Doggy Do’s And Doggy Don’ts

You might think that owning a dog is easy, but actually, it can be quite difficult to make the right decisions with your pet pooch. When you decide to get a dog, you have to remember, that you are bringing a new little life into your family. They need your protection, your love, your care, and attention. There are a few mistakes you can make with your dog as a new owner so here are some quick tips on how to get things right the first time.

Do Train Them

There’s a new wave right now of pet owners who aren’t training their dogs. Instead, they are letting them be like wild animals. This seems to be particularly prominent in owners who are purchasing the dog, at least in part, as a protection measure for their property. Not only is this dangerous, but it’s also quite silly. Dogs are very smart animals, but they do need training to learn. As well as this, if you don’t train your dog it might think it’s head of your pack, and you definitely don’t want that.

Don’t Feed Them Your Food

Feeding a dog human food is always a bad idea for one vital reason. Dog food has been specifically made to include everything that a growing dog needs. It’s got all the minerals, vitamins, proteins and nutrients. In the best dog food, the texture is designed to strengthen a dog’s teeth. So, if you constantly feed them human food instead, you could ultimately impact your pet’s health. And even if you don’t, you would almost definitely change it’s weight, leading to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Do Be Patient

Not all dogs learn at the same pace. Some will take months just to get sit down, and others will do it almost as soon as you utter the command. Some will take a little while to learn to stay or come back when they are called, and others will constantly chew the furniture even when they’re told no. It all just depends on the individual tail wagger, but if you are patient, any dog will learn…eventually.

Don’t Yell

It’s often said that you should never yell around young children because they’ll pick up on negative emotions. Well, the same is true for your dog. If you have an argument around a dog, you might notice that they curl up into a ball or lay down with their head between their paws. The dog understands that something is wrong and an argument will bring it’s mood right down. It can even make a dog feel frightened and anxious. That’s why if you do argue, you should always send the dog outside or into another room first.

Do Set Boundaries

Finally, in the first few weeks and months, it’s important that you do set boundaries for your dog. Otherwise, you will find that in no time at all it’s sleeping on your bed, telling YOU when it’s time for a walk and dictating what it wants to be fed. There are no two ways about it. You must make sure your dog knows who’s boss otherwise it will soon be the one walking on four legs, not two.

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan. She enjoys doing many things with her family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with her daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.

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