If you are considering bringing a dog into the family home, it is important that you understand the level of commitment having a dog requires. Far too many dogs are purchased as adorable puppies, and after a few months, the novelty wears off, and the owner isn’t prepared to make the kind of sacrifices that dog ownership demands.
- Training – You will need to teach him where to do his business, and having a litter tray near his bed would be the ideal place. It doesn’t take a dog long to realise this, and praise him when he gets it right. Getting your dog to become used to wearing his collar is one part of essential training, and his leash should be kept near the entrance. Training is easier with a young dog, yet older dogs soon pick up on a new environment, and what the rules are, and always give him affection when he shows the right behaviour.
- Healthcare – Your dog is one of the family, and with excellent pet care in Devizes, you can book him in for his vaccinations and the vet will register him. A microchip will make sure that you can keep track of him, should he ever get lost.
- Spending Time with your Pet – Owning a dog means spending time with him, which should include at least 2 walks per day, and if he’s an energetic breed, play ball or throw a Frisbee, just make sure you are in a suitable area like a park.
He might be a little stubborn, and just like a child, your dog needs to understand what can and cannot be done.
If you have the time and patience, owning a dog offers so much, and with the right care and attention, your new family member will fit right in.