5 Tips For New Dog Owners
Posted on September 27 2018
Taking on the responsibility for looking after a new pet can be daunting. Whether you’ve decided to get a puppy yourself, or are doing something like house sitting, where you’re taking care of someone else’s pet, it’s important that you have a few ideas in mind as to how best care for the puppy.
If you’re a new pet owner, getting a new pet is an exciting new adventure. You’ll have the chance to get to know your puppy best when it first arrives at home with you. While the whole process of taking on such a responsibility can be daunting, remember that it’s equally scary for your puppy too!
We’ve come up with a list of 5 simple tips that you will help make your first few days as with a new critter in the family that much easier.
Tip #1: Pick a toilet training spot
Your puppy won’t be potty trained by the time it gets to your place. This can be a little messy, especially before they’ve had any potty training at all.
To get started, we recommend setting a spot in the house to tell your puppy to go do its business. You can simply pick up the puppy and put him there when you think he’ll need to use the bathroom.
We recommend using a room in the house without carpet. This will make it much simpler to clean up afterwards!
Tip #2: Be clear about routines
Your new puppy is going to be in a totally new environment, that likely has a different routine than they were used to at the pet shop.
By setting a clear and basic routine, your puppy will quickly become comfortable at home. Have a think about what you want your puppy to experience when it first wakes up. We recommend feeding it breakfast and then taking it for a walk.
Over time, your puppy will become used to this routine and will become much more comfortable at home and around you.
Tip #3: Walking your puppy
While I’m sure you’re super excited to have your puppy at home, and you’d love for it to explore the world, it can be a good idea to give it some consistency first.
That’s why, for the first couple of weeks of having your puppy at home, we recommend taking it on a similar walk each day. This will allow your puppy to become more comfortable with its surroundings, with familiar smells and other dogs along the way.
This will help your puppy build confidence, which in turn will create a calmer, friendlier dog down the track!
Tip #4: Socialise your dog
While you want to balance a familiar walking route early on, it’s also important that your dog is introduced to other dogs too. You’ll find that on these walks, you’ll often pass by other dogs.
This is a great chance for you to let your puppy interact with the other dog. This process is important because it means that your puppy will likely be used to being around other dogs, which in turn will make it friendlier.
Tip #5: Reward for good behaviour
While the science behind behavioural conditioning has changed over time, it’s well understood that rewards for good behaviour and punishments for bad behaviour create certain responses in dogs.
We recommend that early on you focus on rewarding your puppy for good behaviour, rather than for bad. This is because you’re still building an important bond between you and the puppy.
To reward your puppy, simply wait until you see him doing something that you like, and then provide him with something positive, like a cuddle or a snack. This will help your puppy associate the
We hope you enjoyed your tips. Remember, getting a new pet is as much as an adventure for you as it is for your puppy. Make sure that you focus on enjoying the experience!
Here’s another website that you could check out before bringing your puppy home: How to care for your new dog