throwing a ball with their pups, but puppies are really susceptible to a virus called Parvo, which in many cases results in death for puppies. They primarily get it from sniffing other dog’s waste, but can also get it from the air at a dog park. Wait until they’re about a couple month’s old until you start taking them out.
3. Socializing your puppy is also important. Luckily, Juno had another dog in her life right from the beginning (a sweet 8-year-old Pitbull named Marley) and she’s learned many things from interacting with Marley. She’s not afraid of other dogs or people and loves getting attention from them. Socializing your dog gives them a good chance of being happy when someone else is taking care of them in your absence. It gets them used to a variable environment which will make transitions smoother as the years go on.
4. Oh yeah, and one last thing. You’re going to be killed with cuteness. It’s a minor side affect, but one to take note of. Make sure you’re implementing discipline right from the beginning so that your new puppy knows who’s boss and what the ground rules are. Otherwise they’ll be king of the den soon enough. Don’t let that baby face get to ya!
I’d love to hear your stories of adopting as well as any tips or tricks you have for those considering getting a new dog in the comments section below!