Pet the Pooch – A Dog Owner’s Guide to Raising the Perfect Pawed Pal!

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Being a great pet owner is all about the way you raise your pet. There are so many things you need to make sure you get right when you are raising your dog. There are lots of dos and don’ts and plenty of issues you may encounter. These are some of the best things you can do to raise the perfect pawed pet.

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Establish Ground Rules

As soon as you get your dog back home, you need to establish some ground rules. Make it clear to your new pet where they are allowed to go and where they aren’t. It’s crucial that you do this as soon as you can before your dog gets comfortable. Establishing ground rules, as you do with children, is a big part of keeping your dog disciplined and showing that you are in charge. But it also shows the, that some things are unsafe and that you’re looking out for them.

Who’s the Boss?

The best way to deal with animals, and, in particular, pets, is to establish dominance early on. You need to make sure your dog understands who the boss is. You are the alpha, and they have to do what you instruct them. Of course, respect is important and is a two-way thing. But, you need to establish who is in charge as early as you can. One of the best ways to do this is to take them for a walk right away. Make sure the dog stays behind you at all times and put yourself in the driving seat. Dogs need order and regulation in their lives, and you are there to provide that. Raising the perfect dog starts here so make sure you get this part right.

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Find Out More About Your Dog

Any good dog owner will do what they can to find out more about their animal. This is really important for helping you understand your dog better, and being a better owner. You may have done a bit of research before you actually bought the dog. But it can’t hurt to do more now that you’re an owner. The internet is such a great resource these days for researching. You can find out anything about dog breeds from Labradors to cross-breeds like teddy bear puppies online. Taking the time to finds out more about your dog is really important because it will help you connect on a deeper level and raise your pet better.

Choose the Right Food

You’ve got to make sure you pick the right food for your dog. Now, many people debate about whether dogs should be given just wet food, just dry food, or a combination. As a general rule, you’ll find that a combination is usually the best approach to take with this sort of thing. You need to make sure your canine is eating plenty of food that has nutrients and minerals. Dried dog food is really good for giving the animal a healthy intake. Then wet food works well as sort of a treat. You drop need to be careful about feeding your dog things that aren’t meant for them. This is probably okay on occasion, but, if you do it too much, they won’t want their regular food.

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Discipline is Important

Just as it is with children, discipline is very important with your dog. It’s crucial that you go out of your way to show discipline and let your pooch know its place. Yes, it’s your pet and a member of the household. But every other member of the family is more important than the dog, and they need to know this. That’s why you have to keep them disciplined and punish them when they step out of line and disobey you. The earlier you do this, the more it will keep your dog in line. They will become used to what is and isn’t acceptable. Discipline leads to a well-behaved dog that is unlikely to intimidate people or step out of line. But it’s important not to punish your dog on a regular basis. It’s been proven that punishment reduces a dog’s desire to spend time with you, and might affect the dog’s decision-making.

A Healthy Canine is a Happy Canine

It’s also important to keep an eye on the health of your dog and make sure you are looking after him. The health of your dog is really important if you want your family pet to be around for a while. Dogs are very active, and they have very complex bodies. So you need to make sure you keep an eye on their behavior and actions. Your dog will generally be able to communicate with you if something is wrong. But, nevertheless, you should take your dog for a check-up with the vet on a regular basis. Also, make sure your canine is getting plenty of nutrition in its diet and that you’re feeding it well. A healthy canine is always going to be a happy canine.

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Grooming

Grooming your pooch is essential for keeping them comfortable as well as healthy. That’s why you need to put a lot of time and effort into making sure they are well looked after. There are plenty of grooming tips online that you could use to tend to your dog. However, you might also decide that you’d like to take your dog to a professional groomer to give it the superstar makeover. Keeping your dog well-groomed means keeping it free of fleas and lice, cleaning its teeth and making sure it has a bath. This is a vital part of the process of bonding with your animal, and showing it that you care about it.

Many people in the world own dogs and they have quickly been established as the popular pet of choice. But, how can you be sure that you are raising the best dog possible? Well, in many ways you have to treat your dog’s like surrogate kids. Apply the same principals from a young age, and you will successfully raise an awesome pet.

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