Do you have a new four-legged member in your family? If so, here are 12 dog owner tips that every dog owner should have in mind.
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PUPPY’S NEW PLACE OF LIFE
We cannot insist enough on it. There are literally hundreds of things that could hurt your new companion, such as leftover foods or coins. Here are some ideas for testing the house for your young companion:
- Use child restraints to keep your puppy in a well-defined part of the house. Indeed, it is difficult to protect your entire house for your pet. It is also very likely that you do not want to see your dog in the dining room. So keep your young pet in a limited area of the house through child barriers.
- Remove electrical cables, items on coffee tables, household products, houseplants, and other items that could cause harm or damage your small dog. Your puppy will be curious and will find a way to put your nose in your most expensive business. Take simple precautions and you will avoid future problems and sorrows.
- Watch the room with a dog’s eye to make sure your pet is safe. Everything may look orderly on a human scale, but take the trouble to put yourself in the place of your dog. Get on all fours and you may be surprised at what you observe.
HELP YOUR NEW PUPPY FEEL SAFE IN HIS HOME BY AVOIDING CHANGES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
- Give him the food which can be eaten
- Let him sleep in a crate or box where he feels safe and secure
- He will miss his litter, so use dog toys and possibly a bottle of hot water to simulate the presence of his littermates.
- Make sure your puppy has a chew toy
YOUR NEW PUPPY WILL CRY DURING THE NIGHT. YOU WILL WANT TO COMFORT HIM, DO NOT DO IT
I know how we feel when we listen to this sad complaint from an adorable puppy. For his own good, you must avoid answering him and comforting him when he cries. And also prevent your children from comforting him. I know it’s hard, but do not do it. If you do, you will teach your dog to cry and whim to get what he wants. He will continue to do so for the rest of his life.
FIND A VETERINARIAN FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY:
- Make an appointment for the vaccinations your dog needs. Being up to date on vaccines and checking up is not just good for your dog’s health but also for yours.
- Talk to your veterinarian about feeding, exercising and training your pet. He can give you valuable advice depending on the breed of your animal; the different breeds have indeed different needs.
PLAN A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR NEW PUPPY
Whether your decision to raise a dog was taken on a whim when you walked past the pet shop or decided well in advance, you have now engaged in the education of a Puppy and eventually in the care of a dog. This is a commitment for about 15 years that should not be taken lightly.
REMEMBER, IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START TRAINING YOUR PUPPY!
Even if he only has a few days, do not think that you have to wait until your animal grows to start his training. We strongly recommend the clicker training method for your puppy; this is a very simple method. There are some very useful tips and tricks that puppy owners should know about to start training their dog with the clicker method:
- Teach your dog to respond to the clicker
- Teach his name to your young dog
- Teach your dog to ring a small bell to tell you he has to go out
I congratulate you for acquiring a puppy and I hope these tips will help you to build your relationship with your pet. A new puppy will give you a lot of joy and laughter, but will also cause some changes in your daily life. I hope these tips will help you avoid too much stress and mess, and will help you to have a better relationship with your new puppy.