You need to know about dogs and puppies. You may have the mindset that each dog at your local shelter or pet store is a cuddly creature who will keep you warm at night. What could happen may differ completely from this. Now that it is yours, it is your responsibility to make sure your new friend learns how to behave properly.
Never allow your dog to ride in a car unsecured. Sitting on your lap or in the front seat is dangerous both to him and your ability to drive. Always place him in an appropriately sized pet carrier or invest in a pet seat belt that will keep him snug and safe in the middle of the back seat.
If you are in the market for a new puppy, make sure you will have enough time to devote to his training. On average, you need to take a young dog outside to do his business eight times a day and that can take a lot away from your schedule. Training takes more time and patience than most people realize.
Be a good neighbor and discourage your dog from barking, unless he is alerting you to danger. Most people get used to the sound of their dog yelping, but others find it a constant annoyance. If your dog barks often, consider talking to your vet about what could be causing it and how you can put a stop to it, for everyone’s sake.
When buying your dog’s food, do not get the cheap stuff. Your dog will be healthier and happier if you feed it the highest quality food. Though better brands cost more, it is worth it to know your dog is receiving the nutrients it needs.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. This is especially true if you have small children at home. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
If you have a pure bred dog, make sure you educate yourself on what type of problems are “normal” for that breed. Check your dog’s genetic background if possible to determine if he is more likely to develop certain medical conditions. Also, talk to your vet about things that can be done to increase the odds for your dog’s breed.
If you breed your dog, do so responsibly. The AKC advises all owners of pure-bred dogs to make an effort to advance the breed and discard all other motivations, such as money or experimentation. Consider the repercussions of your actions before allowing your dog to mate and create a litter of puppies.
Owning a new puppy is very similar to having a new baby. Puppies need a lot of attention and have to be taken care of constantly. They are not ready to be left alone for long periods of time and need to have a fair amount of attention devoted to them.
There is a lot of great advice here, so don’t pass it by. Use whatever you’ve learned and apply it and you should have the dog that you’ve always dreamed of owning. Make that dog a happy one that loves you unconditionally.