5/26/17

Paws For Thought Before You Get A Dog


By on 5/26/2017 10:51:00 AM


If you’re thinking about getting your first dog, there a few little tidbits of information that might come in handy. First, you should start as you mean to go on. The first night your dog stays with you, you’ll need to decide where he or she is going to sleep. If you’re going to let it sleep with you on your bed, remember, that’s the type of treatment it will expect from then onwards. If it’s going to sleep by itself, the same follows. Unfortunately, puppies will hate being left alone so you should be prepared for at least a few hours of crying each night until it settles in. At that point, it should be more than happy to sleep alone. But if you break even once and let it sleep upstairs with you, the process will start all over again.

 Energetic Every Day

Dogs love plenty of exercises, they like to explore and run around. A lab needs about two hours of exercise every day, and this isn’t the most energetic breed. There are others that require a lot more and some that are happy to sleep right through the morning. It all depends on your unique pet pooch. You might have an incredibly busy lifestyle. If that’s the case, you should think about setting up an area where the pet can play by itself while you are away.

The best way to do this is to set up an enclosed area. The garden works well for this. If you have an open garden with no fencing, you’ll need to set some up. The fencing you can find on sites such as https://www.longfence.com/content/chain-link-fence-durable-resistant is high enough that the average dog won’t be able to jump it. Once you have an enclosed space, you need something they can play with. You can get an automatic ball thrower that will keep working, even when you’re not in the garden. There are even some that can be controlled by your phone if you’re not in the house.

However, you should remember that dogs are very sociable and they love company. So, if you don’t have much time to spend with a pet you might want to think twice about getting one.

Obey

Does your dog obey you? It should, but it will take a few months of training. Even then, you can get the occasional rough patch where they ignore you completely. If you want your pet to be completely obedient, you should think about carrying some treats around in your pocket. That way, you can control good behavior and reward it. Eventually, you’ll condition the dog into responding this way every time. You might think this takes away a dog’s personality. But actually, it’s more or less how we encourage babies to do things like use the toilet. You can read more about conditioning on https://seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-infobooks/.

Feed Me

Is a dog ever full? It depends on what’s on the menu, and that’s why you have to be careful feeding your dog your food. He’ll probably never say to no to getting extra food at dinner time. It’s up to you to properly regulate his diet and make sure that he’s getting everything he needs without going overboard.


I hope you find these tips useful when you take home your furry new friend.



About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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