When you welcome a furry friend into the family, it’s important that you begin training them right away. However, if you’ve not owned a puppy before, you might not know where to start. Regardless of whether you plan to train your new pooch all by yourself or with the help of puppy classes, there are a few basics you’re going to need to know. For some helpful hints and tips on how to get your training underway, keep reading.
Set out some ‘house rules’
Before you even bring your new puppy home, it’s a good idea to set out some ‘house rules’. For example, you might want to think about whether they will be allowed on the bed, sofa or other furniture, and consider if there are certain parts of the house that are off limits to your four-legged friend. Deciding on these rules from the get go should help you to put them into practice straightaway when your pup arrives.
Your canine companion has a lot of options when it comes to their diet, and the right choice depends on dietary needs, health concerns, your lifestyle and other factors. When you’re making this decision, make sure to consider the pros and cons of each diet type.
Dry food, commonly known as kibble, is made up of nutritious food pellets that come in large bins or bags. The biggest advantage to this type of food is the convenience factor. You don’t have to worry about refrigerating it or having it going bad if left out for your dog.
You can easily weigh the portions quickly and without any mess. Dry food is the least expensive of the three types of diets, but it often ends up being the least healthy. A few problems with dry food include filler ingredients that don’t add anything to the overall nutritional value, a large number of carbs and a dehydrating effect. Your dogs need easy access to a lot of water alongside their dry food, since they won’t get any moisture from their food bowls.
It may take dogs more dry food to feel full compared to other food types. If they’re free feeding, this could result in an overweight pet.
Christmas is coming and we’re all racking our brains about what we can get our children, partner and family. Pets always prove popular gifts, especially to the children. But there are many things we need to consider before parting with cash.
If you’re buying a dog it needs to have a good amount of space. Of course, it depends what type of dog you’re buying, but still it needs to have a good space in your house, preferably a space for its own bed, and a decent sized garden to explore. You need to consider how far away parks are too, if they’re miles away are you prepared to travel everyday to give your pet a runout? If you don’t have hardly any space then perhaps you can consider buying a cat, who can go out on their own. Or if you don’t fancy that something tank based like fish or a hamster. These can be placed in an almost decorative fashion and will delight the children too.
Pets are like humans, they get ill, they need food, and they need equipment. You might be able to afford the initial outlay for the pet but can you afford the monthly outgoings for food and healthcare. You may need to buy medication like trifexis tablets or even fork out for operations. You’ll need to pay someone to look after your pet when you go on holiday. The costs are less with other animals, but they should still all be considered before purchasing an animal of any kind.
If you’re an incredibly busy person with little time for hobbies and relaxation then you should really reconsider buying a pet. Primarily because they will take time out of your day. If you enjoy going for walks then a dog could be for you, because it’s something you need to do every single day. Of course other family members can help, but depending on how old your children are, they may not be able to take your pet for a walk themselves. You need to consider you time constraints, particularly if you’re thinking of buying a dog.