Are you are a first-time dog owner? Regardless, be sure that you are aware of the responsibilities that are part of being a pet owner. People always say that dogs are man’s best friend but some forget that earning this status is a two-way process. It’s just like how you developed a friendship with the people you used to go with at school or work with.
Even pets like dogs deserve to be treated with love and care if you want to be treated the same. Building a friendship with your dog requires a give and take relationship. So, here are some handy tips for all dog owners out there:
Observe Your Dog’s Behavior
If only dogs can verbalize their thoughts, the life of pet owners could be easier than ever. But since this is not the case, it is vital to observe your dog’s behavior the moment you got him. This way, it will be easier for you to understand him and give him what he really needs. This means that you need to spend some time with your furry friend regardless of how busy you are. Just think of how much you know about your family or friends after all the time you spent with them.
Chances are, you could go on and on about what makes them happy, sad, angry, scared, or confused. You could throw them a party with their favorite movie as the theme because you know it’ll give them happy. This goes the same with our pets. If you want to know him better and avoid misunderstandings, observe his behavior and be open-minded.
Understand Your Dog’s Body Language
For us humans, body language can be mean 1 or more things depending on how you view the situation. Of course, this also involves the kind of mindset you have. Once you spend the time to hang out or simply observe your dog’s behavior, you can also understand his body language. Is he afraid, hungry, happy, excited, angry, or sad? Of course, you will never have a hard time learning his body language when he’s angry or happy.
These are the easiest things to learn even if you’re a first-time dog owner. But aside from these basic emotions that are easy to understand based on their body language, there’s more to learn. Sometimes dogs have their tail down and body lowered but it doesn’t always mean that they are afraid. It is important to understand their overall state including the way they move their ears, mouth, and feet. In fact, even the way they move their eyes, nose, and forehead can tell you a lot.
Thus, if you see your dog with tail down, body lowered, ears back, quick panting, sweaty pads, and dilated pupils, it means that he’s stressed and distressed. These signals may be due to environmental stress or social stress which is common even among us. In this case, the best thing to do is to research or ask experts especially your dog’s vet.
Find a Reliable Veterinarian
Other people may tell you to buy this and that, or do this and that. But, they often forget about reminding dog owners to get a reliable veterinarian. As much as you need a reliable doctor to keep your health on the check, your dog also needs his own vet. Even though research can give you lots of input about pet care, it’s still important to find a reliable vet. In fact, you should seek a veterinarian right after getting a dog so you can be aware of your dog’s health.
This is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions and seek advice from a licensed professional. When you do, be sure to take some notes and listen carefully. It’s also best to find a vet with an awesome staff or team who really knows how to handle dogs.
Spend Time to Train Your Dog
Regardless of how busy you are with your work, you should always make time to train your dog. Otherwise, dealing with your dog can give you a hard time which may lead to other issues in the future. But instead of pushing your dog into training, take it nice and slow until he is ready to listen. After all, no one wants to be pushed around; even dogs don’t like it. Train your dog one step at a time and make sure that you incorporate it with some fun activities.
Don’t make your dog feel that it’s a heavy duty he needs to perform. Some dogs might even take it as torture if you don’t handle the training properly. Keep the training short and light for at least 5 minutes. If you’re really busy, try to train him for at least 2 minutes. If you can’t find a book, you can find a pet training website to help you out.
Be Patient and Consistent
Whether you’re training or simply playing with your dog, always remember to be patient and consistent. No matter how short is the time you can dedicate to your dog, being consistent helps a lot. This is especially true if you have a puppy. Training a puppy at an early stage is like teaching a child.
As your dog gets used to the healthy routines you taught him, it’ll be easier to take care of him. It’ll be easier for you to train him too if you give him treats and praises regularly for his good behavior.
Do you want to a brave but sweet furry friend who will protect you against all odds? If yes, then treat him the way you want to be treated. Time and commitment are the keys to ensure that your relationship with your dog is smooth. As you spend more time with your dog, you also develop a stronger bond. Whenever you feel like you’re alone, you’ll always have a pet to accompany you. Of course, you also get to have a best friend which is the best part of being a pet owner.