Dogs are more than just pets. They are companions. They are man’s best friend and have been that way for centuries. Needless to say, the love and companionship they so freely bestow on us is not at all deserved, but they do it anyway. Which means that it is also important we do our part. Just like any other relationship, it is a two-way street. If you are someone who has had many dogs yourself, then you are probably well-versed about what needs to be done, but first-time dog owners may often feel like first-time parents; worried and anxious. So here are a few tips to help you enjoy life with your new pooch with less anxiety.
Research Your Breed
Regardless of whether you adopted your dog or bought it (always adopt by the way if possible!), if your dog is a specific type of breed, then you must do your research. Sure, you may know a few things about it, but you may not know everything you should. Instead of being too cocky, take a step back, hop online and see if there is any information you can find that can help you. From grooming tips to dietary tips and behavioural problems as well as how to address them, you will find a wealth of stuff out there.
Train Your Puppy
It is most likely that you would be getting a puppy, which makes more sense than getting adult dogs because they can be trained easily. On that note, let us talk about training your puppy. This is just as important as everything else, and though you may be able to teach it some tricks and rules, getting it to obey and remember is another thing altogether. Also, different dogs have different temperaments, which may require special handling. It depends from canine to canine. So while looking up dog beds online, look up dog training options too.
Just like humans, animals too need medical attention and the same goes for dogs. Naturally, it is up to you to ensure they are well taken care of. Whilst there are pathetic excuses for human beings who neglect their pooches subjecting them to a very painful existence, most are not like that. Your dog cannot tell you how it is feeling, you should be sharp and attentive enough to understand. Keep a watchful eye on your dog, monitor their meal times, how much they eat, and of course any health ailments from birth if any. Regular vet check-ups are mandatory.
Your dog needs exercise, and what is more you can get yours in too by simply running about with it! In fact, one of the key benefits of owning a dog (aside from all that overflowing love and joy), is that you get to improve your physical well-being. Run, play fetch, teach it some new tricks, or in general just explore. Some dogs need more exercise than others so do bear that in mind, and also remember to ensure you do not push your dog too much if it is injured or rehabilitating for instance.