Dogs are lovely pets. They are easily attached to their owners. In fact, having a dog is an amazing experience. But it takes a lot of hard work to keep a dog.
Generally, when you bring a new dog home, there will undoubtedly be an adjustment period for you. I will share with you in this article “What to do when you get a new dog”.
Things to Consider Before You Bring A Dog Home
Having a dog is a priceless experience. Dogs are a perfect pet for most people because it easily connects with the owner. But before you bring a dog home, you have to consider the following factors.
Willingness to Commit Yourself
I mentioned earlier that it takes a lot of hard work to keep a dog healthy. Taking care of a dog goes beyond feeding.
You must create time to groom your dog, take him out for a walk, bath him often, etc. If you don’t have time for any of the activities above, I don’t think you will be a good dog owner.
At least, if you aren’t available to carter for your dog needs, you should have people doing it for you, otherwise, stop nurturing the idea of owning a dog.
Check If the Dog Will Fit Your Lifestyle
You don’t just adopt any dog because of popularity. It should be compatible with your lifestyle.
Check out for things like tolerant level of the dog, his needs, energy level, etc. If these things aren’t compatible with your lifestyle, you may end up dropping the dog at an animal shelter.
So, if you are interested in any breed, you have to know more about the breed’s lifestyle.
Know That There Will Be an Adjustment Period
As you bring your new dog home, don’t forget that there will be an adjustment period for you. Your dog may cry, scatter things around, and do all sort of annoying things…
Don’t be discouraged, it is only for a while. You will have to train the dog to behave the way you like. And over time, it will get used to your way of living and lifestyle.
Consider Spaying and Neutering
You should consider spaying or neutering your dog before you bring it home. When you spay your female dogs, they are less likely to have uterine infections and breast tumors.
Also, neutering your male dog helps to prevent testicular and other prostate related conditions.
Consider If You Can Afford A Dog
It is great to have a dog as a pet, but it comes with additional expenses. Depending on your dog’s breed, you have to take it for routine veterinarian checkup, buy healthy food, Identification tags, etc. all these come with additional cost.
So, ensure that you can afford a dog’s needs before bringing it home. Your dog may be depressed and unhappy when you can’t meet his basic needs.
Consider Whether to Bring an Older Dog or Puppy
It is a universal truth that puppies are amazing. But as amazing as puppies look, they come with stress. In fact, many people call them destruction machines that require a lot of work and energy.
So, if you don’t have all the time to nurture and train a puppy, older dogs could be perfect for you. Actually, you spend less on vet and skip house training when you have older dogs.
Preparation for Bringing A New Dog Home
After you have finally made up your mind to have a dog, you have to start preparing to bring the next dog home. There are certain things you should do, some of them are;
Read More About Dogs
Having a dog comes with its own peak and valley. It is never easy, especially if you have a dog for the first time.
There are a lot of things you need to learn about raising a dog the right way. You will need to read about dogs socialization, training, and vaccinations.
Furthermore, you have to research more about the breed you are interested in. When you learn a lot of things before you finally bring the dog home, you will know the next course of action to take whenever you notice some strange behavior in your dog.
Find an Experienced Veterinarian
Trust me, every dog needs a veterinarian. In fact, it is normal to take your new dog to a vet before taking him home. The veterinarian will check your dog’s health and educate you on how best to care for your dog.
Get the Right Dog Supplies
Remember that your dog will need certain things in his new home. And you must make these things available before you bring him home.
Get your dog the right toys, beds, leashes, bowls, collars, crates, etc. You can easily order some of these things online and get them delivered to you.
Choose the Right Dog Food
The diet you choose for your dog will go a long way to determine how healthy he becomes. Sadly, this is an area most dog owners are getting wrong.
You must choose the right food that fits your dog’s need. It should have the proper nutritional content. Otherwise, it may become counterproductive.
Don’t forget that not all dogs’ food is the same. Some dog foods are certainly better than others. But you have to put into consideration your dog’s age, breed, and health situation.
For instance, it is better for puppies to eat food that is very rich in protein including higher specification of specific amino acid, fats, and certain minerals. Older dogs, on the other hand, require a lower calorie diet to avoid obesity – this is obviously a common condition in older dogs.
So, adult dogs need food with more of fiber diet. This will help to improve their gastrointestinal health.
Let me remind you that most of the things you see on dogs’ food label are marketing. The beautiful pictures of dogs eating appealing food you see on the label may have no bearing on what is inside.
Health Issues May Come Up Once in A While
Health problems are variables in dog raising equations. Once in a while, your dog is bound to have certain health challenges.
So, prepare your mind for this and always take your dog to your veterinarian whenever you notice any symptom. Also, if you take the right step to keep your dog healthy, you can avoid many health issues.
Expect Behavioral Problems
Dogs have their own problems. They are not perfect and don’t expect too much from them. As you bring your new dog home, expect to see some behavioral issues once in a while.
Some of the odd you may experience are; excessive barking, destructive chewing, Separation anxiety, aggression, etc.
House Training Your New Dog
You can avoid the above behavioral problems by house training your dog.
House training a new dog is essential. But It takes patience, consistency, and a lot of positive reinforcement.
The essence of house training is not only to teach your dogs good habits but also to build a strong bond with them.
Below are some guidelines to get your new dog on the right track within a short time.
#1. Have A Routine
All your dog upkeep activities should be on a schedule. It is easy to raise dogs when they are on a regular routine.
When you establish a routine for your dog, he will become conscious of times to eat, times to play, times to bath, etc.
As part of the training routine, take your dog outside frequently. It could be once in three hours or less depending on your schedule.
Your dog should at least go outside after he wakes up, during and after playing, etc.
Also, pick a spot for your dog outside. And always take him to that spot on a leash. Use certain words or phrases to let him know it is time to relieve himself.
Lest I forget, try to reward and praise your dog whenever he relieves himself outdoor. This is a way of teaching your dog what is expected of him.
#2. Keenly Supervise Your Dog
Every dog requires supervision (whether puppies or older dogs). Always keep an eye on your dog whenever he is indoor. Never allow him to mess up your house.
Always put your dog on a leash whenever you are not actively training or playing. And always check out for signs that your dog wants a bath.
Some common signs are; restlessness, sniffing around, barking, scratching at the dog, squatting, etc.
Whenever you notice any of these signs, take your dog outside to his bathroom spot. And if he relieves himself, give him good treat…
Even though your dog is within the yard, try to put him on a leash. The dog will get his total freedom after he has received the necessary house training. This will prevent him from wandering around.
#3. Don’t Punish Your Dogs for Mistakes
Mistakes are normal when you are still training your dog. Don’t make it a habit to always punish your dogs for mistakes. This will only make them scared of you.
However, whenever you catch your dog in the act of making any mistake, interrupt him by making a startling noise.
Never punish your dog for eliminating inside the house. What you should do is to clean the soiled area thoroughly.
It is not all about having a dog, but you have to be committed. In fact, you should treat your new dog like any other member of your family. From grooming, feeding, training, etc., your dog deserves the best.