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. Studies show that dogs are part of a kind of co-evolutionary cycle, which has gradually evolved to feature certain physical traits and personalities that animal lovers prefer. 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. Monitor 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. However, these pets are not only there as toys, you are their owner and the one responsible for taking care of their health and needs. When dogs eat the wrong kind of food, it can result to uncomfortable digestive issues and an unhappy dog. Among the many food that you should never give these dogs are wine, grapes, garlic, oils, avocado and the junk food that humans tend to eat. 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. Since dogs are energetic, they tend to be dehydrated, especially when the weather is hot; an additional challenge for the dog is when they’re just getting used to their surroundings and don’t know where to get water.
2. Disciplining the Dog
Of course we want our dogs to run around with freedom, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t implement some sort of structure. 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. Teach them to be Sociable
One of the many reasons why dogs and people get along well is because both are social creatures. Dogs love to socialize with other animals apart from humans, just as long as they’re exposed at an early age. The mean looking dogs that snap and bark at any casual passersby are likely undisciplined and don’t spend time 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.