What you Need to Know as a New Dog Parent

What you Need to Know as a New Dog Parent

1. Pet proof your house

Before getting your new pet, make sure you pet proof your place. New dogs love to explore new places by licking, smelling, jumping and scratching. As a new parent, it is important that you make sure that harmful items such as chemicals, cleaning agents, shoes, clothes, expensive objects and electrical cords are well away from your new pets reach. Make sure you lock your cabinets properly and provide your new pet with plenty of toys and objects to play with, scratch and chew.

2. Create a schedule for your new dog

Setting a proper routine for your dog not only encourages them to obtain good habits but also helps them develop an excellent behavior. If you set this routine early on, it will be easier for them to get accustomed to it and follow it.

Make sure that your pet is potty trained. Take them for outside for potty breaks every two three hours. Puppies tend to urinate more often. You should help them recognize where their potty is located and every time they want to piss, they should find it and so it there. In case an accident occurs and they fail to reach the potty, don’t become angry and just encourage them to void in the litter box. Eventually these accidents will become less frequent as they become potty trained.

It is also important for you to include exercise and other activities in the schedule to maintain a healthy lifestyle for them. Overweight and obesity is a common problem among dogs and one of the leading causes behind it is lack of exercise and adequate playtime. It is better to get them in the habit of playing early on starting with 10 to 15 minutes per day. Make sure you consult your vet before making your pet do rigorous exercise as some breeds shouldn’t be allowed to exercise before the age of twelve months.

Feeding your dog at regular intervals is also quite important. Following a proper feeding routine makes you calculate their potty breaks as well. Choose a quality diet and make sure it is balanced. Don’t over feed them and measure the amount of proportions you take out for them.

3. Closely monitor their habits in the beginning and look for behavior changes so that they can be tackled early on. Make sure you follow one routine and don’t make massive changes all at once. If you are thinking of introducing something new, try to do it gradually.

4. Make sure you follow with your vet regularly. Get all the required vaccines and boosters for your pet. You should also get regular checkups done.

5. Make sure you counter disruptive behavior and issues like separation anxiety early on. Give them some alone time and leave them with treat, toys and puzzles before leaving the house in order to decrease their anxiety when alone. If your dog develops aggressive behavior, consult a vet for castration.

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