Crucial Tips for People Looking to Adopt Dogs for the First Time
If you decide to get a dog, or any pet for that matter, keep in mind that it’s a huge responsibility, one that lasts for the duration of the pet’s life. Among the available choice of pets, dogs are by far the most popular; 40% of Americans adopt dogs. 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. First time dog owners have a lot to learn and know before they actually take the pet home.
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
When you haven’t really had a dog in the household before, you might be too excited about a furry little companion to go with you. 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. Apart from grapes, garlic, wine, avocado and oils, owners should avoid giving their dogs junk food that people just eat for fun. If the dog doesn’t drink enough water, you either add more wet food into their dry food or pour some water into their bowl of dry food. Dogs are usually energetic, accompany that enthusiasm with hot weather and you get a dehydrated dog; it’s more challenging for the dog if it doesn’t know the setup of the new home, still clueless where to get water.
2. Proper Disciplining
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. When you choose not to enroll them under professional discipline courses, then you have to be their teacher at home. New dogs, especially puppies should first be trained on how to walk with a leash and once they get used to wearing it then the owner can begin adjusting it’s pace and speed during walks.
3. Teach them to be Sociable
One of the many reasons why dogs and people get along well is because both are social creatures. 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 snap at just about anyone it sees are not disciplined in an effective way by their owners and have minimal 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.