As a dog owner, you want to be sure that you establish a healthy and happy relationship with your new friend. A great deal of understanding how to do can be keys to enjoying your pet. So we’re going to discuss a few ‘must know’ tips  to help you and your canine companion work on building a a wonderful relationship

Vet Visits

First of all, you are going to have to visit a veterinarian sometimes. That is a given. Your new dog will need vaccinations, checkups and he might get sick sometimes. Due to the ever increasing costs of treatment, you may want to check into pet insurance.. The cost depends on what procedures or treatment your dog needs. The main thing is to realize that you will have to spend money on your pet for his care. So find out what you can expect to spend every six months on vet bills, vaccinations, flea control products, etc.

Another tip when it comes to the vet is to familiarize you dog with the vet when they are young so that every trip is not a trauma.  Just like people, dogs are not going to like to be poked and prodded so make sure every trip in not a ‘problem’ trip.  Regular check-up by a caring and compassionate vet don’t generally offer too much upset.  Try to combine your vet visits with something fun, like a trip to the park or a pet store afterwards whenever possible so they remember the fun and it’s not so scary for them.
Whose Boss?

Never doubt the intelligence of dogs! Dogs do like they are in charge of everything but the truth is that you are the boss so you have to set rules consistently and enforce them. As smart as dogs are, they are fully able to follow rule that you set. They are also able to casually break them. They will try to see what they can get away with. If you are not strict with them over some misbehavior, they will continue behaving in that way. In some ways, you can treat a dog like a child. Be patient but firm.

Schedules and Routines

Dogs thrive in an environment where they know what is going to happen when. Dogs like routines. They like habits and they like things done a certain way. They know what time they get fed, what they are expected to do and when they can expect a walk. Meal times, sleep schedules, sleeping places, training, walks, etc. be consistent. Even if you find routines dull, your dog finds them comforting. Lack of routines and constantly changing schedules can actually lead to misbehavior and stress

Food and Exercise

Quality food and exercise are two of the basics to good health and a happy dog.  Take the time to really check out dog food.  Just like people don’t need food with lots of additives and fillers and chemical, neither do dogs.  Many commercial dog food are nothing more than the equal to ‘junk food.’  Take the time to educate yourself on the good, bad and ugly when it comes to dog food.  Stick to as natural as possible.  Avoid overfeeding and junky treats.  As the old adage goes for people, ‘you are what you eat,’ the same goes for dogs.

Exercise is a basic.  It maintains body health, muscle tone, limber joints and wards off obesity. Different breeds have different activity levels but all dogs require exercise, whether regular walks, run time at a dog park, swimming or games or fetch.  At a minimum, two fifteen minute exercise periods a day.  Besides, being good for your pooch, exercise is good for you too, so enjoy some fun together!

Puppy Time

If you’ve ever watched a baby, you will see a lot of resemblance between them and puppies. For puppies and dogs, everything they can get their mouth on becomes a chew toy. Shoes, clothes, television remotes, electrical cords, and anything that is within their reach becomes a new chew toy. It is important to keep these things out of their reach and teach them that their actual chew toys are the only acceptable chew toys. Be sure that you keep a healthy supply of chew toys available for your dog and that you keep things you don’t want chewed away from your dog.

A very important tip; it’s cute to see a little puppy play with shoes or slippers or anything like that but in allowing that, they learn that it’s acceptable behavior.  When they’re no longer puppies and it’s not so cute anymore, you’ve lost pair ofter pair of shoes or slippers, keep in mind whose fault it really is.  Start as you mean to go!

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