Are you a first-time dog owner and are super excited, but also a little lost?
Don't worry, we've all been there! We've thought of you and put together some tips and tricks for new dog owners to make the transition with your furry friend as smooth as possible!
1. Make a game plan
Adopting a dog is sometimes compared to having a child. These furry companions require a lot of attention and can't be left alone for too long like cats, who are more independent by nature. If your schedule is already very busy with family, friends and work, you have to keep in mind that your pooch is entirely dependent on you. You have to be prepared to rearrange your environment and day-to-day around this new family member.
You should also be aware that owning a dog means expenses for veterinary care, food, toys, and much more. Making a budget in advance can help you avoid surprises when it’s time to pay the bills.
2. Find the right vet
It's important to find the right veterinarian who will meet your dog's needs and whom you can trust completely. We suggest that you visit a few local clinics and compare the atmosphere of the place, the prices, the courtesy of the staff and the expertise of the veterinarians. After all, it's the health and well-being of your little ball of love that depends on it!
3. Be ready for some grooming
Regular grooming is essential if you want to avoid unpleasant odors or someone mistaking your new companion for a stray dog. For successful grooming, you'll need products specially designed for your dog's hair type and length, such as our Dogmä products.
One of our absolute favourites is the Velvet Shampoo, which is soft, smooth and like all our products, 100% natural. Just a small quantity of this product is enough to obtain a rich and moisturizing foam.
Combined with our conditioner, your little four-legged friend will never look so good!
If the simple thought of bathing, ear cleaning or nail trimming gives you nightmares, we recommend that you call a professional groomer. We've summarized all the benefits of these experts for you in this blog.
4. Be ready to work on their behaviour
Whether you're adopting a puppy or an older dog, it's likely that you'll need to work on certain behaviours.
Patience is key. Remember, your new companion is under a lot of stress in his new environment, and you need to slowly gain its trust.
To promote desired behaviours in your new acolyte, be patient and use positive reinforcement, such as dog treats. Creating a daily routine can also reduce anxiety levels and speed up the adjustment period.
If you're looking for basic advice or to correct unwanted behaviours, don't hesitate to ask a dog trainer for help. These canine psychologists are trained to teach you the best techniques for establishing good communication between you and your pooch.
5. Be ready to fall in love and be happier!
There’s a reason why we say a dog is a man's best friend. A dog will bring you happiness, affection and excitement in your daily life.
What's more, having a pooch can have many health benefits! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having a canine as a pet can increase opportunities to exercise, socialize and get outside. Walking or playing with your dog on a regular basis can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Their company can also help us cope with loneliness and sadness.
We hope this short guide will help you in your process. In any case, adopting a dog comes with a lot of responsibilities and challenges, but they'll be worth all the trouble in the world!