So you think you want a dog? Let’s call this “Dog Parenting 101,” a chance for you to get some basics on living with a dog.
You could be like me 7 years ago and act immediately on that impulse. You could stop reading, drop your phone and go out right now and get a puppy. Then you could spend the next 5 years trying to figure out why your dog is crazy and uncontrollable.
But you are smarter than me, you are actually going to do a bit of research. Lets start by checking out this infographic by the folks at Barkiky:
Dog Parenting 101: Maintain a Schedule
When it comes to actually bringing a dog home and training him, one of the most important things you can do is to maintain a schedule. I know, I know, that sounds boring and inconvenient. But if you are not ok with your new puppy or dog peeing and pooping on almost everything in your house, you need to potty train your puppy.
Not only does potty training start with a consistent schedule, it will help you in all aspects of dog parenting. Here’s the dirty little secret of dog training: training your dog is as much about training you! You need to get on a schedule that works for you and your dog and then stick to it. If your dog messes in the house because you couldn’t make it home for lunch, that’s not really a dog problem.
Good Dog Parenting: Start Training Early
I used to think dog training meant rigid torture sessions of yelling commands at your dog and swatting him with a newspaper. I didn’t want to do that to my dog. That was great and all, but I ended up with an out of control dog.
It wasn’t until years later that I found out dog training didn’t have to be like that. Training your dog can be fun and it is one of the most rewarding parts of being a dog parent. Plus you and your dog will enjoy life much more.
Dog training can be fun. This blog is full of articles about quick and easy ways to train your dog in the basics. You don’t need a dog that knows elaborate tricks, you just need the basics to make a dramatic difference in the quality of life with your dog. Check out our free PDF of Everyday Dog Training Tips.
Dog Parenting 101: Learn the Cues
When you start training your dog early, you also start to build a better relationship with your dog. When you start spending the time teaching basic tricks, you will eventually start to pick up on your dog’s cues.
Dogs are easy to read if you know what to look for. Once you know what your dog is saying to you, the easier it is to be a good dog parent.
The signs are there, you just need to know how to read them.
Being a dog parent is awesome! Living with a dog makes life better. However, it can also be a nightmare of you don’t spend some time preparing. Do your research and be prepared, you and your dog will be glad you did!