Adopting A New Dog: What You Need To Know

If you’re thinking of adopting your own dog, then take a look at the following post. We’ve listed some of the basics of helping to make sure you choose the right dog for you and that they settle in well in their new home. 

Finding The Right Dog For You

Choosing the right kind of dog for you and your family is one of the most important aspects when adopting a dog. Whether you’re getting a puppy or a grown dog, you need to make sure they have the right temperament to be around you and your children. Make sure your new dog doesn’t have a history of aggression, and they’re not too bouncy to be around young children. You also need to consider if there will be any issues with allergies with the new dog. When adopting a puppy, be sure to meet the mother of the litter and ensure you’re buying from an ethical breeder. If you’re adopting from a rescue centre, be sure to spend time around the dog you’re thinking of adopting and introduce your family. Ask the centre plenty of questions about the dog’s temperament and their history.

Feeding And Nutrition

Making sure your dog has the nutrition they need is essential for their overall health. It also helps to make sure they have a mixture of foods in their diet to help keep them interested in their food. Applaws offers a range of nutritious, natural dog foods in both wet and dry varieties. Monitor your dog closely to see how they take to a new food, and whether they’re enjoying it and reacting well to any changes in their diet.

Exercise And Walking

Regular exercise is vital for the overall well-being of dogs. Daily walks provide both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Engaging in a game of fetch with a ball or toy in a secure area allows your dog to burn energy and strengthens your bond.

Interactive toys, such as puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys, keep your dog mentally engaged while encouraging physical activity. For high-energy breeds, running or jogging together can provide an intense workout. Consider setting up an agility course in your yard or attending classes to improve your dog’s coordination and agility. As always, consult with your vet to tailor the exercise routine to your dog’s specific needs and limitations.

Training Your New Dog

When training a new dog, consistency and patience are key. Start with basic commands like sit, stay, and come, using positive reinforcement techniques such as treats and praise. Use a designated potty area and establish a routine to aid in housebreaking. Crate training can help with both housebreaking and providing a safe space.

Socialise your dog with other animals, people, and various environments to build confidence. Gradually introduce more advanced commands and continue reinforcing good behaviour. Remember to keep training sessions short and fun, and always end on a positive note. Seek guidance from a professional dog trainer if you’re struggling to train your dog and you feel they could benefit from more advanced training.

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