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So I'm planning to bring a new member to our family but I'm not sure what are the precaution should I take what are the food I should give him how often should I take him for a walk?
 

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Experiment. I could tell you what I feed (PMR) my 3 dogs, how often I walk them (as much as I have time for) and how I keep mine safe (crate training) but every person and dog is different

Do you have a fenced yard? Do you plan on visiting dog parks? (I advise against them)
 

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So I'm planning to bring a new member to our family but I'm not sure what are the precaution should I take what are the food I should give him how often should I take him for a walk?
Without knowing what kind of dog and how big and so on, these questions are only answerable in a very vague way that will not really help you.

some dogs require a great deal of exercise and activity or they will not be happy or healthy and should have a minimum of two hour long walks and/or play sessions a day. Other dogs are couch potatoes, and only need a nice saunter morning and evening or even just once a day and time outside to do their business as well These traits run in breeds and also in individuals, whether mixed breed or purebred.

The best thing is to take into consideration all the factors of your life, such as:
how much time every day do you want to spend with the dog doing active dog things?
How does your income stack up against the food quantity requirements of a small dog vs a large one?
Are you a very active person who wants a running or hiking companion, or just a dog to hang out with you?
And so on. And then, choose a dog who fits your lifestyle and needs the best.

Once you have the size and type figured out then much better advice can be given on your questions.
 

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Yea like the other people on here it really depends on the breed. I will give you my insight though. I have two dogs a hound mix that is around 70 pounds and a shih tzu mix that is only 10 pounds. The hound eats about 4 cups a day. Shih tzu mix I can free feed him meaning that I always leave dog food for him. Most people are against this but with mine its not an issue as he doesn't over eat and maintains a healthy weight. He prob only eats less than a cup of food a day if I had to guess. with both dogs I take them for about a hour to two hours of walking per day depending on the weather. 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes in the afternoon and another 30 to an hour in the evening. In addition to this I prob spend 30 minutes in the backyard with my hound mix and another 15-30 minutes inside playing tug of war or training him. With this being said my hound needs a lot of attention as his breed is meant for hunting and working with humans so If I don't spend this much time with him he will prob get destructive habits like eating shoes ect. My smaller dog I can leave him inside with no issues for 10 hours if I really wanted to. If you have a lot of time on your hands and think you can handle a bigger dog than go get one. If you work 8 hours a day away from home a smaller dog might be better. If your life is crazy and you are barely home I would not get a dog at all. Ideally a dog shouldn't be left home alone for more than 5 hours.

but....before you get a dog it is a lot of work. I didn't really start to appreciate dogs till I got my hound and saw how smart dogs can be and how they interact with humans. some people make the mistake thinking that owning a dog is easy and they return it because they think the dog is the issue when its a lack of training the dog has received.
 

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but....before you get a dog it is a lot of work. I didn't really start to appreciate dogs till I got my hound and saw how smart dogs can be and how they interact with humans. some people make the mistake thinking that owning a dog is easy and they return it because they think the dog is the issue when its a lack of training the dog has received.
Absolutely this.

I suggest this to a lot of people in the OP's situation.

For the next month, act like you have an adult dog. Get up an hour earlier than normal, take an hour long walk. Do the same in the evening after work - and come straight home from work; no shopping, gym, socialising (which should be easier than normal right now, but be aware this will be the new normal). Do this every day, without fail, regardless of the weather.

Be aware that it is Spring, with longer light and warmer temperatures, and remind yourself every morning that for several months of the year you will be doing it in the cold and dark.

Also put away what you think a dog will cost for food, insurance, vet bill excesses, toys etc, then add 10% because we always underestimate these things.

That will give you a good insight into some of the commitment you will need to make.
 

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I can't answer your question, but one thing I've noticed as the weather warms up is my black pup gets very warm in hot weather. Right now is ok, I bring water and wet him down, but later it will be so humid and hot, we'll only be able to go in early morning or evening after the sun goes down.

Much easier to go for a long walk/jog in the winter. In the summer, he is more sniffing and we visit the parks (not dog patks), just to walk and sniff around, see other people ect.

Just something to consider for your time and schedule.
 
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