Owning a dog will change your life. You will experience love and affection you never knew was possible. You will also have a lot of hurdles to overcome.
Owning a dog will change your life. You will experience love and affection you never knew was possible. You will also have many hurdles to overcome – holidays become a lot more difficult to plan, and you will now be responsible for managing your dog’s behaviour and health, which can come with challenges. With that in mind, read on to discover some useful tips for first-time mini puppies and dog owners.
Make sure your dog gets to socialise
Imagine how your life would be if you never got to socialise 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.
Many dog owners 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. There are some great sites online with lots of useful information on this, and you can also find preventative care plans that will help you get started.
Find a pet store you can rely on
You can also find great products and advisors at pet stores who can help. It can make a big difference when you know you have a pet store that you can turn to for all of your needs and requirements.
This is one of the most important rules for all new dog owners. It would be best if you were consistent. If you send mixed messages, your dog will only get confused, and this is how bad behaviour arises because they are unsure what they should and should not be doing. Once you set rules for your dog, make sure you follow them.
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 you exercise it, walked, and fed, and by whom. It would be best if you decided on this early on to stick to the same rules throughout.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for owing your first dog. While there may be several 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.
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