Are you dog-owning wrong?

You want a dog.  You get a dog. What changes have been made in your life to give your dog the life they deserve?  Think training, education, management.  Think: Canine Life Insurance Policy.  Let us assume the following: before you get your dog, your routine was; get up at 7 a.m., have breakfast, shower, coffee, out the door by 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. to get to work, get home between 5 p.m.  Then maybe you hit the gym, get together with friends, watch some television, check your email, and are in bed between 10 and 11 p.m.

Now you have your dog.  You have all the accessories needed: new dog bed, crate, toys, food, treats, leash, collar, tags, vet visits done or booked.

If at this point your routine hasn’t changed – you are dog owning wrong.  A dog in one’s life is a significant change, yes?  If the dog is a new pup or a rescue, the life routine you have become accustomed to needs to change.

Somethings in your pre-dog life routine needs to change to help your new dog become the dog you want: well mannered, well behaved, obedient, confident.

I don’t know how many times I was out socially and said: “Wow! Look at the time!  I have to go; I need to take my dog out.”  How many times did I set the alarm on the weekend to ensure I got my pup out at the same time on Saturday and Sunday morning as I do Monday to Friday? Dogs like routine, dogs need to pee and poop and sniff and run and play and they need calm leadership, guidance, instruction, training, education and management to become the dog you want them to be. 

The above are some thoughts of pre and post puppy considerations in terms of human life changes when a dog arrives.  Human changes need to be made for the good of the dog. To have a well-balanced, healthy, sound and polite dog you need to give up some of your pre-dog routine and make the necessary changes to help your new pup.

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