Getting a new pet is a big commitment especially when it is a dog so knowing what you need and how you can make sure it grows up healthy and well trained. A dog requires more looking after than most pets, with cats you can just leave them to get on with life and you need to feed them and they keep to themselves, with dogs they tend to need more love and cuddles to feel welcomed and happy, they also will require exercise and taking out when they require the toilet, so there is more needed to be done with a dog than other pets.
If you have a new dog and are unsure of your best steps to prepare for it then these few tips should help you to understand what you can do to prepare for your new addition to the family.
Learn what food you need for it
One of the most important things your dog will need is its food, but with a puppy it will require specific food dependent on age and if it is already an adult should you be adopting it then it will need adult food for its age. Finding out the specific food you will need and when and how much to feed the dog can be hard to understand, so sites like Burgess Pet Care can be really helpful to give you options of food and also can provide feeding tips for your new dog.
Help it to settle in
Setting up a safe space and getting your new dog some toys to keep it busy would help it to settle in and know that your home is a safe space. Dogs can be very energetic especially as a puppy so making sure you have toys for it will help you to keep it entertained to stop it getting bored, when puppies get bored it can lead them to chew things especially when they start teething so making sure they have toys to chew and teething toys will help to keep your furniture intact while they get through this stage in there life.
If you set up a safe space for your dog it will help them settle quicker. They will have a safe place to go to when they are tired or feeling vulnerable, this will make them happier and less shy. This will also help them feel less anxious which leads to less training being required to keep them from playing up.
Learn some training tips
Before getting your dog try to learn some training techniques, this will mean that you will have the best chance at your dog growing up to be well behaved and less trouble as they grow up. Training can help to stop them chewing or becoming aggressive, it can also make them more well behaved when you start to walk them and take them out, this can be when you need them to be the most obedient especially if you are letting off the lead on walks.
If you are getting a new dog and are unsure how to prepare for the new member of your family then hopefully, these few tips will help you to gain an understanding and make sure your dog has the best chance of settling into your home.
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