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New York Dog Nanny reminds that adopting a dog is a big commitment, and it takes preparation and time for your new family member to make a smooth transition. But there are so many benefits to bringing a dog into your home. Dogs provide companionship, loyalty, and some studies even suggest that they may actually help you live longer.

But adopting a new dog is not something you can go into blindly. When you bring a dog into your home, there are certain things you need to have to prepare your home, your dog, and yourself. This includes a soft, supportive bed, a collar and ID tag, healthy food, and a reliable phone. Yes, a phone. A smartphone you can rely on will provide easy access to a plethora of information, as well as allow you to take the perfect picture of your new pup any time you want.

Once you’ve got your smartphone locked down, you can get to downloading #alltheapps.

Three Basic Things

Yes, a dog is a big commitment, but it doesn’t require a special degree. Dogs need three simple things – food, exercise, and love. As long as you are able to provide the essentials, you will have no trouble adapting. When it comes to food, the CHEWY app makes all the top brands just a click away. Whether you need kibble, treats, or even a new chew toy, CHEWY has everything in one place.

And while dog ownership isn’t rocket science, it does require a little attention. If you have never owned a dog before, ASPCA notes you may not realize that there are certain foods that are toxic to dogs. Among those foods – avocados, chocolate, and grapes. If you think that your dog may have eaten something he shouldn’t have, the PupTox app can help you figure out what to do next. 

Exercise and Training Tips

Owning a dog can be a great experience, but it does take work. Puppies – and many adult dogs – are full of energy and love to explore. Training can help keep your pup out of trouble. This doesn’t mean that you have to invest in expensive training programs. There are plenty of online apps that can help you learn to control your pup and even teach him new tricks.

iTrainer Dog Whistle & Clicker is a great app that allows you to train your dog with whatever sound works best for them. Does your dog respond to a whistle? A squeaky toy? Or maybe there’s another sound that helps him focus. This app allows you and your pooch to choose the right tools for the job. 

Another essential – Tractive Dog Walk. This app tracks your walks, helping you keep track of your dog’s physical exercise, as well as your own. But it’s more than a fitness app. Tractive Dog Walk allows you to take and share pictures, map your route, and even record your dog’s potty habits. 

Just for You

In addition to helping your dog adjust, consider some apps to help you out too! To organize your dog’s papers and medical information all in place, download the Pawprint app. When planning to travel, BringFido can help you zero in on hotels and restaurants that are pet-friendly. And who says your pet should be the only one getting fit? Fitness apps can help you ramp up your exercise routine beyond dog walking and even help you stay accountable.

Final Housekeeping Items

It might take a little while for your dog to adjust, and this is normal. Remember, however, that sometimes you need more help with training than what an app can provide, and this is where New York Dog Nanny can help. With a five-star approach to dog training, they can teach your pup to become a well-behaved companion.

In addition to training, look for ways to make your homelife more accommodating right now. If your house is a mess, take the time to clean up and organize so you have less to worry about and less for your pup to get into. And whether it’s winter or summer, make a point to have your HVAC inspected or repaired to ensure you both stay comfortable year-round. You can connect with local appliance repair companies to help maintain your system. You can easily connect with local appliance repair services through online review sites.

While it’s not rocket science, dog ownership is a big commitment. It is also one of the biggest joys that you will ever experience. Your new dog’s essentials are food, exercise, and love. While the apps can cover the food and exercise info, you’re sure to figure out the love on your own!

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