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Crucial Tips for People Looking to Adopt Dogs for the First Time

If you decide to get a dog, or any pet for that matter, keep in mind that it’s a huge responsibility, one that lasts for the duration of the pet’s life. If we take into account the fact that over 40% of Americans own dogs, they are the preferred choice of pets. As part of a co-evolutionary cycle, dogs have adjusted and evolved to acquire certain physical traits and personalities that people love. Before actually opening the doors of your home to new pets, there are certain things to consider.

As first time dog owners, you’ll learn a lot during the actual caring of the pet but here are three of the most crucial points to look into.

1. Keep an Eye on their Eating

First time dog owners are incredibly excited about having the dog in their house and no one could blame them; these fun and furry friends are happily go with their owners everywhere. Don’t let their cute appearance and fun personalities distract you from the fact that they also require care and attention that you, as the owner, has to provide. Without knowing it, you might feed these dogs with the wrong kind of food that will cause uncomfortable digestive issues. Apart from grapes, garlic, wine, avocado and oils, owners should avoid giving their dogs junk food that people just eat for fun. Besides their food, make sure that your pet drinks enough water, if not then it’s time to modify their diet; either you add more wet food into their diet or you pour water into their bowl of dry dog food. Since dogs are energetic, they tend to be dehydrated, especially when the weather is hot; an additional challenge for the dog is when they’re just getting used to their surroundings and don’t know where to get water.

2. Proper Disciplining

Of course we want our dogs to run around with freedom, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t implement some sort of structure. By not putting the dog through discipline courses, you automatically become their teacher. New dogs, especially puppies should first be trained on how to walk with a leash and once they get used to wearing it then the owner can begin adjusting it’s pace and speed during walks.

3. Teach them to be Sociable

One of the many reasons why dogs and people get along well is because both are social creatures. A dog that was given enough opportunities to socialize with other animals or with humans when it was a puppy or early in the pet ownership will enjoy the company of others. Dogs that snap at just about anyone it sees are not disciplined in an effective way by their owners and have minimal interaction with other dogs. Dogs that run in packs are more aware of what real danger looks like and thus behave better than dogs who don’t.


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