7 useful things you need to have before welcoming your first pet
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MANILA, Philippines – Having a new puppy is almost like welcoming a new baby – you have to be mentally, emotionally, (and financially!) prepared. Your puppy will depend on you for food, water, shelter, and just about everything else – it’s a huge responsibility.
As a pet parent, you also play an important role in shaping your pup’s behavior and how they’ll go about their new life in their new home. And if you don’t take early training seriously, your pup might end up being a homewrecker – literally.
Here are the tools you’ll need to start training your new best friend:
Just like babies, puppies have no concept of toilets. They will pee or poop on your rug, shoe, wherever and whenever they feel like it. That’s why it’s important to potty train them early on. Pups are creatures of habit so whenever you see them circling around (a telltale sign that they’re about to go potty), lead them to the dog potty trainer. If they’re being stubborn, don’t give up! Your pup will soon get used to it.
No-mess water dispenser
Puppies are ~really~ fond of dunking their little paws (and even their faces!) in their bowls – splashing water all over the floor. They will even try to walk on your sofa with their soaking wet paws and if you’re lucky, out in the garden and come back home all muddy. To avoid all the mess, train your pup to drink from a water dispenser. This doesn’t only keep the water where it should be, but also keeps it fresh and clean.
Brushing your dog’s fur regularly is important to avoid matting. But some rowdy pups don’t really like sitting still for a daily session of brushing. Don’t let your pup grow up hating this important habit. Make sure that you’re also using the right kind of tools like this double-sided dog brush. Some wire-pin brushes with very thin bristles can actually pull some of your pup’s fur, preventing them to grow a nice, long coat.
Pet Bathing Tool
If there are pups that don’t like having their fur brushed, there are definitely more pups that hate taking a bath! If you don’t let them get used to bathing early on, it will be harder to do it when they’re already fully grown. Chances are, bath times will always turn into a chasing game. Make bathing fast and easy by using this shower tool.
Pups are notorious for chewing on anything they can get their paws on – slippers, shoes, cabinets, newspapers, cellphone chargers – anything! And you can’t just ask them to stop because they’re kids and they love to play and explore the world. You can, however, train them to only chew on certain objects like their designated chew toys. Instilling this habit in them will protect your things from their untimely demise.
Puppies, cute as they are, have no boundaries. They will move freely around the house – hang out in the bathroom, hide inside your closet, or slip out of the door if you don’t train them to only stay in certain areas. Putting them inside a pen is a good start. Unlike cages, your pup has enough space to run and play.
Flat collar and old-fashioned leash
One of the most basic but also difficult activities for your dog to learn is walking. Some pet owners don’t bother learning about proper dog walking so their dogs sometimes end up walking them. Proper dog walking requires a flat collar and an old-fashioned leash. Retractable leashes seem trendy right now but since it’s made of a thin cord that can easily break, using this on strong and energetic dogs can lead to accidents. It’s still better to stick to the regular leashes to make sure you’re always in control of your pup.
There’s really nothing more exciting than welcoming a new puppy into your home but it’s also no easy job. It requires your time, energy, love, and attention.
But every pet parent knows that no matter how hard this responsibility may be, nothing comes close to a loyal, loving, cute, cuddly pooch welcoming you home after every long day. – Rappler.com