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Ask Bondi Vet - What are some tips for first time dog owners?

In every episode of Ask Bondi Vet, Pete Lazer is joined by one of our Bondi Vets, to discuss the answers to your pet questions.

Pete Lazer - Hello and welcome to Ask Bondi Vet, proudly brought to you by Bondi Vet pet insurance, Dr. Danni one of our Bondi Vet’s has joined us today, hi Danni! This is the place you come to, to answer all of your pet questions and today a great question from Christine;

What are some tips for first time dog owners?”

Dr Danni Dusek - My goodness, the first thing I would suggest is heading down to your vet and having a chat to them firstly about your sort of circumstances to make sure that you are going to get a breed that is going to be suited to your lifestyle and you know future events. So if you are going to have children those sorts of things. It’s also a good idea to have a chat about what the realistic expectations of having a puppy or a dog are. So that can help sort out some issues before they arise and also getting your environment setup, so talking about diet, their general environment in the home and those sorts of things so I guess the next thing I would do is to look into pet insurance and whether that’s something that’s going to be right for you.

Pete Lazer - So many dog owners talk about training, puppy training, how important is that?

Dr Danni Dusek - I think if you are talking about puppy school, I think Puppy school is really important cause it’s that opportunity for them to socialize before they are fully vaccinated. So ideally you don’t want you pup to be going out into the world until a week after their second vaccination. So puppy school is that sort of in between time where they can sort of get to know how to interact with other dogs in a safe environment, so that’s another thing that is really important to do.

Pete Lazer - And first time dog owners, where do they find there first little furry friend?

Dr Danni Dusek - I guess there are lots of places where you can get your first little doggie. I would definitely encourage you to consider rescuing a dog of course there are lots of puppies and older dogs out there that are going to be perfect pets for the right home, so look into that. Otherwise if you are going to go with a breeder just make sure that you are going with a reputable breeder and you know what you are buying from.

Pete Lazer - And once you get your new dog home, what are some of the tips that you give to new dog owners?

Dr Danni Dusek - Firstly give them a really big cuddle. No but after you’ve got them home I think it’s a good idea to just have another trip down to the vet, just so they can check over your pup or your dog and just make sure that they are all fighting fit and also make a plan as far as vaccinations that they may need, parasite control, sort of preventative health care, dental hygiene, those sorts of factors they can all be discussed. And they can also give you some tips on how to go about your toilet training and those sorts of things if you are having a bit of a problem at home. So that I would suggest is your next step.

Pete Lazer - Sounds like a lot of work, but sounds like the reward is unbelievable.

Dr Danni Dusek - Oh absolutely! I mean a puppy is just going to bring you the most joy in the world and having a rescue if you do go down that path, there’s just so much fulfilment in providing them a lovely home when they’ve waited all that time for it. So it’s just beautiful, yep.

Pete Lazer - Thanks for some great advice there Danni. Remember if you’ve got any questions get onto the Bondi vet Facebook page, or of course our website, if you have any specific questions of course make sure you ask your vet. Thanks very much for joining us, bye for now.