Dogs! Who doesn’t love dogs? I remember my first time getting a puppy. The excitement, the rush, and my little furball getting all flurry by seeing me be elated. When you become a first time dog owner you also realize what it feels to have a new companion to share your life with. A fuzzy and endearing buddy who will stay by your side in sickness and in health, and vice versa.
That being said, even though it’s all exhilarating for both of you, it’s important to remember how much time and tolerance you need to have when you become a dog owner.
First-time dog owners need all the help they can get. I know I did.
So, here are 5 important guidelines you need to know about being a first-time dog owner.
1. Dog Time: Adjustment
Now that you’ve got your puppy or a dog, it’s beneficial to anticipate how they will adjust in a new ambiance. Every dog or puppy will react differently to different surroundings.
It’s essential to plan out some things beforehand so that you will be ready for anything. And remember to have lots and lots of patience!
If you have adopted a dog that has already been living in a shelter they will need more time to adjust to your surroundings. Puppies, on the other hand, need to be house trained first. They will be very welcoming to new experiences so try to get them to meet other people and animals as much as you can.
2. First Time Dog Owners: Feeding Instructions
Keeping your dog healthy is paramount when you are a first time dog owner or a 100th time dog owner. Many dog owners take chances when it comes to feeding their dogs. It’s crucial to not over or under feed your dog or puppy. If there is a specific type of dog food your dog has developed a special taste for, then chances are it’s the right one.
It will be very overwhelming at first because there is so many dog food to choose from now. It’s very natural to get flabbergasted so do some research beforehand.
Feeding your dog a healthy amount of food every day is something you need to carefully be aware of. There are many online websites that offer guidelines on what kind of diets you can put your dog on, different pet food types you can choose from and how much you should feed them.
3. Veterinarians and Vaccinations
Going to a veterinarian is the first priority in your list when you adopt a pup as a first time dog owner. Not only will they help you learn more about your dog’s health, but they will also give you an extensive knowledge you about your dog. They are like your guides into the whole owning a dog process.
Find a friendly and reliable vet for your precious. Your dog will have health problems at some point so it’s better to be prepared. Vaccinating your dog will help them have a long and active life. Your vet will determine what vaccine and what kind of treatments will be best for your dog.
Take your dog to get a checkup frequently. Start by going once a week. Gradually, your dog will get sick less often and your visits to the vet will gradually cut down. It’s best if you create a routine and schedule appointments accordingly. After all, taking care of their health and well being is also very crucial to being a dog owner.
If dogs could communicate with us about what they were feeling or going through things would be a lot easier. Since they can’t it’s up to us to anticipate and look out for the signs they might be showing.
4. Basic Needs and Accessories
When I went to buy supplies for my puppy I went nuts! There were so many things I had to choose from: leashes, toys, feeding bowls, collars, and so much more. I wanted to buy every kind of toy there was and safe to say it was very hard for my dad to pull me away to stop me from buying everything I laid my eyes upon. Being a first time dog owner had so many possibilities!
There can be no shortage of toys for your dog. All they want is an entertaining toy. Squeaky toys are my favorite.
But it is important to pay attention to their needs as well and here are a few ways you can take care of them:
- Proper habitat – Giving your dog a safe and secure environment is key and it is also your responsibility to make them feel safe.
- Spruce up your pup – Wash your dog or talk to your veterinarian about professional pet grooming.
- Public Interactions – Taking your dog for a walk or a visit to the park will help them to get to know more people and other dogs. Your dog will be more approachable and friendly towards people.
With everything becoming so virtual these days, you can just order whatever supplies you need for your canine troublemaker from an online page and have it delivered to your doorstep.
5. Proper Guidance and Behavioral Problems
Training your dog as early and quickly as possible is pivotal. By training your dog you can ensure proper control over them. This will help you both create a special bond. The first thing you need to do is to potty train your dog.
Potty training is essential and should be done as soon as you bring in a new dog while they are still in the development stage. It’s a good idea to make a daily routine and stick to it every day till they get the hang of it.
As a first time dog owner, Disciplining your dog will be tough and it will require you to put all your time and energy behind this at first. From barking too loudly to chewing up your leather shoes or wire cables, take every day to work through these problems by coaching them to behave properly. Remember, both of you have to endure each other. So, take things one step at a time.
There are many websites that provide detailed videos and instructions as to how you can best train your dog to obey you.
Best Dogs for First Time Owners and What to Know
The dogs that are best suited for first-time owners include but not limited to:
Being a first time dog owner can be tough and scary. There are many challenges and hurdles you and your furball will need to face. But at the end of the day when you find your canine companion sleeping peacefully you know, it’s worth it.
It is vital to remember that you have to accept responsibility for your dog. Being a first time dog owner or 10th time dog owner means you have to be dedicated and ensure the best possible growth of your dog as long as you both live.
You will learn that your dog will have your back like nobody else will. Their love for their owner is unconditional. Once you both start to understand each other things will become much easier and simple.
This article is contributed by Stephany – content writer at Feedfond. She is a proud pet parent of 2 German Shepherds and loves to share and write about her experiences bringing up her dogs. If you want to read more of her articles, check her out at Feedfond.com.