Have you recently welcomed a dog into your home? If this is your first canine friend, you will understandably be both nervous and excited. Your dog can bring a lot of joy into your life, but as there is so much to think about in caring for this new addition to your household, you may feel overwhelmed. Fear not. Here is some advice you would be barking mad to avoid.
DO register your dog with a vet as soon as possible. If you have bought an older dog, they may already be registered with a vet and have health records. If you are welcoming in a puppy, there are a number of vaccinations your dog needs, so book an appointment as soon as possible. In any case, the vet will give you qualified advice on the care of your dog, so DON’T be worried about asking questions, no matter how dumb you think your questions are. Your vet will become your new best friend.
DO buy the right food for your dog. There are all kinds of brands on your supermarket shelves, but not all of them are appropriate for specific ages and dog breeds. When in doubt, speak to your vet, or simply read the food labels on the packaging. You need to be mindful of your dog’s health, so DON’T overfeed them, either. Dogs are greedy animals, and they will always be after scraps of food and pestering you before mealtimes. Stick to a schedule, and avoid giving them human food as some of it is bad for your dog’s health.
DO train your dog. It takes time and patience to carry out dog training, but it is necessary. Your dog needs to know it’s boundaries in and outside of your home, and he will pick up bad habits if you fail to begin training early. If you are struggling with training, DON’T give up. If your dog doesn’t respond to you at all, consider obedience classes. Some expert advice will benefit both you and your canine companion.
DO be sparing with treats. You know what happens when you eat too much chocolate, so be careful with the amount of treats you give your dog. They should only be used when you are trying to reinforce good behaviour and not as a means to keep them quiet, or because they look at you with puppy dog eyes. Be sure to give them something nutritious too, such as the doggy treats made by Betsy Farms. DON’T give your dog human chocolate or sweets, as they will negatively affect your dog’s health.
DO spend time with your dog. To be honest, you shouldn’t have a dog if you don’t have the time to spend with one. They crave your attention, so to keep your dog happy, you do need to spend time playing and exercising with him. You will soon bond, and he will offer you his love unconditionally when he knows you love him too. While you are your dog’s ultimate plaything, DON’T forget to provide toys and other playful items when you aren’t at home, as your dog will need something to do when you aren’t around.
We hope our advice has been useful. If you have other advice for new dog owners, be sure to let us know. Thanks for reading.