Hi my doggie friends,
The lovely Emma Cook sent Hum & me this article which should help your humans if they are new dog parents 🙂
If you’re a new dog parent, get ready for one of the most fun, rewarding responsibilities of your life. Having a dog, to some, can simply seem like unnecessary work. However, many pet parents realize that having a furry friend to spend your days with is priceless and worth any and all of the work that goes into it. If you’ve never owned a dog before, recognize that you’re going to want to train yourself alongside training your pup—here are a few tips to get started.
Learn about dog psychology
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that your dog is not human. They do not think like humans and they do not learn like humans. Puppies do not have the same needs as babies so don’t treat them like a human baby. Learning how dog’s operate at a psychological level will help you understand why your pup acts certain ways and will help you read their behavior. There are many aspects of dog psychology, and understanding how they operate at a deeper level will be critical to communicating your wants and training them effectively.
Prepare your home
If you don’t dog proof your home, chances are you’re going to regret it. Don’t wait for something to go wrong to prepare your home for a puppy. If you leave your shoes in the living room, expect them to get chewed. Dogs need boundaries and limitations—consider investing in a few baby gates to block off certain areas, such as rooms with breakables.
Stay patient with them
Training a dog to do what you ask of them takes time. The worst thing you can do is get angry with your dog during the learning process. It’s important to remain calm and present yourself as the “pack leader” in your dog’s eyes. A calm, authoritative presence is the best way to instill good behavior in your pup.
Expose your pup to new things
Allowing your dog to see new places, people, dogs, sights, and sounds will ensure that they’re comfortable with new people and experiences. Many dogs grow up with anxiety simply because they went so long without experiencing new things. If your dog never sees other dogs, there’s a higher chance of aggression or anxiety.
Make sure their needs are met
At the very least, you need to make sure they’re getting the right amount of food, water, exercise, and stimulation. If you work everyday, consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter a few days a week. If you work in an office job, consider asking your boss if you can bring them to work a few days a week. Whatever you choose to do, try to make sure they’re getting a balance of activity throughout the week. Additionally, make sure they’re seeing a vet regularly and have all of the necessary vaccinations.
Reduce health risks
Make sure that you take time to confront anything that might be a health risk in your home. For those who leave their pup at home during the day, make sure that your HVAC system works properly and that you have clean air filters. A dirty, clogged air filter can overheat and/or damage your HVAC system and lead to expensive electric bills. Keep in mind that once you get a dog, you’ll actually need to replace your air filters more frequently, especially if your pup has a furry coat. Replacing your air filter is also majorly important for those pet owners with allergies or asthma, as dirty air filters damage the air quality of your home and fill it with dangerous pollutants.
Have a plan for travel
If you’re planning any trips, make sure you have a plan for your dog. Whether it means traveling with them, hiring a babysitter, or bringing them to a boarder, you want to make sure that you’re considering your new puppy in your plans. If you’re traveling with your pup, make sure you’re remembering to give them food, water, and bathroom stops.