Simple Advice For Any Budding Dog Owner
Choosing The Right Dog Is Essential For a Happy Life For All Concerned
Okay you may already have a dog at home and think that you know everything their is to know about dog ownership. But you will be shocked at some of the tales I have heard over the years.
However, If you feel satisfied that you know how to go on then obviously this information is not for you, so this short article is for those who have never owned a dog before and wish to do things the right way and get the required knowledge prior to selecting a dog for future ownership. So please do not be offended if some of what I say may seem totally obvious.
So whether or currently have a dog or you’re just at the maybe stage before getting one, you probably know that a lot of effort goes into caring for dogs. It is not something you can simply jump into straight away, I’m hoping that some of what I am going to say will be common sense for many dog owners to be but this article should help you get to grips with owning a dog or bringing a puppy into your home and how to be a responsible dog owner.
First off, read up on the variety of breeds that exist in the canine
world and then consider the size of your ideal breed when fully grown, it will not be too clever to have a massive dog if you are only living in a small flat. Also consider what type of dog you are going to be looking after, after all the dog is going to be in your care, you are going to be responsible for your dogs actions, you cannot expect a dog to look after itself or even allowed to roam the streets while you are out working.
Once you have narrowed down your search and you have picked out a few dogs for your short list, why not make another list of your dog’s requirements and the cost of meeting these requirements month on month, including a contingency fund for any unforeseen occurrences such as Vets bills etc.
I know some people say they will put a little cash away each month but very few people actually get around to doing this so why not consider buying some Pet Insurance?
Basically you need to know that you are able to offer your dog a home for life and to be able to continue looking after your dog throughout his life which could be anywhere from 8 to 17 years depending upon the breed.
Now you need to know where he is going to live within the confines of your home where he will be safe or a purpose built space out in the yard. This largely depends upon the breed and your own circumstances but most people welcome their pets into their homes and make a space for the crate or a proper dogs bedding, you can find a few examples here.
Now you must consider making your house dog proof by making sure that it cannot escape from the yard while you let it out to relieve itself or playing. It would also be wise to keep your new dog, especially if a pup, within a certain area likes a kitchen or utility area especially if it has the kind of floor, which can be mopped easily. If you do you also need to find a way of keeping the new and frightened pup within safe confines by using doors or even a temporary structure like a child’s gate which is adjustable, will not harm the puppy and will not cause damage to the furnishings etc. It is also a good idea to place old newspaper on the floor especially in a place where you would prefer the puppy to go to the toilet. Of course it is better for them to go outside and this will come soon enough but for the first few weeks they will simply go when and where they feel the need. There are absorbent mats that you can buy and lay out where you want them to go, but in my experience they just don’t work. Dogs will learn over time, you must be patient with them and never get cross and show anger towards your puppy, they will be doing their best to please your and fit in with your life.
If you have medication is your home, even if it is just over-the-counter medication, you need to ensure that it is in a safe place and out of the pups reach because like a child they are inquisitive and will eat anything they find.
Taking just a few such pills can have devastating consequences for a dog. But just in case have you dogs details along with your vets details to hand in case of any incident.
When you begin training your pup, which will begin straight away with toilet training for example because you will want them house trained as soon as possible so that you can go about your life with the knowledge that your new companion is safe along with your home and belongings. I always prefer to use treats as an incentive to perform the act that you wish to be completed. For example, use the command sit and place the puppy in that position, then reward him with a small treat, you can then repeat this process and reward him each time he does so correctly, but don’t keep on trying if you are getting nowhere, puppies have a short attention span and they love to play games, so make learning part of a game.
Training a dog in a very populated area is never a good idea. They will most likely be distracted by other things going on and not learn a thing. Just going back to toilet training for a moment, because this is most peoples priority, you need to be on the look out for signs that the pup is getting restless and looking around for a place to go, but in any event get used to putting you pup outside every time it wakes up or on each hour and reward it again with a small treat and use encouraging words to help them along. Eventually you may want to try to get then to go in one location, so when the time is right use a lead to control them and use the same encouraging words that you may have been using like go pee or whatever but this is your verbal signal to your dog telling what you want him to do and of course reward him once he does so correctly.
Rather than merely using verbal commands, it is wise to utilize hand signals when training your dog. Signals like these help your dog learn things quickly. Try these things to find out what is the best for your pet.
Okay so that is a small amount covering good behaviour but what about any bad behaviour especially snapping or biting, this must be stopped straight away because left un checked there is no knowing how bad things could get further down the line. So never overlook your dog’s bad behaviour. Ignoring it for any length of time will only make it that much harder to correct later on. Your dog might hurt someone else, or you, so take steps to control him early on. As we are still talking about a young dog you might have an issue where he is becoming over excited in his playing, although this is normal behaviour in pups if they become too aggressive you need to stop it so just take a firm hold of them and say sternly NO and give them a little shake, just as his mother would do if he was still there. You could even try a soft smack on the nose too but please bear in mind you are dealing with a baby with soft brittle bones so on no account should you hit them hard or worse. If their actions deserve it give them some time alone in their cage, they may create a fuss but stick to your guns otherwise they could make your life hell.