Caring for Dogs and Puppies (1)
☆Understanding your Dogs or Puppy
Buying a dog or puppy is a huge responsibility.
You must ensure that your new pet is comfortable and healthy and you must care for it too.
♪First Things First
At first, you and your surroundings will be new to your dog or puppy.
It is important to commnucate with it in a loving manner right from the beginning so that it can learn to trust you and form a bond with you.
Any dog or puppy will be restless in its new surroundings and it is your responsibility to make it feel wanted and care for.
Do not try to teach it to do tricks on the first day, nor force it to do things it does not want to do.
Introduce it to your house and all the family member so that it feels like a part of your family.
♪To Show You Care
Bringing a dog or puppy home is a big responsibility.
You have to look after your pet like you would look after a baby.
Youe dog or puppy's health depends entirely on you.
With the support of your family, you have to look after the diet of your pet.
You also have to take time to walk your dog or puppy reqularly so that it gets its exercise.
You will need to teach it manners so that it does not upset other family members or dirty the house.
You should let your dog or puppy smell everything around the house when it arrives for the first time.
This will introduce your dog or puppy to the house and make it feel at home.
To sniff you
A dog relies heavily on its sense of smell.
Allow it to sniff you often so that it learns to recognize you.
Exercise is as important for your dog or puppy as it is for you.
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☆The One I Want
After you have chosen the breed of dog or puppy you want to buy, there are some other things that you have to keep in mind before making the final decision.
♪How do I buy ?
Try to buy your dog or puppy directly from a breeder.
They will be able to tell you about the nature of each dog or puppy under their care.
See for yourself how the puppy or dog reacts when you try to pet it.If it is friendly at first, it is more likely to stay friendly when you take it home.
You also have to decide whether you want a male or a female dog.
♪Going To a Pet Shop
You can buy your dog or puppy from a pet shop.
While this is common, you should consider some things carefully before you do.
A pet shp is unlikely to have as much knowledge of a particular dog or puppy that a breeder would have.
Ask about the background of the dog or puppy and what its vet history is in terms of vaccinations.
An animal shelter is a good option if you want to give an orphaned dog or puppy a new home.
Many dogs and puppies there will have been with a family before, so they might already be housetrained.
Be aware though:sadly, some will have been mistreated in the past. You will have to love them to earn their confidence and trust.
♪Where else could I buy my dog or puppy from?
You could buy your dog or puppy from a rescue organization.
These organization find homes for dogs and puppies that have been abandoned and have no home.
These organization also rescue dogs and puppies when they are not being treated properly.
☆Giving it a home
Once you buy dog or puppy, the next big step is to take it home with you and teach it to adjust to its new surroundings.
Removing your dog or puppy from it's familiar surroundings and making it settle down in your home can be quite a challenge.
Get a new dog basket which it can call its own.
It is also a good idea to initiality use a blanket or towel that it used in its previous home, as this will give it a sense of security.
For the first few days or weeks, try not to leave your dog or puppy completely alone at home for too long.
Being alone may scare it and make it irritable.
♪A Place to Stay
Just as you have your own room, your dog or puppy should have its own too !
Find a warm and quiet place for the dog basket and then try not to move it too much so that your pet becomes comfortable.
It is best to not allow your dog or puppy to sleep on the floor, sofa, couch or your bed as this encourages bad habits.
Line your dog basket with a blanket to make it cozy and comfortable.
When your dog or puppy is sleeping try not to disturb it.
♪A Home of its own
Your dog or puppy will want to make its basket its own space, so don't et any other pets go in the basket.
The dog basket should be kept in the room where everyone in the family spends a lot of time.
This will help it feel loved and a part of the family.
Select a place for your dog or puppy’s food and water bowls that is easily accessible to them, but out of the way of human feet.
Once selected, keep the bowls in the same place.
This way your dog or puppy will learn good food habits and won't be confused.
In some countries, large dogs are kept outdoors in kennels
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Once you've brought your dog or puppy heme, you need to make it your companion and best friend.
♪ A New Friend
To make sure that having a new dog or puppy at home is a happy experience, you should pay attention to the new pet's care and training closely.
If you are friendly with your dog or puppy it will respond in a similar way.
Training your dog or puppy to listen to you or learn tricks can take some time.
You have to be patient and keep trying until it learns.
Make sure you do not get hurt when you play with your pet.
Always use a toy during play, and throw the toy around so that your dog or puppy can run and fetch it.
You must no play rough games with your dog or puppy because it might be cruel and your pet may be encouraged to bite.
Buy toys your pet can chew on to discourage it from chewing things in the house that it shouldn't.