You’ve Got The Dog: Now What?

If you’ve just bought your first family pet and it’s a wonderful little puppy then congratulations. You’ve got another addition to the family, and he or she will exceed your expectations in terms of companionship (I may not know them, but I know that). Still, what you don’t see in Hollywood films are the chores that come with owning a dog. Eating, sleeping, and walking in the park are the three main things that you assume come with dog ownership. However, if you have children then you’ll know that you’d laugh if somebody told you all you have to do is feed them, put them to bed, and take them out for pleasant strolls now and then.


Of course, this isn’t to say that owning a dog is as difficult as bringing up a child. That being said, there are a lot of similarities. Most importantly, looking after a dog is a complex, and it’s a 24/7 job. You can’t neglect your pet; you have to be ready to give it love and affection. Still, as mentioned above, there’s a lot more to welcoming your new dog to your family household than simply giving him or her cuddles all the time. The following tips might guide you with what to do now that you’ve finally got the family pet.

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Think about their health.

We’ll start with the basic points. You already know that your dog needs feeding and walking, but it’s important that you find a dietary schedule and exercise routine that suits your pet’s needs. It varies from breed to breed and individual to individual, but the key is simply to keep your dog active so that they grow up to be strong and healthy. This is also crucial to ensuring that they stay mentally healthy; your dog’s mood will drop if you keep he or she cooped up inside for too long. Frequent walks are the key.


As for diets, keep them off the human food and don’t skimp on costs when you go to the pet shop; cheaper snacks can lead your dog to develop a bad stomach, and veterinary medical bills are far more costly than high-quality pet food (trust us on that one). Of course, your dog is likely to get scratches, cuts, and even infections from time to time, given that they lead a more wild lifestyle than humans. You might want to look into emergency vet options near you, just so you have a quick plan of action in the event of an accident with your dog or unexpected illness.

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Training is key.

You don’t have to train your dog to do backflips, though that would be pretty impressive. On a basic level, however, you need to train your dog to know the rules of the household. The crucial part of doing so successfully is to ensure that you’re consistent with your training approach. Don’t reward good behavior one day but forget to do so the next. You need to reinforce good habits, and your dog will understand how the house works in no time; they’ll be going to the toilet exactly what they’re supposed to do so.

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Keep your dog social.

If you want your dog to be happy and good around people then you need to surround him or her with people. If you ensure that your dog is surrounded by people whilst they’re young then they won’t be fearful of big social situations as they grow older. Take them on fun car rides so that they don’t associate the car with the vet either.

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