Owning a dog will change your life. You will experience a love and affection you never knew was possible. You will also have a lot of hurdles to overcome – holidays become a lot more difficult to plan and you will now be responsible for managing your dog’s behavior and health, which can come with challenges. With that in mind, read on to discover some useful tips for first-time dog owners.
Make sure your dog gets to socialize – Imagine how your life would be if you never got to socialize with other people. Dogs need this sort of interaction too. You need to make sure your dog has positive experiences with people and other dogs to ensure that they turn into a friendly pet.
Don’t believe your dog will grow out of a certain habit – A lot of dog owners simply assume that they will grow out of their bad habits, but it is rarely this straightforward, unfortunately. You need to train your dog to act a certain way; you cannot just expect nature to take its course.
Preventative care is a must – To ensure your dog lives a healthy, happy, and long life, preventative care is a must. This means that you ensure your dog leads a healthy lifestyle to prevent issues arising, rather than simply reacting to any problems that come about. Vets Preferred has lots of useful information on this, and you can also find preventative care plans that will help you to get started.
Be consistent – This is one of the most important rules for all new dog owners. You need to be consistent. If you send mixed messages, your dog will only get confused, and this is how bad behavior arises because they are unsure as to what they should and should not be doing. Once you set rules for your dog, make sure you follow them.
Set rules – While we are on the subject of rules, make sure you actually set some. All dogs need to have rules, otherwise, they will run riot. You need to figure out where your dog will sleep if it is allowed to be on the furniture when it is going to be exercised, walked, and fed, and by whom. You need to decide on this early on so you can stick to the same rules throughout.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for owing your first dog. While there may be a number of challenges and hurdles along the way, there is no denying that owning a dog is an incredible experience that will change your life in more ways than one, but overall for the better.