If you live in one of the 46 million U.S. households that have at least one dog, you should probably know how to take care of your furry friend.
Here are a few important things that every beginner dog owner should know:
If you don’t have the right equipment for your dog, the training process is going to be extremely difficult. You can’t just get a new puppy, bring him or her home, and expect everything to be fine. You have to prepare before your new friend comes home. Have a high quality collar and leash, a comfortable sleeping area, fun dog toys, and plenty of dog food and bowls.
Dog Proof Your Place
Make sure that you take an in-depth look around your house and make sure there are no obvious hazards that could potentially harm your dog. Focus on the walls first, but then look at various shelves, doorways, counters, tables, and outside structures that might cause some issues.
Plants should be kept far out of your dog’s reach. A few types of plants can actually be very poisonous to dogs so they should be nowhere near them. The pots that hold the plants can be heavy as well, so make sure they’re out of reach so your dog can’t knock them over and cause damage to anything or anyone else.
Other potentially dangerous items to keep away from dogs include candles, glass containers, hairdryers and curling irons, and any containers that have medication inside.
Consult Professional Dog Trainers
Professional dog trainers can offer assistance for any beginner dog owner including dog obedience training, behavioral training, and just general pet care. Trying to train a dog on your own, especially for the first time, can be very difficult. If you work with professional dog trainers who know how to handle any type of dog, in any environment, you’ll have a much better chance of having the dog of your dreams.