Affection, companionship, loyalty and love. Those are only a few words that describe what a dog can bring to people’s lives. Even though having a new puppy running around the house might be a great thing, there are many things to consider before making this decision. After all, you will be committing to having the life of your next best friend in your hands. If you are thinking about getting a new pet, here is everything you need to know:
Don’t treat your dog like a baby
The way your dog behaves is the way you allow it to. That starts when you begin to humanize it and treat it like a child. Of course, you can show love and affection to it, but dogs are animals with pack instincts and you should act like their leader. All you must do is give it direction and orders with conviction and love.
Know how to communicate correctly
Asides from basic commands (sit, heel and lay, for example), dogs do not understand phrases. The best way to communicate with it is through body language. Try to always demonstrate a confident body language, so that your pet can identify you as the leader of the pack. The same goes in the opposite direction, so you must try to understand what your dog is trying to say.
Respect your dog’s needs
Having a dog, in some sort of way, is like having a child. That means that you must respect their physical and mental needs. To solve that, you not only should give it lots of love and affection but also include in your daily routine the time to play and to take it for walks. Keeping your dog’s mind busy with mental exercises is a great way to avoid the development of obsessions.
Let your dog socialize with other animals and humans
The more your pet keeps contact with other species, the better. Without proper socialization, dogs can become aggressive or even afraid to leave the house. To know if it is safe to approach other dogs, download the K9 TO K9 app.
Dogs are wonderful creatures that can live a long and happy life by your side if you do your part correctly. Now you are ready to enjoy every benefit that having a furry friend can bring.