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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. If we take into account the fact that over 40% of Americans own dogs, they are the preferred choice of pets. Being part of a co-evolutionary cycle, certain dog breeds have gradually evolved physical traits and personalities that people love. Before actually opening the doors of your home to new pets, there are certain things to consider.

Before officially becoming a dog owner, here are the top three things to consider.

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. Don’t let their cute appearance and fun personalities distract you from the fact that they also require care and attention that you, as the owner, has to provide. Dogs are prone to a lot of unwanted digestive issues, especially if they eat the wrong kind of food. Dogs should never be given grapes, avocado, wine, oils, garlic and all those junk food that people just eat for fun. 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. Proper Disciplining

Of course we want our dogs to run around with freedom, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t implement some sort of structure. By opting out professional discipline courses for the dog, you have to step in as the teacher. New dogs and puppies have to be trained to walk on leashes first and once they’re used to it, pay attention to their pace and speed.

3. Teach them to be Sociable

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 run around and mingle with other dogs get a feel of what actual threats look like and thus behave better than dogs who aren’t exposed.

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