Lessons Learned from Years with Dogs

Important Tips for First Time Dog Owners

Adopting a dog, or a pet of any kind, is a serious responsibility that you have to fulfill for years to come. Among the available choice of pets, dogs are by far the most popular; 40% of Americans adopt dogs. Being part of a co-evolutionary cycle, certain dog breeds have gradually evolved physical traits and personalities that people love. Before actually opening the doors of your home to new pets, there are certain things to consider.

As first time dog owners, you’ll learn a lot during the actual caring of the pet but here are three of the most crucial points to look into.

1. Supervise their Eating

First time dog owners are incredibly excited about having the dog in their house and no one could blame them; these fun and furry friends are happily go with their owners everywhere. Dogs are not just there as toys or something cute to look at, they have needs that you as the owner should provide. Dogs are prone to a lot of unwanted digestive issues, especially if they eat the wrong kind of food. 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. Energetic dogs under hot weather are likely to be dehydrated, especially when they’re not familiar with the new home and are still clueless about where to access water.

2. Discipline

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 not putting the dog through discipline courses, you automatically become their teacher. New dogs and puppies have to be trained to walk on leashes first and once they’re used to it, pay attention to their pace and speed.

3. Keep them Social

By nature, dogs and people are social creatures, thus both get along so well. As long as a dog is given enough chances to socialize early in your ownership or at a young stage in their lives, they become sociable with other animals. Dogs that outright snap at people who just happen to pass by are likely left undisciplined by their owners or have little to no interaction with other dogs. Dogs that run in packs are more aware of what real danger looks like and thus behave better than dogs who don’t.