Must-Follow Rules for New Dog Owners

Every dog owner wants a healthy and happy pet, but it isn’t always easy. Dogs need care and attention to thrive, and they can be difficult to manage at times. To make sure that your new dog is healthy and happy, follow these three rules:

Make Your Dog Comfortable With Boarding

Whether you travel for business or are going on a long vacation, it’s important to consider the stress your dog feels when left alone in an unfamiliar environment. When dogs are stressed, they tend to shut down, avoid eating and drinking, and not act like themselves. They might not play with other dogs or won’t be as friendly as normal.

New dog owners should start getting their dog comfortable with boarding scenarios almost immediately. In the first few months of having a dog, get them used to staying at a friend’s house, a pet sitter, a doggie daycare, or a boarding facility. This ensures that when the time comes that you do need to travel that the place you leave them is already like their second home and they’re familiar and comfortable.

Provide Proper Training

Let’s face it: proper training is very important to you and your dog’s life. It can be an uphill battle, but the rewards are well worth it! Here are some mistakes to avoid when dog training:

Don’t let puppies do whatever they want. 

One of the biggest mistakes that new dog owners make is letting their dogs do as they please when they’re young puppies. Your puppy will grow up and think they can do whatever they want because you didn’t teach them any boundaries and expectations in their foundational stage of life with you. If you don’t want your dog on the bed or the couch as an adult, don’t let them do it as a puppy!

Don’t wait for problems to start training

You’ll be much better off getting started early! If you wait until there’s already been some bad behavior from your pup before trying out some training techniques then chances are things won’t improve much past where they were before. If you’re unsure where to start, establish a relationship with a trainer that you feel comfortable with.

Build a Healthy Relationship With Your Dog

Training is not going to solve all of your problems. It’s actually only a small part of having a good relationship with your dog. New dog owners should remember that they are the ones who brought an animal into their life and home and understand that they shouldn’t expect the dog to act accordingly. 

Your dog is a companion for life, not an accessory. Be sure to do proper research on your dog breed so you can fully understand your dog’s primal instincts, natural behaviors, wants, needs, thresholds, and more. By being patient and respectful to your animal, you’ll see the return tenfold. 

More Dog Training Tips & Tricks

Bringing a dog into your home can be exciting, but it can also be very overwhelming in the beginning. There is a lot of misinformation out there, which is why I have created this blog post and video to help new owners with the basics. If you still have questions, I highly recommend talking with a dog trainer in your area who can assist you further.

You can also find me on  YouTube for more helpful dog training tips, or schedule a dog training session with me and my staff in Clifton Park, NY. We provide private and group classes, board and train, as well as online training options. For more info, give us a call at (518) 952-7873.