Above: Our adorable and sassy long-haired dachshund Django (more pics of him here)
If you’re a new dog owner, you are probably feeling equal parts excited and overwhelmed. After all, the joy of being a dog owner is unparalleled. But it is difficult to get on top of everything that is involved with dog ownership, especially if owning a dog is uncharted territory for you.
To ensure you’re as prepared as possible for this new and exciting responsibility, we’ve highlighted three vital things to keep in mind below. Following them will help ensure you get off to the right start from the get-go.
There are no two ways about it: being a pet parent can be expensive. First of all, there are all of the necessities you need to buy. And then there are all of the extra things you want to treat them to. It can easily add up, particularly in the early days. So we can understand the temptation to try to cut costs by buying the cheapest items possible.
The thing is, while there are indeed some high-quality bargains out there, they’re an exception to the rule. Take leashes and harnesses, for example. Cheaply-made leashes and harnesses won’t usually be made with durability in mind, so they may only last you for a few months before they start falling apart. This means you’ll have to replace them again and again, ultimately spending more in the long run.
The materials used for cheaply-made pet products are also not likely to be very high-quality; they may not even be pet-safe. And let’s not forget about comfort—'fast fashion' dog leashes and harnesses won’t usually be comfortable for your dog to wear or you to use.
Compare this to high-quality, durable, and comfortable dog leashes and harnesses, like the ones we have at DJANGO. Our dog leashes not only look stylish, but they are also designed to last for years to come. They’re lightweight, ergonomic, and are made with only the highest-quality materials including heavy-duty webbing and beautiful solid cast brass hardware.
Our padded and lightweight dog harnesses are likewise made with world-class craftsmanship. They are incredibly comfortable for your dog to wear and are easy for you to put on and take off your pooch.
In short, it pays to buy high quality pet items, especially those you’ll be using on the regular.
If you want to ensure your dog stays in tip-top health, you need to make sure you keep an eye out for anything amiss. The only way to do so is to regularly monitor your dog’s health and keep up with routine vet visits.
While some canine health problems are obvious to identify, others can be more difficult to spot. Early detection and treatment of problems gives your dog the best chance of having a speedy recovery, so vigilance is vital.
Once you learn what to look out for and some quick checks you can perform, you’ll see that monitoring your dog’s health is not difficult at all. And it is well worth making the effort, considering that doing so could save their life!
If you notice anything unusual, it is always a good idea to take your dog to the vet. They’ll be able to examine your dog more carefully and offer their expert opinion about the next steps to take (if any).
You can also submit a question about your dog’s health to the free Ask The Vet online veterinary advice service. Each month, vets will select a handful of questions to answer. If yours is selected, the vet will spell out what the possible problem and solution is, so you can address your dog’s health problem.
Insurance for your dog isn’t exactly the first thing you think of as a new dog owner. However, pet insurance is worthwhile to give proper consideration to given how beneficial it can be for your dog’s health as well as your finances.
Pet insurance is a type of insurance that supports you to address your dog’s health needs. Whether these needs include regular visits to the vet, surgery, or ‘extras’ such as grooming, training, and alternative therapies, the right pet insurance can help ensure your dog is covered for everything they need health-wise.
To better understand why most pet experts recommend dog owners to take out a pet insurance policy, consider the following scenario. Imagine if one day your dog becomes sick or injured. You take them to the vet, who says that they require surgery that will cost thousands of dollars.
If you do not have pet insurance, you will need to pay for the entire cost of their veterinary care, including both the vet visit and the surgery. In contrast, if you have pet insurance, you may be partially or wholly covered for the total bill.
While pet insurance can seem like an unnecessary expense, getting it will mean that you will be able to better manage the financial burden if your dog becomes sick or injured. As they say, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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When Mike and I (Steph) brought Django home, we instantly fell in love with him. He was adventurous, playful, mischievous, and absolutely adorable. Like most dachshunds, he was also notoriously hard to housebreak. Django had a ton of accidents throughout our Brooklyn apartment up until he was 7-8 months old.
Potty training your puppy can be a daunting task if you have never done it before. That is why we sat down with Steffi Trott, the founder of SpiritDog Training in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, for potty training tips. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we also share some of our favorite potty training products that we used with Django and link to other current best sellers and customer favorites.
In 2019, Mike and I (Steph) came across Nom Nom fresh dog food. Now, it is a regular part of our dachshund Django's diet. It's impossible to resist feeding Django Nom Nom when he literally does a little dance every time we open a Nom Nom sleeve and pour it into his dinner bowl.
Do we only feed Django Nom Nom? Nope. We like to feed Django a variety of high quality dog foods—Nom Nom being one of them. Django's most common meal is a mix of high-quality dry dog food with nutrition-dense, freshly made dog food (aka Nom Nom).
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide an honest review and comprehensive overview of Nom Nom. We include pricing estimates for various breeds and a 50% off Nom Nom promo code for your first order. All opinions are our own and based on our own personal experience feeding our sausage dog Django.
Puppies need to be socialized between 3 and 16 weeks old. Socialization is not the same thing as exposure. Simply introducing your pup to new people, animals, objects, and places does not mean he will feel safe around them in the future.
Whether you are social distancing because of COVID-19 or prefer staying at home, you can introduce your dog to people, animals, objects, sounds, smells, and surfaces. We teamed up with Empire of the Dog's founder, Denise Harmon, to come up with more than 100 ways to socialize your puppy at home.