Adopting a dog, or a pet of any kind, is a serious responsibility that you have to fulfill for years to come. If we take into account the fact that over 40% of Americans own dogs, they are the preferred choice of pets. Studies show that dogs are part of a kind of co-evolutionary cycle, which has gradually evolved to feature certain physical traits and personalities that animal lovers prefer. Those that are only now adopting a dog has to consider numerous factors before they open their doors for pets.
Before officially becoming a dog owner, here are the top three things to consider.
1. Keep an Eye on their Eating
Those that haven’t actually become dog owners before, you might become a bit too excited with a furry and fun companion to go with you wherever you please. 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. If the dog doesn’t drink enough water, you either add more wet food into their dry food or pour some water into their bowl of dry food. Energetic dogs under hot weather are likely to be dehydrated, especially when they’re not familiar with the new home and are still clueless about where to access water.
2. Proper Disciplining
Even though we want the dogs to freely run around the property and have fun, implementing some kind of structure is remains crucial. When you choose not to enroll them under professional discipline courses, then you have to be their teacher at home. Puppies have to be first trained on a leash and when they get the general feel of it, adjust their speed and pacing when taking them out for a walk.
3. Keep them Social
The fact that dogs and people are social creatures allows them to get along well. 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.