Before you welcome a new dog into your heart (and your home), the chances are high that you’ll have spent a great deal of time with other people’s dogs. Perhaps your family had a pet dog while you were growing up, or maybe many of your friends have some canine companions.
Spending time with other people’s dogs and owning one yourself are two completely different concepts. In a sense, it is like having a child dependent on you for their every need. Your dog will be your responsibility, and you have to look after it, regardless of whether it is healthy or has any medical conditions.
With those facts in mind, you might be wondering if there are some things other dog owners don’t tell you about when it comes to canine ownership. Well, I’m afraid the answer is yes! But don’t worry; in today’s blog post, you will learn about some of the things other dog owners won’t tell newbies like you. Here’s what you need to know:
Your dog won’t always listen to you
Just like an annoyed child, dogs won’t always want to listen to what you have to say – nor will they want to follow your instructions! The good news is that you can overcome such issues through training. Perhaps the most common example is to reward your dog when they do something that you want.
All dogs are intelligent animals, and they will soon grasp what you want them to do. However, if you let them do what they want all the time, it can be hard to change their behavior!
Even clean dogs can get fleas
Let’s assume that you are quite strict with your cleaning regime at home, and you ensure your dog has regular baths and is often groomed. Despite taking such measures to ensure your dog is clean, they might still come home with some uninvited guests: fleas!
They can get fleas from just about anywhere, so it’s important to keep on top of the problem if it happens. You can buy flea drops for dogs that are easy to administer and without the need to visit your vet. Should you discover that your pooch has fleas, be sure to wash their bedding at a high temperature to kill them. You will also need to thoroughly clean the room that your pet frequents.
Your dog won’t always alert you when it needs to empty itself
One amazing thing you can do with dog training is teaching your pet to tell you when it needs to go outside to do its business. Your dog might stand by the door and wag their tail, for example. Or, they could even “nod” towards the door, telling you that it wants to go outside!
The trouble is, that doesn’t always happen. If your pooch is ill, it might not make it to the door and need to relieve itself on its bed or your floor! ALL dog owners experience this from time to time, and it’s unavoidable.
Your dog wants to know what love is
While it’s debatable whether dogs understand the concept of love, what we do know is that they are loyal. If you look after your dog, they will stick by you through thick and thin. Of course, that can sometimes be a problem if you try to introduce someone new into their lives (i.e. a new partner or family member) and that person comes to live with you!
Thanks for reading today’s blog post. See you soon!