So you’ve decided to take the leap and add a puppy to your family, and you couldn’t be any more excited about it, albeit a little anxious as well. While you are excited to grow your family, you are also a little nervous about making sure that when your new addition joins your home that he or she grows up to be a healthy, happy, and well-behaved dog.
The good news is that this is much easier than you would think to do, the key to having a dog that’s happy and healthy and knows what is and isn’t acceptable behavior is all about how you bring them up. Raising a well mannered, happy, and healthy dog is just like raising kids, it’s all down to the way you choose to raise them. This means that from the get-go you need to have a plan in place for how you want to raise your puppy.
To help you raise a dog that is not only happy and healthy but that you can be proud of, here are some tips and pieces of advice.
Training classes are crucial
You might not be keen on taking your pup to training classes, but they really do help when it comes to taming your pooch. Honestly, training classes can be an absolute godsend because not only do they help you train your new addition but they also help you to get to grips with what it takes to be a good owner. Training classes are just as much for the dog as they are for the owner, but a lot of people don’t realize that.
Don’t underestimate the importance of quality food
A lot of pet owners make the mistake of thinking that all pet food is born equal, but it’s not, which is why it’s so important to be selective about what you feed your pup. Some pet foods are packed full of preservatives, additives, and all sorts of nastiness, so you want to pick a pet food that you know is nice and natural. It’s also important to pick pet food that’s made for your dog’s size, shape, and activity levels. For instance, say you have a German Shepherd dog, then you will want to find the best food for your large dog. You won’t want a food made for smaller dogs, you will want something that’s made for bigger dogs and protects against problems they are prone to, such as joint issues, for instance. If you are unsure about which food to pick, ask your vet for advice.
Socializing is a must
If you want your puppy to grow up into a happy and well-mannered dog, then socializing him or her from a young age is crucial. Studies have shown that dogs that are not socialized from a young age are more likely to be aggressive and unpredictable with both other dogs and humans. The best way to socialize a smaller puppy is at a puppy party with other young puppies. Then, as your dog gets older you can then take them to the park and group dog walks to meet other dogs and people.
For a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog, take note of the tips and advice above.