A Dog Isn’t Just For Christmas: Understanding The Demands Of Life With A Puppy

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We’re all in agreement when it comes to the simple fact that puppies are adorable. But plenty of people think that and still don’t prepare themselves for the responsibilities of being a dog owner. It’s so important that you actually understand the demands of looking after a puppy. They’re incredibly cute, and there are plenty of rewards that come with owning a dog, but you have to play your part. Much like having a baby, hard work is required. A dog isn’t just for Christmas, but the advice in this article might help you to start understanding the responsibilities of life with a puppy.

Learn about their needs.

First of all, you need to do your research. If there’s a certain breed of dog you want then find out everything you need to know about that specific type of dog. Different breeds have different needs; that little rhyme should stick in your mind. We’ll talk about this more in the following point, but even the type of food your dog needs to eat will depend on their size, breed, and the type of lifestyle they’ll lead. You need to learn about your dog’s needs before you buy them. If you’ve already got your eyes on a specific puppy then it’s important to learn about their history from the owner or the breeder. This is particularly important for rescue dogs; they might require more training if they’ve suffered physical or emotional abuse.

Whatever their history, of course, your puppy or grown dog is going to need some time to adjust to their new surroundings. They won’t immediately see your home as their home, and that’s because the environment is foreign to them. Make sure you reinforce positive behaviour, but do so in a positive way. Training a dog can be hard, but you mustn’t get annoyed at your puppy whilst they’re still learning; it’s all about understanding why they’re making certain sounds or doing certain things. Again, it’s very similar to understanding a baby when they’re crying. Make sure you prepare yourself before getting your dog. You need to know what to expect; learn about their needs, and learn about what those initial months will be like for your dog.

Stock up on supplies.

As mentioned briefly in the previous point, different dogs have different needs in terms of the food they need. When you stock up on supplies before getting a new puppy, it’s important that you do your research in terms of the things they’ll actually need. This ties into the previous point, but we’re talking about more than training your dog here; we’re talking about providing them with a suitable bed, suitable food, and even a suitable leash. You might want to check out pet supply plus for cheap dog supplies. They have a wide range of options, so you’ll find the things that suit your situation. To reiterate, the important thing is that you do your research.

Make time for your dog.

Finally, the most important piece of advice to take on board is to simple make time for your dog. You can’t be in the house 24/7, but you should make sure they’re being watched by someone 24/7 whilst they’re a puppy. Again, this is much the same as watching a growing baby constantly. You might want to hire a dogsitter whilst you’re out at work. But when you or anyone else in your family is home, you need to make time for your puppy. Showering them with love and attention is essential to their mental wellbeing. That’s the most crucial thing to remember if you want to become a dog owner.

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5 Effective Ways to Deal with Annoying Puppy Sounds

Everybody loves a puppy—until it’s 1 am and you hear one whining or yelping nearby.

It could be yours. It could be your neighbour’s. Either way, it’s annoying!

But there’s a good reason for annoying puppy sounds. it’s nature’s way of helping mother and pup find each other in case they get separated.

So since annoying puppy sounds are part and parcel of getting a new dog, I’d like to walk you through seven effective ways of dealing with your puppy during this period of its young life.

 

Understand Why Your Puppy is Making Annoying Sounds

If you’re anything like me, understanding something takes most of the annoyance out of it.

To begin with, let’s try and understand why your puppy is making whining, yelping or excessive barking sounds.

A common reason is neglecting to spend enough time with your puppy. Remember it has just been taken away from its mother, so it needs all the reassurance it can get. Make time for your puppy and let it know that you’re always around.

Your puppy could be bored. If it’s explored your backyard, it may be time to allow for some extended exploration.

Health, exercise and a troubled past are also reasons for your puppy acting out of fear and making annoying puppy sounds. Let’s look at these and others.

 

Be as Understanding as Possible

Your puppy needs you during this time. Patience will go a long way to establish a strong bond between you and your new dog.

Your dog will slowly learn to trust you and see you as a safe place when they are anxious. Shouting at your dog or punishing them for making certain sounds will not solve the issue. You must understand why your puppy is making those sounds so that you can act accordingly.

So, let’s do some testing.

 

Do Some Tests to Establish Why Your Dog is Making Annoying Sounds

If you can’t pinpoint why your puppy is making annoying sounds, you may want to try a process of elimination.

Start off by listing all the possible ways you could healthily mitigate your puppy’s annoying outbursts. then try them one by one. We’ll be discussing some more below, so get some ideas that have worked for me and other professional dog trainers.

If one thing doesn’t work, try another. Sooner or later your puppy will either grow out of its anxiety, or you’ll pinpoint what the problem is and solve it.

Also look into your puppy’s history. Were they mistreated or starved before you adopted them? What kind of breeder did you buy your puppy from?

 

Take Your Puppy for Regular a Long Walk

Exercise is one of the most important factors for any dog. Your new puppy will love taking walks with you every day. it will strengthen your bond and burn all that excess energy & frustration that’s been building up in your puppy.

Try walking your puppy every day during the same time. Your puppy will have something to look forward to and their anxiety and/or boredom may decrease.

 

Check Your Puppy’s Health

Poor health can also be a common reason for constant yelping and whining.

 

Here’s how to do a quick home health check on your puppy:

  • Check your dog’s ears by selling them. If there’s a bad smell, your puppy may have a skin condition or some kind of parasitical worms.
  • Run your hands over your puppy and check for lumps or wounds.
  • You can also check your puppy’s excrement for blood or any irregularities.
  • Walk with your puppy and check if they are limping in or walking strangely in any way.
  • Eyes and gums should be void of any discoloration like blotchiness and yellow stains.

If you find any of these take your puppy to the vet.

 

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Dogs are man’s best friend. They have these innate loyalty and loving character which are just extremely endearing.

We had a dog before name Blacky.  Like her name, she was as black as a pit.  She was from a local breed, nothing fancy about her.  But we loved her just as much.  I remember her slick, sleek, short black hair.  She had a long tail that wagged at the sight of us.  So we were totally devastated (my Dad even cried) when she died of old age, at least that’s what we thought.  Thinking of it in retrospect, her health gradually declined after she got hit by a motorbike. Living in the countryside without accessible veterinary help, and anyway, Blacky got up, walked as if nothing had happened, we all let it passed as something okay.

Anyway, I am just glad that nowadays, there are widespread proliferation of information about dogs and other animals.  Even in third world countries veterinary clinics, medicine, and vaccines are available.

Let’s equal our dog’s love and loyalty, or perhaps give even more.  They deserve all the care from us.

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