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What You Need To Know As A First Time Dog Owner

by Higooga Team on April 11, 2022
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You've decided to add a new canine member to your family. While bringing a new puppy into your home is exciting, it can also be intimidating, especially for first-time dog owners.

It's wise to plan ahead of time and know what to anticipate when bringing a new dog home, whether it's a puppy or an older dog.

Here are six things new dog owners may do to make the transition simpler.


Establish a Connection or Relationship

Whether you have a new puppy that requires a lot of house training or an older dog, the most important thing to do is form a strong bond with your new dog.

Dogs, like people, have individual personality traits. Some are more lively and playful than others, and each has its peculiarities. Even if you have some breed-specific expectations for your dog, make sure you're prepared to let them develop their personality.

Take the time to get to know them and learn about their interests. Don't be upset if they aren't interested in learning the amusing tricks or special instructions you planned to teach them or if they ignore the dog treats you thought they would like.

As you create a developing connection with your new dog, you will continue to learn how to be a good dog parent. Patience is needed. Focus on laying a solid foundation as a first-time dog owner to ensure that your new best buddy has the most incredible life possible.


Teach Dog Tricks: Engage Your Dog's Intelligence

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When it comes to dog training and teaching commands and tricks, many people think of the cute and enjoyable ones. In addition to being entertaining, it's a good idea to be helpful with your tricks. Keeping your smart dog safe and out of trouble is as easy as teaching them valuable techniques. These are great methods to "gamify" your dog's life and discourage them from barking or leaping.

Dogs are intelligent animals, and they will enjoy learning and pleasing you with these "tricks" as much as you will. As first-time dog owners, a good tip is to come up with some valuable tricks for them to learn that will make your lives easier together.

Check out our guide to simple dog training to learn about some easy but useful instructions.


Right Food For Your Dog

Your dog will require dog food as soon as possible. Determine whether you want to continue feeding your new dog the same food or begin transitioning them to new food.

The foundation of your dog's health is his diet. However, you may become overwhelmed with so many dog foods to choose from. Learn the fundamentals of canine nutrition before selecting a diet appropriate for your dog's needs. When it comes to dog food, there is no one correct answer. One general rule is that if your dog is doing well on a particular type of dog food, it's fine as long as it is complete and balanced.

Consult your veterinarian to ensure that the food you're using meets your dog's specific nutritional requirements. Specific nutrients can help your animal thrive at different ages or stages.


Purchase Dog Supplies

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Your dog will require a variety of stuff in his new home. How do you know what your dog needs versus what you want? Maybe you get a little of both. Explore the world of dog toys, bowls, beds, leashes, collars, crates, and much more with caution. Check out our store for a selection of great products for your canine buddy.


Be Prepared for Behavioral Issues

A perfect dog does not exist. Most dog owners will face a behavioral problem at some point. The problem may be excessive barking or destructive chewing. On the other hand, you may face a more severe problem such as separation anxiety or aggression. You might even notice that your new dog is urinating in an inappropriate manner, which may be a health issue and not a behavioral one. In any case, being well-informed about canine behavior issues before they become a problem for you and your dog is always a good idea.

Check out this post for a guide to understanding your dog's emotions from his tail language.


What it takes to be a responsible dog owner

As a new dog owner, this is one of the most important things. Being a responsible dog owner entails making a lifelong commitment to your dog and accepting responsibility for your dog's actions. It involves appropriately caring for your dog while also respecting your community. If you can do this, you are unquestionably on the right track.