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1st Time Dog Owners Guide to a Peaceful life with your new Pup!

Post by: Kelley on Apr 12 2017

Dog Training Elite's Checklist for Success:

  PICK A NAME YOU LOVE

Don't just randomly choose a name for your dog that's based on something silly and less meaningful than another. This is for the lifetime of the dog, and you want your dog to respond positively to it, so choose one that's appropriate and made for just you and your dog!

  BEDTIME BARRACKS

It's your choice as to whether your dog will be an indoor or outdoor dog, or even both. Regardless to your choice, your dog's “bedroom” needs to be able to be acclimated for all seasons. Also, for your dog's safety and your sanity, you want to make sure your dog is unable to escape…leaving you on a neighborhood search for your pup!

  FIND DOG FOOD THAT WORKS

As much as pet owners love and want to spoil their pets, there are many other ways to do so, without increasing the risk of diabetes or other health problems that come with a dog's love for leftovers. It's important that once you find a dog food and brand that works for you and your dog, you stick with it and not give variety to its meals. Treats are fine, but it's important to allow your dog's digestive system to get used to a normal routine meal.

  WATER, WATER, WATER

It's crucial that your dog has access to water at all times. I suggest having one water bowl for inside the house, as well as one for the yard. Don't switch up the placement of where you keep the water dish. We wouldn't want to confuse your dog after some hard play, on a hot summer day!

  TAKE TIME TO PLAY

Active play doesn't have to break the bank, your bones, or leave you out of breath, so relax and find a way to look forward to some fun with your new pet! Playful activities vary from a walk around the block, to some backyard fetch, or even tug-a-war with an old t-shirt that you knotted into 'Fido's new toy'! Don't overthink when it's time to play… 20 minutes of fun, then call it a day!

  COLLAR & TAGS

Fortunately, you don't have to sit at the DMV all day to get your dog's identification taken care of! However, tagging your dog is just as important as their owner having proper identification. You can go to any local pet store or Vet Clinic and find a machine that will create the tags for you, giving you a variety of different colors, designs, or makes for the identification tags. The tags should include your name, address, phone number, or the most efficient form of contacting you, if needed. Before you think it's a silly expense, I remind you that part of becoming a pet owner is accepting the responsibility to protect it!

  VET CHECKUPS

Routine physicals are important in not only humans, but for our dogs as well. Just like us, there are some vaccines & shots that are critical for a dog to have at different stages in their life. Many of these can mean the difference in life or death for a dog. Once you bring the dog home, make an appointment at your local Vet for their 1st time checkup, and find out all the necessary shots your dog will need, ensuring their safe and healthy enough to take back home with you. Just because your dog seems healthy, it doesn't make it immune to other bacteria or health hazards that could be carried by other animals or things surrounding it.

  HAVE A KENNEL OR A SITTER

Sure they mean well, but dogs can't help themselves when it comes to being adventurous, especially in a new home! If you're unable to keep eyes on your pet for the moment, or if you're leaving the house, it's important that without a new set of eyes on the pup, you close him/her up in a proper dog crate/kennel. I don't recommend using the same one you would use for transportation to the vet or for riding in the car. A plastic or cloth one can easily be chewed through, leaving you with a dog that's missing in action, and a giant mess to clean up along the hunt! The best type is a metal based crate with a latch at the top and bottom. Though you want to leave room for the dog to stretch out, don't need one that could house a Bull Mastiff, if you have Maltese. A chew toy is fine to leave in the kennel, but don't overdo it with the accessories. Your hope should be for your dog to get used to the kennel enough for it to be properly used in crate training in the dog's future. So, don't make it a play place! Just be sure it's able to protect your dog from escape!

There's so much fun in finding a furry friend that fits in with you and your family, but there is also responsibility and important tasks that need to take place first! Make sure you have this checklist covered from start to end, before bringing home your new friend!