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Guest Post: Five Tips for New Dog Owners

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Welcoming a dog into your house can be a very exciting experience for new owners. However, there are many steps to take to ensure that your dog is fully acclimated to his new environment. Whether you’ve chosen to adopt a dog or found your new companion from a breeder or local shop, keep in mind these tips to help prepare for welcoming your dog into his new forever home.

1) First day nerves.

Often, very young puppies will have a difficult time adjusting to new surroundings and being without their mother. They may express their uneasiness through barking, whining or howling when they should be sleeping. Rest time was when they were closest to their mother and they still crave the nurturing she bestowed upon them. To help ease their homesick pains a warm water bottle wrapped well in towels, or a ticking clock can mimic the security their mother provided them.

2) Decide on crate training.

Many find that crate training is one of the quickest methods for teaching boundaries. Crating does not have to be a negative experience; many dogs love their crate as they know it is their own secure, quiet spot to rest. Also, crate training gives owners peace of mind to know their dog will not get into trouble when they aren’t available to oversee their exploring. For those who are welcoming an adopted dog home it is recommended to find out from the shelter what methods were used to train him, as it may be difficult to crate train a dog that is unfamiliar with this process.

3) Know his nutritional needs.

A veterinarian can help recommend food and nutritional supplements for your dog based on age, breed and build. Typically, many prefer to research all-natural dog products that are gentler on a dog’s system than store-bought canned items. Speak to a professional and find out what products are available, and that fall within your price range!

4) Train them.

Outside of the traditional “sit” and “stay” commands, puppies need to understand how to control their playful energy. Often times an abundance of energy can lead to negative behaviors such as jumping, nipping and stealing of food. These actions can be controlled with some training, which will help them develop into a pleasant companions and social pets. There are a variety of do-it-yourself training methods available, or perhaps a professional dog trainer would be of use to your dog’s needs.

5) Socialize your dog.

This is a critical part of your dog’s development. Dogs that are exposed to many different types of people and animals are more comfortable roaming in the outside world. They will learn how to greet others and not fear other dogs.

Liz Demcsak is a writer from Wet Nose Guide, a nationwide dog care directory for owners on the go. When you’re on the road, let Wet Nose Guide help you find everything from dog vets to dog runs to make your pup feel right at home wherever life may bring you.

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