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. If we take into account the fact that over 40% of Americans own dogs, they are the preferred choice of pets. 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.
Before officially becoming a dog owner, here are the top three things to consider.
1. Keep an Eye on 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. 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. 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. Disciplining the Dog
On one hand, you want the dog to run around freely and enjoy, but on the other it’s also important to give some kind of structure for them to follow. By opting out professional discipline courses for the dog, you have to step in as the teacher. Puppies have to be first trained on a leash and when they get the general feel of it, adjust their speed and pacing when taking them out for a walk.
3. Teach them to be Sociable
By nature, dogs and people are social creatures, thus both get along so well. A dog that was given enough opportunities to socialize with other animals or with humans when it was a puppy or early in the pet ownership will enjoy the company of others. 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 around and mingle with other dogs get a feel of what actual threats look like and thus behave better than dogs who aren’t exposed.