Ask Away Blog: Advice For New Dog Owners

Advice For New Dog Owners

Monday, February 1, 2021

 

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Being a new dog owner is an exciting time for you. Pets are great to have around the home and are always there to comfort you when you need the attention.

You may be excited about owning a dog but also a little apprehensive. As a first-time dog owner, you might not know where to start or what to expect. The following advice will help ensure a smooth transition for you and your pet. Be sure to find a trusted vet where you can take your dog for preventative care and who you can call should you have further questions.
 
Make Time for Your Pet

One piece of advice for new dog owners and dog moms is that you should make time for your pet. You don’t want to leave a new dog alone for too long at one time and you want to be there to introduce them to their new surroundings and make them feel at ease. You’ll also want to set aside time in your daily schedule for exercise and to show your dog some love and affection by petting and cuddling with your new pet.
 
Research Dog Food

You’re also going to want to make sure you have the right dog food for your new pet. Take the time to research your options and read dog food reviews to help you select the right food and diet for your pet. There’s a lot of information to digest but it’s important that you’re thorough with it and make a good decision that will keep your pet happy and healthy over the years. Also, know how much food to feed your pet at each meal so they maintain a good weight for their size.
 
Create A Calming Environment

Your next goal should be to create a calming environment for your new dog. You want to ensure your pet feels comfortable in your home and that you set them up with their own space. Provide them with a separate area for food and water and lay down a cozy dog bed where they can rest and nap. Make sure they feel welcome in your home but that they also know where their space is and areas you don’t want them to wander around or furniture you want them to stay off of. Limit how much they can access at first and open up more space to them as they learn and grow.
 
Train Your Dog & Be Patient

It’s important that you train your new pet to keep them safe and well and out of harm’s way. Another piece of advice for new pet owners is to not only train your dog but to also be patient with him or her. It’s going to take some time before they understand what you’re saying and your commands and learn where to go to the bathroom. You’ll want to assume that your dog isn’t house trained and to work on that right away. You need to learn how to communicate with each other and give them some room to adapt to their new environment and setting.



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