New Puppy Or Dog Owner? Here’s What You Need

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We all know the saying, “A dog is man’s best friend,” and that may be true but even a best friend can be hard to teach. Training and raising a dog is not the easiest task in the world. It takes a sufficient amount of love and care to properly train your dog. It also requires much patience or your pet will drive you crazy, especially for people with their first dog. Determining where to even begin can be hard. You are not sure of training or how much to feed. You wonder about buying vitamins for medium dogs, small dogs or large dogs. Here are some essential keys to help you train and care for your dog properly.

 Communication and Patience 

The first thing you are going to want to prioritize is getting to know your new puppy or adopted dog. First, your goal should be to see how receptive your dog or puppy is at communicating. Making eye contact and exaggerated movement to get the dog’s focus is very important. At the beginning stages of training, you should use small size treats to reward your dog. Most people use pieces that are way too big. Use the treat as a motivator and verifier to let your dog know win he or she is doing something right. With young dogs, their focus may go in and out so patience and consistency is a key part of dog training.

Dogs are very intelligent, but that doesn’t make it necessarily easy for owners to teach them quickly. You must be patient with your approach for any aspect of training, including teaching them how to sit, lay down, fetch, and potty training. You need to have patience with your young pup similar to the level of patience you need with a baby; they get into almost everything. Some of what they get themselves into can be hazardous to their health. Dogs grow fast, but you still need to accept the fact that your pet needs time to learn right from wrong.


New Home and Proper Care

When you are bringing a new dog home, you need to be prepared with the appropriate supplies so you can get off to a great beginning. You will need a premium puppy or dog food to provide your pet a good start. Also, stainless steel non-tip food and water bowls are a great investment for your new pal. Be sure to make identification tags for your pet with its name and your contact information. You may also need stain remover for accidents in the home. Be sure to include brushes and combs suited for your pet. Last but not least, dog shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Grooming of your pet is very important and something that should not be overlooked. Other essentials may include high-quality safe chew toys. Buying these specific chew toys will ease teething for puppies. Furthermore, don’t forget flea, tick, and parasite controls. This will help your dog stay healthy and pest free.

Pet Space and Potty Training

Pets need their space too so be sure to include a room or place he or she can call its own, like a cage or crate that will fit its adult size. Understand that a young puppy is not like an adult dog. Treat your new pal with a lot of patience and constant supervision. The way you interact with your puppy at a young age is critical, so is socialization. You should spend extra time with your new dog or pup when it is still new to the home, but you want to get the pup accustomed to your daily routine fast. You want to be alert for signs like sniffing and circling. These signs could mean that the dog needs to go potty, then take them out immediately. Establishing a routine will make it a lot easier for you and your new dog. A young puppy or an untrained dog has no bathroom routine so you may have to take them out immediately after eating, drinking, playing, and sleeping. Be sure not to punish an accident. Never should you put its nose in the waste. The pup may not understand and will just get frightened.

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