Ask Away...: A Beginner's Guide To Looking After A Pet Dog

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Beginner's Guide To Looking After A Pet Dog

As someone with experience looking after dogs, I feel it’s the right time to share some of my knowledge with any wannabe dog owners out there.

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking about getting your first pet dog. Or, perhaps you’ve agreed to look after someone’s dog and have never done it before. Either way, this guide is designed for people just like you.

You will find all the best tips, from one experienced dog owner to other, less experienced dog owners/people looking after dogs. Hopefully, you’ll find the information helpful, and it can make looking after a dog a lot easier for you.

Make Your Home Ready For A Dog

The first advice I will give to you is that you need to make your house ready for a dog. Whether you’re getting one yourself or just looking after a friend's, this is very important. Until you’ve owned a dog for years, you don’t realise how many hazards there are in your home for these animals. There can be a danger lurking around every corner if you’re not careful.

So, before you welcome a dog into your humble abode, you need to dog proof it. Get rid of anything that can harm your dog, and make your house a lot safer for your new best friend. As you can see on, there are many ways in which you can dog proof your home. One tip is to simply approach things as though you’re baby-proofing your home. It’s a similar concept, you want to keep your dog away from dangers and stop them from accidentally chewing things, etc.

Once your home is fully dog-proofed, you’ll find it much easier to look after a doggy. There will be fewer things for you to worry about, and you won’t have to constantly chase your dog around the house ensuring they don’t get into trouble. Look out for your dog's safety, and you will be a very good owner.

Grooming Is Very Important

I think a lot of people don’t realise how important it is to groom your dog as regularly as can be. This is certainly something new dog owners need to be aware of. If you groom your dogs, you keep them looking a lot better, but you also help protect them from various little problems.

A nicely trimmed coat and a regularly cleaned dog will ensure no fleas or ticks are present, which can cause harm to your dog. Plus, dogs can get all sorts of things stuck in their fur such as bits of grass, leaves, and who knows what else. So, keeping them in good condition with regular grooming helps get rid of debris.

You should really look to wash your dog as frequently as can be. They can get very dirty, and you don’t want them spreading germs around the house. Once a week may sound like a lot, but it’s definitely recommended. As you can see here, there are people offering dog grooming services for dog owners. So, if you don’t have time to groom or wash your dog, there are people out there that will do this for you. Essentially, there’s no excuse to not keep up with regular grooming routines.

You Can’t Be A Lazy Dog Owner

If you’re quite lazy and enjoy relaxing on the sofa doing nothing all day, then maybe a dog isn’t right for you. You see, you can’t be a lazy dog owner. Dogs need to be active, it’s in their nature. You may enjoy doing nothing all day, but a dog is full of energy and needs to go outside, or it will just get depressed. Even some of the lazy looking dogs need regular walks and fresh air!

It’s simple, you need to be ready to walk your dog every day. Sometimes, depending on the breed, you may need to walk it more than once per day. So, if you’re looking after someone else’s dog for the first time, you need to ask them how often you should take it for a walk. If you forget to ask or they forget to say, Google the breed and find out.

Now, you may read this and think you might not be able to own a dog as you’re too busy to walk it regularly and ensure it gets exercise. Well, there are two options for people like you. Firstly, you could hire a dog walker or ask a friend/family member to walk your dog when you’re busy. Alternatively, you can just buy a dog that doesn’t require loads of exercise. As mentioned in an article on, there are man dogs that are quite low-maintenance and don’t require as many exercises as some other breeds. Dogs like this might be more manageable for busy people.

Train Your Dog

My final piece of advice is that you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of training your dog. A lot of dog owners don’t bother with this, but you really should. Especially if you own one for the first time, as it will make life a lot easier for you.

When you train your dog, they become far more obedient. They’re easier to control, and they’re less likely to run off and go crazy when you’re out and about. Not only that but training them helps develop a special bond between the two of you. The training process involves a lot of one on one time with your dog, it can really help you become great friends.

There are endless amounts of resources and videos out there to help you train your dog. I highly suggest you do this, as it makes owning them so much easier. Particularly if you think about getting more dogs down the line. Taking care of three obedient and trained dogs are so much easier than taking care of three untrained ones!

I hope you’ve found this guide useful, and that it’s helped you understand how to look after a pet dog. Now, you will know if you’re ready to get a dog, or if you should maybe prepare yourself beforehand!

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