In the United States, 69 million households (or 70%) have dogs, compared to 45.3 million households with cats. If you’ve decided to add a four-legged family member to your home, it can be hard to know how to be a good dog parent. We all want to teach them to be great members of society and to be the best versions of themselves possible.
But if you’re new to dog adoption, you probably have no idea where to begin. Luckily for you, we’ve got all the info you need.
Keep reading for the best tips for first-time dog parents. Now, you can get to work making your dog the best version of themselves possible.
1. Choose a Breed
When choosing a breed, a pet owner needs to consider the age and size of their household. A larger breed may not fit in a one or two-bedroom apartment. Also, consider the breed’s energy levels and grooming needs.
For first-time dog parents who are thinking about adopting a Pocket Bully Dog, it is important to be aware of all about pocket bully dogs. Though, like other dog breeds, these little pups are known to be a bit more energetic and require more exercise than others. Do research and ask your veterinarian for advice to find out if the breed best suits your lifestyle and energy level.
2. Prepare Your Home
Make sure your home is pet-proofed. That means extra-secure doors and windows or gates off certain rooms or areas could be beneficial.
Remove access to any hazardous items, such as cleaning products, electrical cords, small items, etc. Designate an area in your home as the dog’s space, this should include a safe place, such as a crate or bed for them to be in when you’re not around.
3. Get the Right Dog Food
It is important to get high-quality foods that provide the right nutrients for the pet’s age, size, and activity level. Check labels and look for food specific for puppies or adult dogs.
Look out for artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, as these could be detrimental to their pup’s health. Be sure to read ingredient lists and select foods with quality and natural ingredients.
4. Train Your Dog
Good training is key for new dog parents to set their furry friends up for success. Establish a structured routine for your dog. This can include meal times, exercise, and potty breaks, and should remain consistent.
Patience and consistency are key, you’ll need to be firm when enforcing commands but also be gentle and encouraging while teaching them. Use positive treats and rewards to reinforce good behavior.
5. Set Up a Regular Grooming and Exercise Routine
Groom your dog once or twice a week, depending on the breed. Brushing their fur or fur trimming and nail clipping can help keep them looking clean and prevent any infections due to dirt.
Establish a good exercise routine for your pup that involves activities like long walks, games of fetch, or playing in the dog park. Regular exercise can help your pet with physical and mental development.
Embracing Being Dog Parents
Being a new dog parent can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Hopefully, these tips helped make things a bit easier.
Remember to keep your pup’s safety your number one priority while also having fun and enjoying every minute with your furry friend. Don’t miss out on being great dog parents: research, plan, and make sure you get the right supplies for your pup. Good luck!
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