Bringing a dog into your life is a big deal, and often the excitement can feel overwhelming. However, it’s important to note that there are a great deal of factors you need to have considered and resolved before becoming a dog owner. Find some of the most frequently forgotten in the post below.
What will you do if they don’t respond to basic training?
It’s well known that dogs need to be properly trained to be well-behaved and easy to take care of. Unfortunately, some dogs don’t accept the basic training given to them by their owners such as ‘sitting, lying down, and coming on command’. Of course, this can be a real problem for their owners because it makes even simple tasks such as letting them off the lead much riskier for both the dog and people and traffic around them.
Fortunately, even if you are struggling to teach your dogs the most basic of commands there is help out there. Indeed, one of the most effective options is to take your dog to obedience classes as the experts there will be able to give you a wealth of support and advice on how to get your dog to follow instructions. There are also pr[ivate trainers that will work with you and your dog on a one-to-one basis. Although, it is worth noting that as an owner you must do lots of practice of the activities done in training to reinforce them with your dog in your own time.
What will you do with them if you need to go away?
Many forget that their dog won’t be able to go with them on every trip and that they will need to provide proper care for their dog while they are away. Some owners get around this by only going on domestic vacations and always taking their pets with them.
However, for those that are looking to travel further away, dog boarding services are the perfect solution. With boarding services, you can be sure that your pet is in good hands, has access to all their toys and blankets from home, and has plenty of company and exercise throughout the day. The best kennels even offer a 24-hour webcam service so you can check in on your pup from anywhere in the world, and make sure they are happy and healthy.
What will you do if you/they have allergies?
Often people do not realize they have allergies until they get a dog, by which point it is too late, or they have to make the agonizing decision to give them up once they have formed a bond.
Happily, such agony can be avoided by taking an allergy test before you decide to get a dog. Then you can be sure that their presence won’t harm your health. It’s also possible to take antihistamines to reduce any reaction you have to a pet in your home.
Many dogs also exhibit allergies as well, especially those from pedigree stock. The best way to deal with this is to get your pup checked out by a vet, and then eliminate the allergy trigger, which may mean swapping to a hypoallergenic food or removing certain plants from your garden.