The initial few months of dog ownership are so incredibly crucial. They will set the tone for your relationship, and can pretty much decide on the behavior of your pooch. With that being said, it pays if you do the right things during this period. So, here’s what you need to do:
Spend Plenty Of Time With Them
The bond between an owner and their dog is very special. When a dog gets attached to you, there’s more chance they’ll be well behaved and listen to your commands. As a result, you really need to spend as much time with them as you can during the early stages. This helps form the attachment, create the bond, and ensure your dog comes running towards you whenever they see or smell you. If you neglect it from day one, then your dog will probably have behavioral issues and be hard to control.
As soon as you get your dog, you should pretty much start training them. Get them to learn how to go to the toilet, and teach them things they should and shouldn’t do. Most dogs are pretty easy to train, and there are loads of methods you can try. If you’re really struggling, then I’m sure there are some local dog training classes you can attend to help speed up the process. A well-trained dog will be obedient and cause no problems for you throughout their life, so don’t put this off!
Ease Them Into Being Alone
Although you want to spend time with your dog, there are periods where you simply can’t. For example, if you have to go to work. Here, you should try and ease your dog into being home on their own. To begin with, get friends or family to come round every hour to spend time with them. Gradually reduce this to the point where your dog is fine on their own for a few hours every day, and just needs one or two checkups from friends. If you leave them alone for hours on end right away, it will likely scare them, and they might freak out and bark like crazy.
Take Them To The Vet
One of the very first things you should do with a new dog – particularly if it’s a stray one you adopted or a new puppy – is to take them to the vet. This is so they can have a full health check and you will see if everything is okay with them. Puppies will require more regular checks to see if they’re growing properly and they’re still in good health. You’ll find that, as your dog gets older, they won’t need vet visits unless you notice a problem with them.
Without trying to sound like a broken record; the first few months of owning a dog are so so so important!! This is when they require the most care and attention, so put the work in and do everything listed above. As a consequence, you’ll have a happy and healthy dog that loves you to death!