Getting To Know Your Dog is essential in creating that all important bond.
You should have begun getting to know your dog even before you selected that breed, at least I hope you did, otherwise you could be in for all kinds of problems.
Many of you may have had a dog when you were young, or you may have one now. However if you are considering getting a dog for the first time, this really applies to you!
This article contains some basic advice, which may help you in getting to know your puppy and to begin to acclimatise him. It will also help you care for your dog and to help to train him in the basic commands like sit from the outset.
Since dogs can’t talk, it’s crucial that you pay attention to their non-verbal language. If you notice your dog is hesitant to meet a particular person or dog, then don’t force it. That could lead to another person being bitten or your dog getting hurt. You need to watch out for the tell tale signs but above all be patient.
You also need to pay attention to the seasons and with that Fleas and Ticks, just as you need to have your vet provide your dog with his shots and boosters each year you also need to give your dog and your property some protection from Fleas and Ticks. This applies especially in the warmer months when your dog is likely to go off into long grass or woodlands where Ticks are most likely to be around. Fleas too can be active for the full year so your dog needs protection, as do you because the fleas can jump to another family member as well as carpets etc, which no one wants.
However be alert to the fact that some treatments use ingredients that are very unsafe for kids, including an ingredient that has been linked to cancer. So if in doubt, talk to your vet about safer options, especially when there are kids around.
Also talk to your vet about what you feed your dog. If your puppy is very young, it might not be ready to consume specific brands, and
feeding them to your pup can result in sickness. Err on the side of caution when feeding food to your dog. Begin on food specifically designed for your pups age and don’t assume that what you give any other dogs within your household that it will be okay for the pup, his body may not yet be ready to digest such food.
Ask your vet the amount of food your dog needs daily. Many people simply look at the guidelines on the packaging but the problem with this is that some of the recommendations could be inaccurate and too general and not breed specific. This could cause your dog to increase or decrease in weight. When you talk to your vet you will often be surprised what they have to say about many of the brands that you see in the superstores.
If your dog is well behaved, be sure to praise it and if you have begun to train it give it treats when it does as you ask. You need your dog to know when you are pleased with their behaviour and once they know that they will try to please you even more because they want to fit in with your pack and as such they need to please you. Your dog will eventually recognise from your voice and body language when you are pleased or displeased with their actions, so try to keep your commands simple and straightforward but most of the same. Its not surprising that if you use different instructions to your dog he will never understand what it is you are asking him for.
Exercise is essential to a young puppy’s well being and development they
are just like your kids so please get them out of the house and into the countryside. Dogs need this physical activity every day to ensure they are physically and mentally fit plus it helps to prevent them from getting bored and chewing things. However before you venture out after the mandatory 12 weeks ensure that he has been chipped and registered and that he has a collar with your contact details clearly showing, then if the worst happens and he is found it increases the chances that you will get him back safely.
I know many of you may be afraid that their young puppy will not come back or get lost or even run in front of a passing vehicle. But using a combination of common sense, some training treats and picking out a quiet secluded and fenced in area to begin with go from using an expanding lead so you are giving your puppy some freedom yet you retain that important control.
But most pups only run off to chase something or they get scared which is why it’s so important to pick a secure area. So just go for a simple walk to begin with on a short lead to begin with and this will give you an idea what they may be like. They will have to get used to all manor of things such as other dogs, humans cars and lorries which can be quite scary to a small puppy to begin with, but this acclimatisation is essential to developing a well behaved dog that doesn’t get spooked too much. Once you have gone through a few initial walks you can try letting your puppy off the lead in the secure area, just make sure you give him a treat to begin with then put them away and keep calling him back giving him a treat each time he does so correctly. Don’t expect too much at this early stage but try to get him to sit down in front of you to receive his treats or when you want to fit his lead again. If you are in a limited space try throwing a ball or a toy for him to chase and return to you, he may not get the idea but he will and this way you can get him running around even if you are not. The more time you spend playing and training with your puppy you will find that the two of you will bond much quicker
When it comes down to medical requirements for your dog, you should make yourself aware of anything that may be specific to that breed, some of these may appear in older dogs, conditions such as hip dysplasia affects certain breeds such as German Shepherds and affects their legs and hips, there are a few other with the same problem, but other breeds can have skin or stomach issues and need a special diet. You can read up on this ideally before you even pick out a new pup but your vet can also help you with this so ask him at your initial check-ups. He may be able to give you advice on how to lessen any occurrences or prevent the problem from appearing altogether.