Crucial Tips for People Looking to Adopt Dogs for the First Time
Adopting a dog, or a pet of any kind, is a serious responsibility that you have to fulfill for years to come. Around 40% of Americans have dogs in their households; dogs are the top choice of pets by animal lovers. Studies show that dogs are part of a kind of co-evolutionary cycle, which has gradually evolved to feature certain physical traits and personalities that animal lovers prefer. First time dog owners have a lot to learn and know before they actually take the pet home.
Before officially becoming a dog owner, here are the top three things to consider.
1. Keep an Eye on their Eating
First time dog owners are incredibly excited about having the dog in their house and no one could blame them; these fun and furry friends are happily go with their owners everywhere. 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. When dogs eat the wrong kind of food, it can result to uncomfortable digestive issues and an unhappy dog. 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
On one hand, you want the dog to run around freely and enjoy, but on the other it’s also important to give some kind of structure for them to follow. 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. Allow them to Mingle
One of the many reasons why dogs and people get along well is because both are social creatures. 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. Dogs that snap at just about anyone it sees are not disciplined in an effective way by their owners and have minimal interaction with other dogs. Dogs that run in packs are more aware of what real danger looks like and thus behave better than dogs who don’t.