You Bought A Dog, Now What?

As outdoorsmen, a lot of us grew up in the industry and had strong figures that paved the way. If that’s the case – you’re no stranger to owning hunting dogs. There’s no surprise about the amount of work it takes to train and keep up with the pups. From the moment you purchase the dog, there’s a ticking time bomb. Either you decide to send your new puppy off to training for 6-8 weeks or train them yourself. 

Also, if you’re still looking at what type of breed is best for you – check out this blog. We broke down the best hunting dog breeds. You might find it useful when trying to narrow down your search. 

Essentials

First, let’s discuss the typical supplies you need to grab prior to picking up your new pup. Some of these are obvious, but we’re still going to include them on the slight chance that someone uses this as a checklist when purchasing their dog. 

Food: As obvious as it may be, it can be hard to pick the right dog food for your new dog. There’s many brands on the shelf with many hidden issues beyond the kibble. We recommend doing some pretty extensive research before deciding on a brand. Plus, you might find that you have to try a few options before settling on one that your dog enjoys. It’s always good to have back-up options. 

Puppy Pads: While you’re still potty training, you’ll find that puppy pads are a life and time saver. Especially if you’re going to be leaving your pup for a little bit, we find it helpful to place them down where we section off the dog. 

Collar/Leash/I.D Tag:

We’re combining these as they all go hand-in-hand. It’s important that you have an I.D. tag (or microchip) on your dog in the chance that they run off or get stolen. Showcasing your phone number and address will help someone easily find you if they do stumble off. 

Crate: 

The size of the crate matters – really! This is another thing that we recommend you do a quick Google sweep over. You don’t want to choose a crate that’s too big for your pup. On the other hand, one too small could lead to another number of issues. 

Toys: 

Don’t forget the toys. However, skip the ones with the overly annoying squeakers. We find that our pups love the kong balls when we fill them with peanut butter for a quick treat. We recommend snagging some fetching toys to throw with your dog. When getting them into the routine of fetching your birds, start with a toy. There are also specific toys you can get for hunting, so make sure you check those out as well. 

Shampoo and Grooming Tools:

If you’re planning on finding a good groomer – we still recommend having basic grooming tools in your home. Dog-friendly shampoo, comb, nail chippers, etc. If you’re bathing your puppy at home, use a shampoo that’s designed for dogs specifically. Never use human shampoo on your puppy. 

Veterinarian:

Make sure that you’ve secured a vet local to you. Do your research, visit the office if needed. Making sure you have a good vet is very essential. Believe it or not – some vets aren’t in the business for the right reason. You want to find a trustworthy, good clean doctor and office. 

Training

Deciding where to send your new dog off for training is a difficult task. But, one that some hunters make before even purchasing/deciding on a dog. You might even send the dog off to multiple training sessions for different specialties. Some dog owners only need their pup to have basic obedience. However, as avid outdoorsmen, we need our dogs to alert, gather, catch, and more. 

Investment

As you’re reading through this blog, you might be thinking “cha-ching, cha-ching.” And you’d be correct about that. Having a hunting dog is no small investment. We recommend looking at all the costs associated with purchasing/adopting a puppy so there are no surprises. Researching the breed and some triggers (kids, loud noises, etc.) will be beneficial when conducting your research. The more dogs we can keep out of shelters, the better. Make sure that you’re fully prepared before making this huge life change. 

Also, consider the life changes that come with a new dog as well. When they’re puppies, you  have to be available nearly around the clock to help train them. Then, you have to make sure they get proper care and exercise daily. If you have kids, you likely have a packed schedule and a family pup can get lost in the mix. That’s just something to think about when adding a new member to your family. 

CBD for Dogs

Another aspect that you should look into when purchasing or owning a dog is CBD! That’s right – you can give your puppy some CBD (if the veterinarian says it’s ok) to promote calmness and rejuvenate muscles. Our beef flavored CBD Dog Treats are formulated with water-soluble CBD powder and other premium ingredients, providing superior results in a tasty, dog-approved chew. 

Some dogs can suffer from emotional distress during separation or other causes. Plus, it could also damage a lot of your furniture. You can help support your dog’s well-being with our Revital Outdoors CBD Dog Chews. Like humans, dogs also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Therefore, CBD may help your pet maintain overall wellness.

In Conclusion,

There are many aspects that go into preparation before and maintenance after purchasing a new family member. It can be a daunting task. However, one that can really pay off. Hopefully, you were able to find this blog useful if you’re taking that step in life currently. If you have any tips, please leave them in a comment below. We’d love to hear your opinion and take your advice. 

If you’re wondering how CBD can help your pup, feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to talk about how Revital Outdoors CBD Dog Chews can help. 

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