Owning a dog is fun but it also comes with responsibilities and challenges. As a pet parent, it is your obligation to provide your dog all he needs for a happier and healthier life.
Here are some things you need to consider when setting the foundation for your pup to grow into a strong and happy dog.
There is a long list of things you need to tackle to help turn your pup into a great companion and this includes socialization. Socialization is helping your pup interact properly with people, animals, and other dogs.
Socialization does not happen overnight. It can take years (even a lifetime) of work to develop a well-socialized dog. With this, your dog will be able to adjust appropriately with whom he's interacting with, respond well to social cues, will not get into fights, and will have good manners.
Introducing your dog to new people, animals, and other dogs in different situations will help build his confidence. It will also help reduce any chances of him developing aggressive behaviors. Socialization is one of the first steps to take if you want to turn your dog into a great companion.
VACCINES AND BILLS
Owning a dog can be costly. Vaccines are required as early as six weeks from birth to protect your dog from diseases like parvovirus, distemper, rabies, etc. You also have to deworm your dog to prevent or get rid of internal parasites. There can also be additional expenses and bills if ever your dog gets sick, needs surgery, or faces other medical issues. Not mentioning all the things you need to purchase-bowls, dog food, crate, toys, chews, supplements-you name it! Vet bills can be a huge financial burden if you are not prepared for them.
DESTRUCTION AND HAVOC
Dogs are fun-loving, energetic animals but sometimes too much fun creates havoc and destruction of furniture, clothing, household items, etc. Even adult dogs (not just puppies) love to gnaw, scratch, bite, and sometimes break house rules - and this is where you have to expand your patience.
PEEING AND POOPING
In owning a dog, you will likely have to deal with some accidents in the most inappropriate places in your house. A new dog at home requires potty training and housebreaking and this will take time.
In the meantime, while you are both working on it, you can have your fur-baby wear Pet Parents® washable diapers for dogs and washable belly bands for dogs that were designed to prevent accidents from turning into messes. These diapers and belly bands are made with a fur-safe adjustable hook & loop system, sewn-in multi-layer super-absorbent pads, innovative leakproof & waterproof exterior shells, and tight-fit leakproof elastic edges that provide a snug leak-proof fit.
FEARS AND ANXIETY
Another challenge of being a pet parent and owning a dog is dealing with your dog's anxieties and fears. Every dog has their own phobias & triggers and it is very important that you find out what these to be able to respond to them properly and help him live his best life.
Maybe your fur-baby is triggered by loud noises? Stray animals? Visitors at home? There are a lot of possible triggers. Observe your dog and help him get through these trying times.
Nutrition can also be a very challenging factor in owning a dog. There is a lot of dog food on the market available and most claim to be top brands, it can be overwhelming. Finding a high-quality dog food that fits your fur-baby's nutritional needs can be hard work. You also have to consider your dog's age, breed, size, health condition.
Supplements also go with nutrition. Choosing supplements will greatly depend on your fur-baby's health needs. Pet Parents® dog supplements will help ensure your fur-baby's wellness as these are strategically crafted to have more active ingredients than other leading dog supplements. These high-quality supplements will help you maintain and boost your fur-baby’s health, providing only the top value for your dog.
Owning a dog comes with a lot of challenges, indeed. But Pet Parents® can be your right hand in helping you raise a dog that stays happy and healthy for all the years to come.