New dog owner? Are you wondering what the necessities are about doggie diet, healthcare and behaviour? You have come to the right place! A dog has no interest how big your house is or what designer bag you have. A dog does not care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb, just give it your heart and they will give you theirs.
Here are 5 top tips for new dog owners:
1. Get organised
Being organised is the most important thing when you get a new dog as trust me, they aren’t easy and take time. BUT the cuddles and plays you get in return make it totally worth it! I advise having a shopping list of the essentials you may need, for example:
- Collar with tag – preferably with a phone number and name on
- A lead – if you want it to be more comfortable for your dog, then grab a harness with it
- Food and tasty treats – don’t panic if you don’t know what food to get! It will be addressed later on in my blog.
- A cosy bed or two!
- Food and water bowl
- Poo bags
2. Own your routine
What’s your routine? Jump out of bed, have a shower, have some coffee, go to work? Or drag the kids out of bed, send them to school and work from home? Whatever your routine is, it is the basic structure of your days and an easy way to stay on track. Your dog will benefit from a similar routine each day.
If you can, feed at the same times each day. And always walk 15 mins after food.
3. Start dog training early and continue over the years.
The best way to train your dog is to go to classes. But if it is not possible then train in the garden. Teach your dog some simple training basics to give them some structure. For example, you can teach them the most important training aspect – recall. Make it fun and see if you can do it little and often. Patience is key.
4. Dog healthcare
Your dogs healthcare is in your hands and is super important. Register with a recommended local vet.
- Keep vaccinations up to date
- Keep claws trimmed
- Check ears and clean them regularly
- Ensure they drink enough water
- Dental care
5. Dog owner etiquette
As a dog owner, you need to make sure you are considering other dogs and other people as well as your own.
Always pick up poo. I would advise having biodegradable bags that are easy to carry around. You should always put it in the bin when picked up to show respect and responsible behaviour.
Have a reliable recall – this is very useful because it allows others to feel safe when approaching your dog.
Don’t expect everyone to love dogs. You have a responsibility to make sure people feel safe around your dog and be mindful that some are scared of dogs.
I hope you found our 5 top tips helpful. ENJOY the time you spend with your dog. As I said at the beginning, you give them your heart and they will give you theirs.
Love Luna X