Lessons Learned from Years with Dogs

First Time Dog Owner? Here’s What You Need to Know

When you get a pet, like a dog, it means that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes with it. If we take into account the fact that over 40% of Americans own dogs, they are the preferred choice of pets. Being part of a co-evolutionary cycle, certain dog breeds have gradually evolved physical traits and personalities that people love. Those that are only now adopting a dog has to consider numerous factors before they open their doors for pets.

There’s a lot to learn about the proper care of a dog, most of it you discover along the way but below are the top factors to keep an eye out for.

1. Keep an Eye on their Eating

Those that haven’t actually become dog owners before, you might become a bit too excited with a furry and fun companion to go with you wherever you please. Don’t let their cute appearance and fun personalities distract you from the fact that they also require care and attention that you, as the owner, has to provide. When dogs eat the wrong kind of food, it can result to uncomfortable digestive issues and an unhappy dog. Dogs should never be given grapes, avocado, wine, oils, garlic and all those junk food that people just eat for fun. Another issue is when dogs don’t drink an adequate amount of water; when this happens, you should either add some more water into a bowl of dry food or add wet food in their diet. Dogs are usually energetic, accompany that enthusiasm with hot weather and you get a dehydrated dog; it’s more challenging for the dog if it doesn’t know the setup of the new home, still clueless where to get water.

2. Discipline

Even though we want the dogs to freely run around the property and have fun, implementing some kind of structure is remains crucial. By opting out professional discipline courses for the dog, you have to step in as the teacher. Puppies have to be first trained on a leash and when they get the general feel of it, adjust their speed and pacing when taking them out for a walk.

3. Keep them Social

The fact that dogs and people are social creatures allows them to get along well. Dogs love to socialize with other animals apart from humans, just as long as they’re exposed at an early age. Dogs that snap at just about anyone it sees are not disciplined in an effective way by their owners and have minimal interaction with other dogs. Dogs that run around and mingle with other dogs get a feel of what actual threats look like and thus behave better than dogs who aren’t exposed.