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First Time Dog Owner? Here’s What You Need to Know

Adopting a dog, or a pet of any kind, is a serious responsibility that you have to fulfill for years to come. Among the available choice of pets, dogs are by far the most popular; 40% of Americans adopt dogs. 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.

There’s a lot to learn about the proper care of a dog, most of it you discover along the way but below are the top factors to keep an eye out for.

1. Supervise 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. When dogs eat the wrong kind of food, it can result to uncomfortable digestive issues and an unhappy dog. Among the many food that you should never give these dogs are wine, grapes, garlic, oils, avocado and the junk food that humans tend to eat. Another issue is when dogs don’t drink an adequate amount of water; when this happens, you should either add some more water into a bowl of dry food or add wet food in their diet. 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. Disciplining the Dog

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. 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

One of the many reasons why dogs and people get along well is because both are social creatures. Dogs love to socialize with other animals apart from humans, just as long as they’re exposed at an early age. Dogs that outright snap at people who just happen to pass by are likely left undisciplined by their owners or have little to no 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.