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Adopting A Dog

Too often we have seen this scenario when adopting a dog. The pup is brought home to a happy, loving child just waiting to hold the new puppy. The puppy’s tailadopting a dog is wagging and serious licking takes place. What a wonderful sight!

Unfortunately, the excitement wears off fast. Not so exciting when the new puppy starts peeing on the floors and eating everything in sight, including furniture. Puppies love to jump on everyone and also have a tendency to cry at night when left along. Chore delegation isn’t fun. Things like feeding, walking, cleaning up after and more, start mounting. Who will start filling up the holes the pup digs in your beautiful yard.

Soon the dog will be peeing on the carpet, needing to be fed and watered, jumping on people, begging for walks, creating noise, uprooting plants, digging in the yard and messing around as all dogs do. Adopting a dog entails responsibilities such as grooming, taking it out for exercises, training and caring as well as feeding and watering. This is the bigger scene not usually imagined but just as real.

So here are some things you might want to do before adopting a dog:

Supplies

The necessary supplies that the dog will need are bowls for water and food, a dog ID tags with your name address and phone number on it, a bed, a comb for grooming, a collar and a leash, and dog food as well as treats.

Designating Duties

When thinking of Adopting A Dog, one of the things that imperative before you bring your dog home is to designate duties and agree on what tasks will be done by whom and when they will be responsible for them. For instance, on what days who will be responsible for feeding, walking, grooming and picking up after your pooch?

What designated areas will your new dog are allowed? An untrained dog needs to have limits set. Getting up on furniture and in the beds may be a bad habit to start off with. Dogs like to dominate and can get spoiled quickly. To avoid setting up bad habits, don’t play games with the dog that will train him to challenge you. Roughhouse and tug of war are some good examples.

If the dog starts to nip, take it as a signal that the dog is done playing. Take a break and let your pup rest. It’s not a good idea to encourage wild activities as it teaches your dog dominant behavior. Dogs welcome and understand hierarchy. If he/she learns from the start that you play with authority or is the alpha male, it will be easier to train your dog and allow your dog to follow your commands.

Training Your Dog

Dog obedience training should be started immediately. Teaching your pup to follow commands and learn manners as early as possible is not only vital to the success of your dog fitting into the family, but is also vital to your dog’s safety.

When a puppy is constantly barking, jumping on people, fighting with other dogs or cats, eating trash and furniture, it can be extremely difficult to correct this behavior. Unless corrected early, it can become embarrassing as well as almost intolerable to keep this pet in your home.

Dogs have a variety of temperaments. Some of these temperaments are a result of the dog’s size, breed and of course, training. Although dogs are normally lovely and lively pets, there are some negative traits that will come up after a while. Negative traits can be reduced and even removed by the proper training.

When you think of adopting  a dog, know that this pup is looking for a “forever home” and if you take the time in the beginning to do it right, know that you will not have a family pet but a lifetime companion. Enjoy!