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Best Dog Owner | Long known as ‘a man’s best friend’ dogs are exquisite little creatures. Our four legged companions repay the love we give them ten-fold. The companionship of a dog is like no other and their loyalty has no limit. They’re willing to accompany you in everything that you do. Even scientific research now backs up the claim that our canine buddies can drastically benefit our mental and physical health. Being around them not only gives you a sense of purpose but helps manage stress and remain calm.
While owning a fur-baby is a privilege because of its numerous upsides, it also comes with its responsibilities. It is a long-term commitment and we owe it to them to be the best pet parents that we can be. Providing them healthy and happy lives while nurturing and caring for them is our responsibility.
Here are a few basic tips that will not only help you become a considerate dog owner but will also strengthen your bond with your little fur baby.
Before buying a dog it is necessary that you evaluate and assess your lifestyle. Never purchase a dog on an impulse. Ask yourself whether or not your daily routine allows you to spare enough time to cater to the needs of a pet and give them the attention that they deserve. Look at your living space and see if you have enough spare room to accommodate a pet. Realize that owning a pet is a full-time job that requires emotional, financial and time commitment.
Once you’ve thought your decision through, the next step is to select a dog breed that is suited to your personality and lifestyle. Examine what qualities you’d like to see in your dog. Their energy level and how active they are, how much grooming they need, their temperament, size and training needs are all things that you need to keep in mind while selecting the breed that is right for you. Educate yourself and do your research regarding the unique characteristics and qualities of the breed that you’ve chosen. This way you’ll know what to expect and treat them correctly.
Having patience and giving your pup time and space is the first step to being a considerate dog owner. Initially every pet requires a couple of weeks to adjust to their new surroundings. It is natural for them to feel scared, insecure and homesick. Let them be free to explore their new home and adapt to their new lifestyle. You have teach and train them while observing patience and compassion.
Disciplining your dog is best done at the stage of puppyhood. Teach your pup right from the start what is and is not appropriate. Boundaries, whether they are for your personal space or work, will make life much easier for both you and your pet.
Regardless of how packed your schedule is, it is essential that you take out some time for pet-owner bonding. Make an effort to take them on long walks, play with them and allow them to socialize with other dogs and their owners.
Sufficient physical activity is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle for any pup. As dogs get older, it is easier to start taking them for granted. Their energy level may decrease and they may not be active but they still need their owner’s attention every now and then.
It is necessary that the food you provide your dog fulfills their basic nutritional requirements. Refer to a vet to properly understand what diet is best suited for your dog according to their breed, age, and size and activity level. Give them high quality, organic food and keep their diets simple and consistent. Provide them with lots of fresh water and occasionally healthy dog treats.
Prevention is always better than cure. Don’t wait for your dog to fall sick before you take them to a vet. One or two visits every other month will ensure that your four-legged companion lives a long healthy life. Keep them up-to-date on all their vaccinations and don’t hesitate to reach out to a vet if you feel that something is off instead of self-diagnosing.
A dog’s grooming requirements depend solely on its breed. However, routinely bathing, brushing of teeth, clipping of nails and regular deshedding procedures are essential for the physical well-being of every dog. Every now and then take them to a professional to learn the best grooming tactics for your pup.
If you’re leaving your pet by themselves, prepare and plan before head. Make sure you leave an adequate supply of food and water, nowadays there are many pet TV channels and technologies like automatic treat dispensers to keep your canine friend occupied while you’re away. You can even appoint dog walkers to keep your dog’s activity needs in check.
Make sure your dog wears an identification tag with your name, address and contact information at all times. Also set up an emergency contact, enlist a family member or a friend to take care of your little one in case of accidents, illness or any other occasion. Always have a kit filled with food, water and first aid equipment ready in case of emergencies or a disaster. With time microchips are becoming cheaper and more accessible, they are a permanent way to keep track your fur baby.
Training your dog and teaching them the basic commands helps strengthen your bond with them. Teach them to sit, stay, fetch, grab the newspaper and hold groceries. This will give your canine a sense of purpose and well-being. Take them to different dog classes, pet stores and parks to help them socialize and meet other pets and owners as well. Use positive reinforcements to encourage good behavior and praise them for being obedient and listening to your commands.
There is no right or wrong way to raise a dog, but as a good dog-parent, their well-being has to be your main priority. They are a wonderful addition to your family and should be treated as such. Everyone is attracted to a young puppy but the real challenge is to adapt to their changing needs and behavior as they grow old.