Yearly physicals help you and yearly vet checks help your dog. Your dog will not be able to express its concerns, so make sure that you get it a checkup periodically. You need to go to the vet every year to get a check up.
Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to command the dog and stick to it. Dogs can become confused if the same words are not used to give them directions. The dog will see "get over here" and "come" as two different commands.
Never bring your dog with you while flying during the hot summer months, unless the airline provides a climate-controlled cabin for him. Most of the major carriers use the same area for pets as they do for cargo, meaning your dog will have to endure some pretty high temperatures as you travel to your destination, jeopardizing his safety.
If you have medications at home, ensure that it is safely hidden away and out of the reach of your dog. Taking just a few such pills can have devastating consequences for a dog. If your dog eats your medication, see a vet right away.