Tips on how to be a good first-time dog owner

adopt a dog, animals, dog adoption, General Article, pet food, puppies for adoption / Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Raising a dog can be one of the best decisions you ever made. On the contrary, it can also give you a terrible experience since you may not know some of the unspoken challenges that come with it. Taking care of a dog requires total commitment. You will have to cope with the bad times, which might be more than good times. Sometimes you may not know what to do, but you have to be proactive and know why your dog behaves weirdly. To be a good dog parent, there are some important things that you need to know such as:

Choosing the right food.

We all agree that we are what we eat, right? The same applies to dogs. Many dog foods available in the market might confuse you on which one is the best for your dog. All commercial foods having the AAFCO label (Association of American Feed Control Officials) are nutritious foods for the dogs as they are complete and balanced. However, the quality of ingredients plays a crucial role in your dog’s health. You should ensure that your dog feeds twice daily if it is an adult dog. Puppies feed three to six times a day. The amount of food depends on the dog’s age, body condition, activity level, and nutrient content of the diet. All dog owners need pet feeders to ensure that their dogs feed in the right way and with the correct quantity of proportion. Wopet offers various pet feeders. However, one has to be keen on the reviews to know whether their pet feeders are durable and of good quality.

Understanding your dog’s body language

As a dog owner, you need to learn your dog’s body language as it is the only way you will communicate with your dog. Dogs express their fears, anxiety, and insecurity using different body cues. Therefore, you need to do thorough research to interpret their language correctly as wrong interpretation may cause problems. Besides, with interest, you can learn their body signals with ease since several books and videos give insightful information.

Dog training 

Training your dog is a must. Training helps your dog to behave well when in the house. Dog owners who don’t train their dogs will keep complaining that they cannot control their dogs, their dogs are hyperactive and too wild. Since dogs can’t concentrate for long, you should train your dog for just 5 minutes. The training should be easy and fun. Short training sessions deliver the best results over a given period. The best trainers know when the dog needs motivation, when it needs more training and when the dog is not grasping anything. You can also learn all these when you understand its body language.

Replenish dog supplies

We all agree that all dogs have their essential needs. As a dog owner, you should be conversant with the world of dogs, such as their toys, collars, beds, crates, leashes, and bowls. Several pet supplies companies are offering such pet needs. However, one must read through the reviews to know the previous customers’ complaints, experiences, and opinions. They will help you know the company the sells the best products and offers the best pet advice.

Patience….. patience….. patience

You have to accept that you can’t learn everything about good dog parenting overnight as learning is a process. As long as you are a loving and caring dog parent then you should learn from your mistakes. You need to be patient with yourself and your dog. Dogs go through different stages of life. Dog owners with puppies need a lot of patience when training them compared to adult dogs. As a dog owner, you should not give up on your dog when you realize that its behavior is not changing but rather be patient with it and train it consistently. Besides, you should not have unrealistic expectations as they will lead to frustrations.