New Dog Parent? 15 Things You Need to Know!

Before welcoming a dog into your home and heart, chances are, much like an expecting parent, you daydream about what having a dog in your life will be like. Visions of long walks, training your dog to do all sorts of cool tricks, and coming home to a warm and wonderful greeting every night will fill your head. Dream on.

No doubt, having a dog is going to be a fulfilling and awesome experience, but there are a few things that you might not know about being a dog’s pet parent.

1. Your Dog Will Introduce You to New Flavors

Though, they may not actually be to your taste. Your new buddy may have a craving for things that just aren’t up your alley, but may be found in an alley, like old banana peels, old tissues and other dog’s poo.

2. Your Dog Will Make You Feel Things You Have Never Felt Before

And what you are feeling won’t always necessarily be an outpouring of overwhelming love and pride (though you will definitely experience those feelings as well). What you’ll be feeling is your fingers reaching into your dog’s mouth to pull out that old banana peel, a used tissue or another dog’s poo.

Brookside Barkery3. Your Dog Will Take You on Long Walks

Sometimes at midnight, 3AM or during the season finale of your favorite TV show. When nature calls or your dog has an upset stomach after eating a yummy something that you just couldn’t fish out of his mouth, it may lead to an upset stomach. Thus, you will take a long walk with your pooch during hours that may not be convenient. Enjoy the scenery. Look at the stars. Give your friend a little privacy and consider what a bonding experience this really is.

4. Your Dog Will Take You to Uncharted Territory

There will come a day when you take your dog for a long off-leash walk and she may decide that the path you are on is not quite what she had in mind; so she’ll run in a different direction. Fast. And, a direction you probably aren’t familiar with. Hopefully, you have on track shoes, because your walk just turned into a run.

5. Your Dog Will Teach You About Proper Behavior & Training

As a new parent you will more than likely engage in some sort of training class so your dog is well behaved and a well mannered member of society. Don’t be fooled. Your behavior and training efforts are training you in addition to your dog. Moreover, once your dog finds what a quick study you are, the training will really begin. When to distribute treats. When to play ball. When to take him on a walk.

6. Your Dog Will Introduce You to New Scents

“What is that smell?” you’ll ask yourself. More than likely the smell is coming from your dog or was brought into your freshly scented home by your dog. Smells are one of the things you and your dog will have to learn to agree to disagree on, because what makes you go “Yuck” makes your dog go “Yum”.

7. Your Dog Will Teach You a New LanguageBrookside Barkery

Once your dog comes into your home you will learn a new language. A language that is somewhere between baby talk and a free flowing stream-of-conscience that only you and your pup understand. The language will be your own and has absolutely nothing to do with the series of commands that you will teach your dog (and that your dog will sometimes obey).

8. Your Dog Will Teach You the True Meanings of Words

You may think that “fetch” means retrieve that ball I just threw. You may think that “come” means move from where you are sitting toward me. Your dog considers these command words as mere suggestions. Fetch, in actuality sometimes means “Let me chase you,” and come, depending on the instance, may in actuality mean “Sit frozen in place and stare at me.”

9. Your Dog Will Believe in Free Love

At one time or another, your dog may take a shining to another dog and decide that the nasty deed must be done then and there. No romantic overtures, no subtle moves. Usually your dog’s amorous intentions will take hold exactly when you don’t want them to, like when your in-laws are visiting for the first time or you’re chatting up your latest crush outside your apartment building.

10.Your Dog Will Organize Your Schedule

Dogs are creatures of habit. On Saturday morning after a long week of work and a Friday happy hour with friends you may want to sleep in and catch a few Zs. Think again. Your pup may have a different thought on this particular plan. Mostly, because sleeping in is not what your dog usually does. Sleeping in is for cats.

11. Your Dog Will Always Be Ready with a KissBrookside Barkery

Even when you have the worst morning breath ever your dog is there to give you a little smooch and share the love. Remember, what smells offensive to dainty human noses is pure bliss to a canine’s nose. Even better, your dog is completely unaware of her own offensive breath and expects a big kiss on the smacker right back. Muwah!

12. Your Dog Will Always Be Ready to Listen (or Pretend to Listen)

When no one else wants to listen about your bad day, porcelain cherub collection (all 317 of them), or about that time you met a D list celebrity at the convenience store, your dog is absolutely enthralled with every detail. What? You don’t collect porcelain cherubs?

13. Your Dog Will Provide You with Great Excuses

“I have to go take the dog for a walk.” “My dog needs to be fed.” Come on. Admit it. Chances are you have heard these reasons from your pet parenting friends for leaving your party. Well, now as a new dog owner you too can use your dog as an excuse to leave a party or to get off the phone when your chatty best friend is going on about her porcelain cherub collection. The tail wags both ways.

14. Your Dog Will Keep All Your Secrets

You never have to say to your dog, “Don’t tell anyone,” because you know all your deepest darkest secrets are safe and sound between those adorable and cute fluffy ears. Even better, your dog does not care what your secrets may be, unless, of course, you are hiding a secret stash of treats or the cat’s litter box.

15. Your Dog Will Define the Word Unconditional

Your dog will love you unconditionally. No matter your mood, no matter how you look, no matter how corny your jokes. Your dog thinks you are the most awesome person in the universe. No one compares to you and no one ever will. As your dog’s bestie, you will try to match your dog’s unconditional love, and you may succeed sometimes, but don’t worry if you occasionally fall short. After all, you are only human.


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*Thank you to Pet 360 for these tips.

Am I Ready for a Dog?

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A tremendous amount of love for dogs is not enough to indicate one is ready for dog ownership. Ask yourself, do I have the time to take on a dog, or another dog, if this is not your first dog? Do you have time for daily walks, playing, training, feeding, cleaning up after and so forth? To properly look after a dog requires a considerable amount of time. Do you have the patience for a dog? This can be even more relevant if you are considering adopting a puppy. Dogs don’t instinctively understand what you say, where their food is, or what ‘pee outside’ means. They can, if taught and worked with regularly, but initially, patience is essential. Next, do you have the money to care for a pet? A dog costs much more than the initial adoption fee. There are vaccines, the price of spaying or neutering, annual appointments and vaccines, food, beds, toys, and medical bills when they get sick or injured. The value dogs add to our life will almost always exceed their cost, but it’s important to remember all of the expenses involved.

So you’re ready…what kind of dog should you get?

After you’ve determined that you have the time, patience, money and will to adopt a dog, then comes the task of determining which one is best for you. This should be a serious consideration and deserves a lot of thought. Evaluate your lifestyle to start determining which dog may be best for you. Are you active and want a companion for that? Are you neat and need a dog to match? Do you have a small apartment or a large house and yard? Are there multiple people in your home or do you have children? After these questions, and others, have been asked and addressed, I recommend making a list of attributes you’d like to see in a dog that also coincide with your lifestyle. Things to consider include size, energy level, grooming needs, trainability and temperament. Once you have your lists, visit your local shelter or rescue, or even consider speaking with the staff at Brookside Barkery about which breed of dog would be best for you; or perhaps, what type of dog would you be the best human for.

So you want to be a responsible dog owner…

As I alluded to before, responsible dog ownership entails a myriad of obligations. Not the least of which are the responsibilities you have to your dog. Most of these are centered on providing a safe, caring and healthy environment. This starts with establishing a relationship with your veterinarian. He or she and their staff will help determine which vaccinations your dog may need and get them started out on a healthy life. Other things to discuss with your veterinarian include spaying or neutering your dog, microchipping your dog, heartworm testing and prevention, flea and tick prevention and an appropriate and nutritious diet for all life stages. As dog owners, we are also responsible for providing opportunity for exercise, enrichment and socialization. Speak with your veterinarian about what exercise is best for your dog and find out about dog parks, classes and events in your community, your dog will thank you for it.

We also have responsibility to others…

Once you become comfortable caring for and being around dogs, it’s easy to forget about what you didn’t know about before. Caring for a dog means being responsible for their actions. The biggest thing is keeping your dog on a leash or ensuring well maintained fencing for your yard. Even the sweetest dogs can misbehave when off leash; or they can become scared and run away or bite someone. Some dogs make a lot of noise, and some people don’t like that. If you have a dog who can’t keep his voice down, please consider your neighbors and keep him quiet or inside when appropriate. Lastly, is waste control. It’s gross, but we all have the responsibility to clean up after our pets; especially in other people’s yards, parks or public places.

barkery leashes Enjoy your new dog…

I love dogs, and I love my dog. If caring for a dog fits with your lifestyle, I’m sure you’ll love your dog too. Please consider all of the responsibilities of caring for a dog. The responsibility to yourself, the dog and to others. You’ll have a lot to get in order to bring your new pup into a healthy, safe environment! Brookside Barkery has everything you’ll need from beds, food, collars and leashes!




Thank you to KC Metro Pet Mag for the great article!

Adopting a new pet? Here’s What You Need to Know

Animal shelters and rescue groups are always in need of people to adopt the pets they house but did you know these places get even more crowded around the holiday’s and winter months? Holiday parties, family coming to visit, neighbors dropping by to give you Christmas cookies and even the cold weather are all things that lead to pet neglect. It is a lot easier for a pet to slip out the front door or jump over the fence unnoticed with all of the holiday commotion. This means shelters and rescue groups are full to the brim with pets that need kind, loving homes for the holiday’s. It’s the perfect time to get little Billy the dog he’s always wanted, just stop by your local shelter and pick one up! First time dog owner? There is a lot to know before you adopt a new dog. This article from lets you know what to expect!

In order to protect the dog and to put his or her best interests first, credible rescue groups and shelters will carefully screen the applicant. The last thing anyone wants is for a homeless dog to be brought back to the rescue or shelter. Here’s what to expect during the adoption process.

Expect an Application Process

In order to provide the best match for the dog in need, some potential dog adoption application questions may include:

– Do you own or rent your home?

– Describe your/your family’s lifestyle and why you want to add a new dog to the family.

– Do you have other pets at present?

– What is your experience with dogs?

– Why specifically do you want this dog?

– What would you do if this dog required medical attention and potentially expensive surgery?

– Describe your home and yard.

– Are there children in your home? How many and what are their ages?

Entering Your Home

The purpose of a home visit is to verify your address and make sure the home is a safe and secure environment. Rescue representatives might point out some dog dangers like exposed trash cans or a gap in a fence. The visit is not meant to be judgmental or to spy on potential adopters. Understandably, the rescue group wants both potential adopter and dog to find the best match possible.

Why So Many Questions

Many pets end up being returned to a shelter due to a misunderstanding, lack of patience, or a feeling of being overwhelmed. Some people are not ready to invest the time, money, and resources necessary to raise a dog. Sometimes, pets and families are not a good match. In order to prevent these upsetting situations, careful screening is pivotal for success. Though the questions are thorough and plentiful, they are meant to create the best match possible between parent and pet.


Most rescue groups and shelters charge a fee to adopt a pet. Fees collected from the adoption are generally used for costs incurred to help get the animal a forever home. Dogs will need veterinary care, spaying/neutering, possible medical treatment depending on their situation, along with food and costs to maintain the shelter or kennel.

Right of Refusal

Refusal of adoption may occur if the group or rescue feels the fit is not right. Most groups will explain why the adoption is not a fit. You can work with the group to see if there is anything that can be done to change the situation; i.e. get a fence for the yard. If not, then perhaps a dog is not right for you at this time.

Spay and Neuter

I’ve yet to work with a rescue or learn of a shelter that allows a dog to go into a new home without being spayed or neutered first. Many rescues will also insist on microchipping a dog before release to their new home.

Puppies Vs .Older Dog

Last but not least, the most important question of all is: What type of dog do you want in your life? Are you ready to deal with the trials and tribulations of a new puppy or would you prefer an adult dog? For some, a golden oldie who is settled in his or her ways and needs a loving pet parent may sound right to you. Ask yourself what is best for your own lifestyle and if you have the means, money, patience, time and commitment available to bring a dog into your life.

Once you’ve found the perfect new pet for your home stop on by the Barkery for all your pet needs! We’ve got it all; food, toys, beds, treats, collars and more! Don’t forget to give you pet a fresh new do for the holiday’s, our groomers will get your new pooch in tip top shape!