As a dog owner, whether you are new at it or not, there are a few things to keep in mind when you become the proud owner of a new puppy or even an older dog.
I’ve always had dogs in my life for as long as I can remember, so I thought I would share some of what I have learned over the years with you….
A Few Basics to Remember
Before going out and picking out the perfect puppy or adopting an older dog, please remember:
You are responsible for the health and well-being of your puppy or dog. You can’t just put your dog up on a shelf and forget about it if you get tired of doing all the daily things your dog NEEDS!
- Fresh Water
- Love and Attention
- Health Care (shots, checkups, and emergency care as needed)
Your dog will need these things for the rest of its life…so, be prepared to do what it takes to do these tasks for your dog every day for the next 10-15 years, more or less.
Yes, owning a dog is a lot like having kids….actually, our dogs are considered part of the family…they are our furry kids! So, remember that once you become a dog owner, you are now this dog’s “parent” when you think about it.
Although owning a dog is a lot of work and responsibility, it is also very rewarding! Who else will show you such complete and unconditional love every day…whether you make mistakes or not, your dog will always be happy to greet you at the door when you come home, ready to cheer you up with all of its silly antics!
What is best? A purebred or mixed breed dog?
It doesn’t really matter! They all need the same basic healthcare, food, socialization, and training no matter what kind of dog. Although some breeds may need more attention than others in certain areas.
For example, some breeds are known to be more active dogs and need more exercise and attention than others.
Otherwise, you may be in for trouble. Chewed up furniture, shoes, and yes, even doors! Believe me, I know from experience with our black lab/husky mix, Thor, whom we owned and loved, many years ago. As a pup, he was not happy with being left alone for even a couple of hours in our kitchen.
At the time, we did not realize how energetic he would be, especially as a pup. Oh well, live and learn! We got home after a couple of hours and we were in for a big surprise! What a mess! We never left him alone in the kitchen after that! Time for crate training! ….and a new door for the kitchen!
Oh, and believe it or not, new blinds for the kitchen window too! How a three or four month old puppy can reach a window so high up, I still do not know to this day! I just wish I had known more back then…that puppies do get bored too and will chew just about anything.
I am hoping to be able to help you, fellow dog lovers, to avoid something like this happening. After we realized what we needed to do to keep our house from being wrecked and how to keep him happy, this same puppy grew up to be a very good dog.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility and even a lot of work. But they are worth the extra effort! Life would definitely not be the same without them…they’re always there to greet you at the door and welcome you home with wagging tails! Dogs are always aiming to please, loyal (unless someone else happens to have something good to eat that they want), and just want attention from their people.
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That is why I started this web site to be able to help out fellow dog lovers and learn even more about dogs and the things that can be of benefit to our beloved fur balls!