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The Good, The Bad & The Pugly: Life As A New Dog Owner


If you’ve just taken the small step into huge happiness by getting yourself a puppy for the first time, congratulations. It is one of the most thrilling, exciting, endearing and rewarding things you’ll ever do or experience. But that doesn’t mean it is easy. Oh no. Becoming a puppy-parent comes with unwavering responsibility and that starts from day zero.

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So to help you start your new life with as much ease as humanly (or doggily) possible, here are some tips and tricks:

Time To Get Puppy-Proofing

This is going to seem like a pretty extreme and silly method to go about making your home safe, but we suggest you get on your hands and knees and start looking at your home from a puppy’s eye line. So head into each room and have a look at what may be classed as dangerous. This means things like electrical cords and cables, poisonous plants, precariously placed heavy objects and just about anything else you may be able to think of.

A Quick Trip To The Local Vet

The moment you get a dog you need to book an appointment with a certified vet. There is no one better qualified or better placed to give your beloved pooch a quick once over than a vet. But isn’t just about their current condition because a vet will also give you expert advice when it comes to vaccinations, fleas, ticks, exercise and just about anything else you can think of. Of course, it can take anything up to three weeks to get an appointment, so try and avoid public places until then.

It’s A Dog Eat Dog World

We all gotta eat, and we tend to prefer good food. It is the very thing that fuels our bodies. So why should it be any different for your pet pooch? You have a duty of care to your dog and that means giving your dog the best food possible. But it’s not as simple as you may think. There are a lot of variations that come into play, such as breed, gender size, and age. Luckily, there are sites like DogFoodAid.com which does all the hard work for you, by explaining what is out there for different puppies. These services will be able to suggest something with all the nutrients your growing bundle of energy requires.

Get Your Runnings Shoes Out

A dog needs to be exercised regularly and that means that you’ll end up exercising pretty regularly too. This can be seen as a good thing. You may be thinking that this doesn’t apply to you because you went out got yourself a notoriously lazy and stubborn dog, like a bulldog, but all dogs need regular exercise. As pets.webmd.com explains, it is good for their overall health. It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous, it could just be a walk or a game of fetch, but it needs to happen daily.

Good Behaviour Is Good

When it comes to laying down the rules of your home, you’re going to need to be consistent with your requests, and you’re going to need to be consistent with your rewards. Good behavior will be repeated if they know they get a treat at the end, and that will be the bedrock for good habits. They will also learn quicker. That’s gotta be reason enough to start tossing treats left, right and center.


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