Posted on January 29, 2020
Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting experience in your life. You’re full of love, happiness, and adoration for the new member of your family. Just like human babies though, a young dog does not yet know the ropes of how they are supposed to handle themselves inside and outside the household, and it’s up to you to teach them the way. Dog training can range from just the basic necessities to extremely advanced, but most families and pet owners are just going to need to make sure that their new puppy can live comfortably in their home and symbiotically with the family. The most basic types of training to get your dog used to their new living situation and their life moving forward are leash training, crate training, and behavioral training.
If you live in the United States (which most of our readers do, so likely you do too) you’re almost undeniably going to have to train your dog to be comfortable on a leash any time you bring them to a public place like a city center or a park. Leash training is an important stage in a dog’s development because it helps them get exposed to the world outside of your household and teach them how to interact with other dogs, animals, and humans. It’s important that they learn not to be afraid of others so that they don’t become scared or aggressive when approached.
Things can get really bad if they start to attack when they get scared, so it’s a good idea to get them used to the outside world from a young age. Don’t push them beyond their limits though, exposing them to too much at a time can have the exact opposite of the desired effect. Once your dog gains some comfort you can move to a training collar to give them more space to run while still keeping them in control. This is great for taking them on walks in the woods or in larger parks where it is permitted.
Then there’s training your dog for knowing how to behave inside the house, and the tried and true method for this is crate training. The point of training a dog in a crate is so that they have their own place within your home, rather than treating it like a cage you keep them in when you don’t want to deal with them running around. It’s an excellent way to get them to stay off the furniture and generally misbehave by chewing, scratching, or barking excessively. It’s even helpful with housebreaking them, as they’ll learn that they don’t want to eliminate where they sleep. Successful crate training will result in the dog wanting to spend time in their crate without you having to put them in there, or even having to close the door to keep them inside.
Last but not least is behavioral training to help fine-tune your dog’s so that they work well with your lifestyle. Proper crate training should help them with housebreaking, but you’ll probably need to give them one last push to make it stick. Plus, you’ll want to make sure that they don’t bark excessively, and it’s also a good idea to get them to respond to a few commands like “heel”, “sit”, “stay”, etc. so that they know that you’re in charge when unexpected situations come up. Much of behavioral training can be accomplished with treats and kind words, and if you want to take it one step further you can check out some clicker training.
Updated on January 19, 2020
Dogs are very social creatures. Because of that, you will need to spend some quality time with them to bond and be closer to you. The problem is that our lives tend to get busy that often times we forgot or just simply do not have the time. There are times that you would just like to stay at home and browse to your social media. But it is a need to spend time with them though. So if you have the time, grab that opportunity. It will not be a waste, because it is time spent with your beloved dog who is also your family.
The good thing is that it does not have to be complicated. You can just do something simple that can be added to your routine or schedule.
One of our basic needs is to have some exercise. Dogs need them too because they all need to be fit. What a great way to be beneficial if you do it together. You might one of those who is not a fan of gyms. With your dog, you can do some running, hiking, or walking. Not only you get to exercise, but you also get to bond together. Exercising will also be a fun activity for you both.
2. Go to Parks
For dogs, it is necessary for them to go for walks to do their business. You can take them to parks to do that, but there are also other things that can happen. It is a great place for them to meet other dogs and play. It is also good for you. It will be easy because you already have the topic to be connected with others. With that, both of you will get to relax and got to be outside.
If your dog is not too comfortable in meeting new ones, you can also set up a playdate with ones they know. If you have a friend who is also a dog lover, it will be great for you to catch up with them while your dogs get to be social with one another. This way, both you and your dog will get to be more social.
4. Explore Shops
If you are a person who loves to shop, why not do it with your dog? All you need to do is search for stores and shops that allow dogs, so you can shop all of your needs together. If it is an errand to a store that allows pets, do that too. It is a great opportunity to spend time with them even if you are just doing a chore.
5. Road Trip
Dogs love seeing new sights. When the weather allows you to, you can go on for rides around the neighborhood or nearby areas. You can also have them on your next vacation that involves a road trip. That way, they will able to explore and enjoy the journey.
You can also do something helpful to others. Dogs are often used for therapy because they are sociable and have the ability to relieve stress. All you need to do is have them trained and get a certificate. After that, you can go to hospitals or any other place to make others happy.
Updated on January 23, 2020
Decisions are usually hard to make. There are certain reasons that are with it. One of those choices is choosing a pet, particularly, between a cat or a dog. Some people already know their preferences. But for you, you really don’t. You may be one of those people who do not care because you love both of them. But now it is time for you to choose one. It would be alright to have them both, but it will be costly so having one will be good enough.
What would be good to have? Here are the things you should consider:
First and foremost, you will have to know about your personality and lifestyle. We have a long history with dogs, and that is why they are called man’s best friend. They are a loyal and great company. But that does not mean cats cannot be our friends though. Cats are just more laid back. They are also loyal and a great company, only in a different way. It will certainly depend upon your lifestyle. For busier people, it is advisable to get cats, because they are more independent, unlike dogs that will need walks and company. And if you are more outgoing and outdoor type then dogs are great to have. You can bring them along for walks and hikes. They are also more sociable. If you are more introverted and like staying indoors, cats are great company for you. Aside from being independent, they also love their spaces much as you do.
Another thing to consider is training. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to train them. Just like before, it will depend upon your lifestyle. In hindsight, dogs are easier to train while cats need more time because of their laidback personality. What is great with cats though is their natural instinct to be clean. Because of that, they are easy to be house trained. They are also cleaner. Once they know where the litter is, they know where they will do their business. Dogs, on the other hand, need more time. But when it comes to other things like communicating with others, dogs have more advantages.
Think about where you live. Do you have your own house or an apartment? If you have your own house, especially with a backyard, it will be much easier to have a dog, because they have more space to run around. Cats are usually happy to have their own space, so size does not really matter. You can also have dogs in an apartment, but you have to make sure to have them out as much as you can.
The cost is also different between them. Dogs tend to be more expensive because of food and toys then add the vet and other bills. With cats, you will just need to think mostly is their food. Their litter and vet bills are just an addition. They are more independent and are happy to play with anything they get interested in.