Tips for New Dog Owners

Getting a dog can be very exciting for the whole family and you want to make sure that your new furry friend settles in happily. Owning a pet comes with responsibility. You have to make sure that you can provide them with a good home for their whole life. Here are some tips to make sure your new dog stays happy and healthy in their new home.

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Meeting the Family

A calm and friendly introduction to every member of your family is one of the first things to do. Some dogs, especially shelter dogs with difficult backgrounds, can get stressed around lots of new people. Introduce them to everyone individually, so they get a positive introduction from each person. This will help to calm their nerves and help them to feel comfortable with their new family. Providing them with their own space gives them a ‘safe’ retreat. You should set up a space for their bed, food, water, and toys. It can also be beneficial to get a dog crate.

Health and Nutrition

Keeping your dog healthy is essential to maintaining a happy life. Make sure your dog is fully vaccinated and has been given flea and worming treatment. Regular health check-ups with your vet will provide an easy way to monitor your pet’s health and ensure any problems are caught early. A walking routine and a food routine will keep their fitness and weight in check. The amount of walking your dog needs will depend on their size and breed. It’s also important to know that when your dog is young, the amount of exercise he has should be less. As your dog is growing, too much stress on their bones and joints can lead to problems later in life. Keeping their weight in check is also very important, as an unhealthy diet and obesity can cause lots of big problems.

Mental Stimulation

From an early age, you will want to provide your dog with some training. This will encourage good behavior and provide some fun stimulation for your dog. Dogs are incredibly clever and providing them with tasks and puzzles will be greatly beneficial. Teaching them tricks will also benefit you and create a closer bond between you and the dog. Some dogs can come with problems such as separation anxiety and chewing things they should not be chewing. Providing them with entertainment to keep them busy is one of the easiest ways to deal with these problems. Dog chews, such as antlers for dogs, are a good choice to keep your dog happy.

Your dog will become a beloved member of your family in no time. Making sure they stay happy and healthy will guarantee years of treasured memories. As their owner, you are responsible for taking care of them. You need to be able to provide them a happy home, not just for a month, but their whole life. Taking care of a dog is a commitment, but one that is definitely worthwhile if you are ready for it.