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When you take home a pet, you are bringing home a new family member. Of course, you want the best for your baby, so where do you start? Here are a few things that you need to remember when you adopt your new dog.
WELCOMING YOUR NEW DOG
I have always had pets. We currently have 8 cats that we have rescued, some that have come when they thought we needed rescuing. We recently rescued a 4-year-old Australian Cattle Blue Tick Heeler. He is such a sweetheart. As soon as we met him, we knew, this is our dog. We are his furever home!
MAKE THEM A SPACE
Make sure you have a crate or cage for when you’re not home, especially if there are other pets in the house. It isn’t about “locking them up”, it’s about making sure the dog feels safe. When the dog comes home, everything is new. Nothing makes sense. So, by giving the dog its own space, if they get overwhelmed, the dog can get away. Since that is their space, be sure to teach kids and other animals not to go into the cage.
Once you see how the dog adjusts, you might not need the cage. Even just getting the dog their own bed can be enough.
CHOOSE THE BEST FOOD
Just like you don’t want your kids eating fast food all day, even if they like it, you don’t want your dog eating subpar food, even if it is the way it has always been done. Those pieces of little brown kibble are not what is best for your dog just because it is what they sell in the store. You want to feed your dog a high-quality food that has everything he needs in it.
TruDog knows that it is more important than ever to feed your dog healthy fresh food. TruDog is a freeze-dried raw dog food company and they believe that you need to feed your dog the best food available.
Why should you feed your dog TruDog? Raw freeze-dried dog food can help improve your dog’s digestive system—giving your pup the raw nutrition Mother Nature intended. Additionally, a raw food diet can help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. It can also help your dog’s teeth. Another benefit is that raw food is easy to add supplements to.
Raw food means it has limited ingredients, without fillers and additives. That means you know exactly what is in it. And in the end, raw food just tastes better. Even the fussiest dog will enjoy a bowl of TruDog. As a bonus, when raw food is freeze-dried or gently dehydrated like TruDog’s products, it has a long shelf life and doesn’t require refrigeration—you can simply store it on your counter.
The most important benefit of feeding your dog TruDog raw food is that it can help your dog live longer. Because you are giving your dog exactly what he needs, you can improve his health and help him live longer. Since your dog will be healthier from eating TruDog, you can save money on vet bills too.
You wouldn’t let your kids eat junk food for their meal, you don’t want to let your dog eat it either.
TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK EVERY DAY
Dogs need walks. It is the best way to keep them healthy and active. It doesn’t have to be a long walk. Even just a short walk up and down the street. Just like people, your dog needs to get daily exercise.
KEEP THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM DOOR CLOSED SO THEY DON’T GET INTO THINGS THEY SHOULDN’T
There are a lot of foods that your dog shouldn’t eat. There are also lots of chemicals and cleaning supplies in the bathroom. These things can make your animals sick. Keep these things out of reach and behind closed doors so that your dog cannot get into things that he or she shouldn’t.
GIVE THEM PLENTY OF TOYS TO PLAY WITH
Playing with toys is vital for your dog. Not only is this something for your dog to play with, but it is also good for your dog. Dogs have to play, similar to kids. It keeps dogs engaged. When dogs get bored, this is when they get destructive. Think of the naughty child who is bored so he goes around jumping on the furniture or hitting other kids. When a dog is not being engaged or feeling bored, they are more likely to chew on things they shouldn’t and destroy things in your home.
TEACH THEM THEIR NAME AND BASIC COMMANDS LIKE “SIT” AND “STAY” TO MAKE TRAINING EASIER
It is important that dogs know basic commands. This makes your life easier, but it also helps dogs to know exactly what is expected of them. Once a dog understands that sit means sit, they also understand sit when it comes time to stop on the walk. Teaching your dog to listen when you talk, also teaches him that you are the alpha. You are the leader of the pack.