When you bring a dog into your home, it is your responsibility to provide for his needs. There are three areas where dog ownership takes place: the exercise of your dog, the care of your dog and the love that you share with your dog. The physical and the psychological aspects of your dog’s life require considered thought in order to provide him with a safe and happy life.
The first step in this process is to ensure that you have a fenced-in yard that your dog can freely exercise in. This does not mean that you should not let your dog roam the neighborhood occasionally. You just have to ensure that the dog can be restrained within sight and that there are no areas in your home where he is likely to escape.
The next step is to ensure that you engage in a home-by-home program. This program will involve you preparing an area in your house where your dog can do his business. If you fail to do this then you will have a messy experience in the morning because your dog may decide to take advantage of an area where he’s unable to be restrained.
You must also remember that the dog is a pack animal and the pack is defined as an extended family. A sociable dog is one who likes other people and is less likely to be upset by or develop problems with other dogs in the household. He is also less likely to stray off and fight with other dogs. Your dog should also be engaging in some type of combination of physical exercise, mental exercise and interaction with other dogs. A sociable dog will also enjoy human interaction.
Another step that you need to take is to introduce your dog to any children in the family. Any children that your dog has contact with will greatly improve his behavior and will also make it easy for your dog to get along with children that your dog is likely to encounter.
Once you’ve introduced your dog to the family members and any contact they have with other dogs and children, you need to proceed with a desensitization program, during which you’ll want to expose your dog to what he might think are ordinary activities. This will help to ensure that your dog remains calm even when he encounters strange animals or people who are not familiar to him.
For example, you might want to take your dog to the vets office, the shopping center, the park, the school play area, comfortably on yourollyway to vet the dog. After this, make sure you give your dog a really special treat. Create a special toy and treat combination and then give it to your dog about ten minutes after the event.
Continue doing this until your dog goes to the vets office on his own. Then go ahead and do the following:
- Walk him the the exterior of the office and watch him closely.
- Give him a special treat.
- Then spend about ten minutes playing with him and petting him.
- Go ahead and feed him.
- Then play for about another ten minutes.
- Give him another special treat.
- Repeat the previous steps until your dog is used to visiting the vets office.
- For your next visit to the vets, bring gifts that you are able to keep until the time that your dog is no longer with you. You might want to keep a photo of the welcome ribbon or whatever you want the occasion to be wrapped around.
Homeowners insurance, pet health insurance and pet insurance can be a wise investment on your part to ensure that you will be able to afford a big vet’s bill in case something goes wrong and he needs to see the vet.
Whenever you’re stepping down the stairs and you can hear your dog barking so softly that you can barely hear yourself, don’t be afraid to call him to reassure him that he is at ease because, after all, that is what you want to do.
If you have to, take your dog’s favorite toy and toys along with you. The idea is that when you step off your shoes at the door you don’t want your dog running out and crying his eyes out.
Just remember that dogs have feelings too and he’ll start to whine and howl and generally have a hard time coping with separation from you. So, whether it is anger towards the short-term honeymoon period or coming home to a new place and adjusting to the new surroundings, the best thing to do is just swoop in and have fun.
After coming home to your new home the first time, you can repeat the same procedures because now your dog is used to the new routine. However, if you have developed a schedule and your dog is a little too hyper to catch on instantly you will want to start with feeding and exercise and then slowly build up to about 2-3 hours per day over a week.