If you’re a new dog owner, you need a bit of training yourself. Here are 5 great tips to become the best dog parent you can be.
Do you want a new dog for yourself or are surprising your kids with a doggy Christmas present?
There’s no better feeling in the world than taking home a new dog. You love seeing your dog happy in their new home, away from the shelter and settling in their forever home.
You have a new best friend and are excited for the memories you two will make.
But dog ownership is intimidating for new dog owners. Dogs are a lot of work; experienced dog owners are used to the care, but new dog owners don’t know what to expect.
Providing the right care will ensure your dog is happy for years to come.
If you’re a new dog owner, here are 5 tips for raising your new dog.
1. Secure Your Home
Think of dogs like they’re your children. Sure, dogs aren’t actually human children. But you need to take the same level of caution around dogs as you would for a human child.
Choking hazards are just as detrimental for dogs as they are for children. If a dog doesn’t know what something is, they will start chewing on it.
Even though you can leave a dog alone, this doesn’t mean the dog will be fine on its own. Invest in a cage, crate, or a security gate just to be on the safe side.
2. Buy the Supplies First
Before you take your dog home, make sure you have all necessary doggy supplies. This includes:
- A collar or harness
- Doggy bed
- Grooming supplies
- Cage or crate
- Food and water dishes
This way, you don’t have to run to the pet store.
3. Create a Schedule
Even though dogs don’t look at a clock like humans, they have a biological clock they rely on. That’s why creating a schedule is essential for doggy care. A schedule also helps you know their walking and feeding times.
A schedule is also beneficial if more than one person in your household is caring for the dog, such as your spouse and your children.
4. Buy the Best Dog Food
It’s easy to want to buy the cheapest dog food and save money. But your dog deserves high-quality dog food. Would you feed your children fast food every day? Of course not. Your dog deserves the same healthy diet as a human.
Before heading to the store, research dog food and read reviews such as Freshpet reviews.
5. Choose Your Vet Wisely
Dogs need to visit the vet regularly. They require shots, flea and tick prevention, and other care to ensure they’re healthy. The best vet will ensure your dog is healthy and happy.
Unless the shelter says they recently visited the vet, take your dog into the vet shortly after you adopt it.
Be a Proud New Dog Owner
As a new dog owner, taking on the responsibility of a dog is rewarding but can be difficult. You know your dog needs food and needs to be walked. But there’s little-known information about dog ownership you may not know.
Use these tips and be the best dog parent!
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