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Important Tips for First Time Dog Owners

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. Around 40% of Americans have dogs in their households; dogs are the top choice of pets by animal lovers. As part of a co-evolutionary cycle, dogs have adjusted and evolved to acquire certain physical traits and personalities that people love. First time dog owners have a lot to learn and know before they actually take the pet home.

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. 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. Without knowing it, you might feed these dogs with the wrong kind of food that will cause uncomfortable digestive issues. 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. Besides their food, make sure that your pet drinks enough water, if not then it’s time to modify their diet; either you add more wet food into their diet or you pour water into their bowl of dry dog food. 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. Disciplining the Dog

Even though we want the dogs to freely run around the property and have fun, implementing some kind of structure is remains crucial. 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. Keep them Social

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. The mean looking dogs that snap and bark at any casual passersby are likely undisciplined and don’t spend time with other dogs. Dogs that spend time with other dogs are more aware of what actual threats look like and thus behave a lot better than dogs who don’t.