Dogs make our lives happier with their wagging tails, dangling tongue and excited barking. However, while their cute and cuddly presence brightens up everybody’s day, puppies can also be a bit of a handful.
If you’re getting a bit overwhelmed, we have some tips on how you can live your life with your pooch with no worries at all!
- House Training:
If you have a new pooch in your home, you may be worried about how they may adjust to their new living quarters. They’ll need to be taught straight away that the whole world, in fact, ISN’T their garden, and therefore cannot be used as toilets. If you’ve never house trained before, the general idea is to take your pup outside for toilet breaks every 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to get into your pet’s head that the outside is their toilet, not inside. Your new pup will also need to be watched constantly so that there is little risk of an accident. Get everyone in the house on board and have a shift schedule for who will be watching the new housemate. It may also help to find some obedience classes for you and your dog to take together. You two can have fun together as you learn how to get them to be on their best behaviour!
Taking your dog out for a walk isn’t just for toilet breaks: the fresh air also relieves them of stress and anxiety and gets them some regular exercise. If you’re too tired to take them for a walk, however, don’t stress yourself out! Aim to try and get at least 10 minutes a day. A quick walk around the block should do it. If you want the walk to be done as soon as possible, take a few treats with you. Give them to your dog after they’ve gone to the toilet or when you’re finished to encourage a shorter walk. If you’re a busy person who often comes home late after work, get someone in the family to walk your pooch, or hire a local dog walker to do it while you’re away. Once you get home, you can expect your dog to be lying on the floor passed out from their big day.
- The Dog Sitter:
If you’re a busy person, or you’re planning a long holiday, you may be worried your pooch won’t get the care they need. Luckily there are many options for you to consider so your dog will be well looked after while you’re away. Pop online and look up some local dog boarding houses for your pup to stay in. It’ll be like they’re having a holiday too! If boarding isn’t your cup of tea, look up some professional pet sitters who can stay at the house or mind your dog at their place. Or if you want to be sure you can completely trust your carer, get a friend to take care of your fur baby. Make sure you cover everything they need to know, such as vet contacts, food, walking schedules and back up contacts.
- The Vet:
Nobody likes to visit the vet, especially your pooch. But when they’re sick or injured, you will do anything to make sure your dog is well again. However, there are so many times you can visit the vet until the bills start pilling up. There are many strategies that can help you save money and keep your dog healthy. Taking them for regular check ups will decrease the likeliness of your dog becoming unwell and save loads of money in the long run. Getting pet insurance can help cover costs related to illnesses and injures. Money may still be spent, but it will benefit for emergency situations. It’s also a good idea to keep track of your finances to make sure there’s always some money available for your pup. If you just can’t cover it for whatever reason, ask a friend or relative to help out as a back up. If they love your pet as much as you do, they will have no problem helping out!
The precious moments you have with your dog will surely clear up any stress you may have. So don’t worry about a thing. You and your pooch will be alright.
What strategies do you have for living a stress-free life with your dog? Comment below and let us know!