4 Tips Any Dog Owner Should Follow

With the advancement of the internet, dog owners today can find a lot of information online on the best way to treat their dogs. Not all of this information is reliable, however. As a dog owner, you need to sometimes decide for yourself to what extent you should adhere to what you read online.

Raising a pup can be very confusing, especially if you are new to it. It requires a lot of dedication and is a big responsibility. However, there is information on the internet that can help you effectively raise your pup – like the tips that we’re about to offer. Here are 4 tips any dog owner should follow that can make it far easier for you to raise your pet well.

1.     Understand and interpret your pup’s body language

Raising a dog is similar to raising a child in that you will not always be able to understand why your dog is behaving in a particular way. While your child can still talk to you clearly so that you know when they are frustrated, upset, or even hungry, your pet is unable to do so.

As a result, you will have no choice but to decipher the body language of your pup so that you can understand what he is trying to say. This sounds pretty complicated, but it isn’t actually that difficult. Your dog is likely to give off a number of body signals at any given point in time. These signals can include showing fear, sadness, or even anxiety.

The problem arises because most dog owners tend to interpret these signals without doing any prior work or research to understand what they could possibly mean. As a result, many times, dog owners misinterpret their pup’s signs of distress or stress as disobedient behavior.

For example, your dog might put its head down when you look sternly at it, which could be a sign of remorse, but you might interpret this as your dog not listening to you. Knowing the signs is great, but you should also know what those signs mean.

2.     Learn about your dog’s specific behaviors and habits

Just as children have certain things that they like and dislike and certain things that trigger them or make them anxious, your pup will also have its own unique behavioral patterns.

As a dog owner, you must understand just what it is that defines your pet. Observe your dog’s behavior regularly and understand why it’s behaving the way it is. It is important to understand your dog’s behavioral pattern so that you can predict future problems better and come up with pre-emptive solutions.

Make sure that you aren’t simply doing guesswork all the time to determine your dog’s personality. Learning through observation is far more successful.

3.     Don’t underplay the importance of training

Any pet needs to be taught the basics at the very least. He needs to, for example, know how to sit, stay, walk, follow instructions, etc.

These things are necessary for your pup to have good manners and to be obedient. Your dog isn’t simply going to pick up these skills by itself. You will have to play an active role in training your pet to learn these basic skills.

There are many dog owners who routinely complain about their dogs being too disobedient or spoilt. What they don’t realize is that they, in fact, play a great role in the extent to which their dog listens to them and follows instructions. Many such dog owners keep thinking about the right thing to say to their dog to make it listen. This isn’t enough, unfortunately. A dog requires proper training to teach him all the necessary skills required to be a ‘good’ dog.

Any good trainer understands that training sessions with your dog need to be short if they are to be effective. 5 separate 10 minute sessions, for example, are likely to be far more effective than one single 50-minute session at a stretch.

This is because it is difficult for your pup to remain focused and attentive for a long period of time.  If you force your dog to stay attentive for too long at a stretch, it will probably result in both him and you becoming unnecessarily frustrated.

You also need to make sure that during the training, you don’t simply command your dog to follow your instructions. If you do so, your dog is likely to just stop listening. As a dog parent, you need to treat your dog like your baby. Be loving and patient throughout the training period.

As a good trainer, you will have to keep in mind to what extent you need to motivate your dog to push harder, and at what point do you need to back off.

4.     Give your dog plenty of love and care

Many dog owners, even today, believe that it isn’t a good idea to express love and affection for your pup. According to these people, humans need to maintain their superiority by handing out love to their pets only sparingly.

This is a horrible belief to adhere to. In fact, according to all recent work on the relationship between a dog owner and their pet, the greater the amount of positive attention, including love and care that a dog owner gives to their pet, the greater will be the dog’s willingness to listen to you. Your dog will also be more comfortable around you.

This doesn’t mean that you become so loving that you forget to impose any roles or codes of conduct in your house. Those are important, too, for the sake of both you and your pet. Just find the right balance and be firm and loving at the same time.

If you adhere to these 4 tips any dog owner should follow, you and your dog are likely to love each other’s company and have a great time together.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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