Getting a dog is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make! We’re listed a few pointers to get you off to the right start!
As the owner of a new dog it can be hard at first so you will need a large dose of perseverance. In the first few weeks, your pooch (especially if it’s a puppy and not an adult dog) can make a bit of mess, howl a little (or a lot) and basically turn things upside down…..literally! Your objective is to teach your dog, in a calm and concise way the rules and behaviour required in your home, to get it used to the ‘way you do things around here’.
They’ll soon get into the groove but keep calm and maintain your patience with the pup!
Fun and Care
A dog is not a toy, especially with Christmas around the corner too many dogs are abandoned after the initial honeymoon period. When you get a dog you’re in a two way contract. For all the love and affection it will give you, your dog has the right to care, attention, and time with you. Preferably lots of it! Don’t get a dog if your schedule does not have time for games and walks. Dogs need both walks, games and daily interaction with you. Think before you get a dog, will you have the opportunity to spend enough time with it? Or alternatively research local pet sitting services, they are becoming more and more popular but be sure to check out any reviews first before you put your dog into their care.
Get to know your Vet
With a healthy dog there should be no reason to spend much time in veterinary clinics. However, an annual medical examination of your dog will act as a preventative measure against many ailments. Annual vaccinations are an option but other prefer Titre testing. A titre test involves taking a small blood sample from your dog to assess their immunity to a specific disease. This can determine whether there are sufficient antibodies available still or a booster vaccination may be needed
Its own space
Your dog should have its own ‘sanctuary’, whether that be a crate or a nice soft dog bed. This is somewhere where your dog can sleep peacefully or spend time alone. This is particularly important if you have small kids who will share the home with your dog. It’s also important for all family members respect your dog’s right to some personal place.
Your dog is part of the whole family. But it’s advisable for there to be one main person for the pooch, someone who takes full responsibility, manages its nutrition, provides regular walks and protects its interests.
Whilst you may spend the majority of the time on walks but there are times when you want to go further afield in the car, or even in the caravan or motor-home. It's important that your dog gets used to the car! Some dogs do get travel sick so take it on short journeys first and always make sure they are securely fastened in!
Even the best dog cause calamities. Be it accidentally damaging property or accidentally injuring third parties. Pet insurance will also help to avoid unforeseen expenses with your dog’s health.
A bit of a stroll
Long walks or runs off leash will benefit your dog no end and it’ll also be good for you too! The larger the dog the longer the walk should be. With small puppies, it is recommended to walk a few times a day for up to 20 minutes. Ideally adult should walk at least 2 times a day for 60-90 minutes.
Spread a little love
Like humans a dog is a is full of emotions, feelings and thoughts. It’s not strange to offer kind words and gentle treatment to your furry friend. Give it a belly run, pat it and let it jump on the sofa for cuddles.