5 Tips about Getting a Dog
January 20, 2015
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, there’s no better time to do it than when you’re living at The Waypointe! Our apartments are pet friendly, and we fully agree with the fact that pets are proven to improve the quality of your life.
But fair warning - a lot of dogs are really cute and loads of fun, but may not be the right fit for you in terms of lifestyle (Have you ever read Marley and Me?). You may think a German Shepherd is just the right dog for you, but if you’re working overtime or need to work from home, think again.
Needless to say, you can’t overestimate the importance of taking these five precautions before inviting your new bff into your home:
Research and Foster First
Certain breeds (see above) become destructive if not given enough exercise and attention. Think carefully through your lifestyle, your work habits, and the amount of time you’re willing to dedicate to animal care. And if you can, see if the shelter (yay cute mutts!) offers a fostering program, so you and Fido can go on a “test run” before you commit to each other. Check out Paws (504 Main Avenue), a nonprofit shelter in Norwalk.
Visit a Good Vet
Once you and your new best friend have committed to each other, it’s very important to find a good vet and stick to them. Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccines, is spayed/neutered (hey, you didn’t want to get six new dogs, did you?), and has a microchip just in case you two get separated. Oh, and if you’d like, get pet insurance. It’s always good to know your little guy or girl is covered! For vets, we recommend Park Animal Hospital (17 Park Street).
Keep Them Clean
You might have the perfect apartment, but you won’t for long if you don’t keep your pet groomed! Unless you have a hypoallergenic breed (which, let’s face it - these are dogs we’re talking about here, they get dirty), you’ll need to regularly brush your dog and trim their nails. Not only can they do some damage to your couch or other textiles, but those long nails can wreak havoc on the door if they’re not trained properly. The Pooch Hotel (230 East Avenue) is a good spot for grooming - and they offer boarding, too.
Invest in Training
We cannot overemphasize the importance of getting a few professional training sessions, especially if this is your first dog. Even if you’re very experienced and have had dogs in the past, every dog is different and you will encounter numerous obstacles on the way to training. Please, for the sake of your neighbors (who enjoys hearing incessant barking while you’re at work?), invest in some dog training. You’ll both be much happier. Try Dog Gone Smart (15 Cross Street). Bonus: they also offer grooming and boarding.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Even the best-trained dogs get a little wild when they’ve been cooped up inside all day. Make it a habit to take your dog out with you every chance you can get! Dog parks; outdoor patios; around Waypointe grounds; find the places your dog can get that energy out, then go home and collapse in your spotless, seemingly pet-free abode at The Waypointe.
If you haven’t yet decided on what Waypointe apartment is right for you and your pup, feel free to give us a call at (866)428-5310. We’re here to discuss your options for a happy and pet-friendly new home!