The Dog Days of Summer!
This post is brought to you as a part of the Dog Days of Summer Campaign, hosted by the folks at dog training collars. Summer can be fun for humans and pets alike!
Now, normally, I’m very much a cat person- up until about a year ago. (Don’t get me wrong, I still love cats) but recently I started thinking that maybe I would like a dog. I mean, they’re definitely more energetic that any cat I’ve ever had, and they can fetch, and they don’t relieve themselves in the house (usually). However, once I started thinking about actually getting one- I realized that I had no idea how to go about raising a dog. So, I did what any normal mid-twenties, independent, working class girl would do– I asked my mom.
Talking to her made me realize that when I thought about it, I really did have some good ideas on how to raise and train a pet. I grew up with a dog, and generally I thought that my mom did most of the training, but I guess when it came down to it- we all helped out a lot.
Now, the way I see it- is there is more than likely a fairly big difference between me (a single girl on her own) raising a dog, and a whole family raising and training one. So- since summer is a great time to get a new pet to enjoy the weather with- here are a few tips and tricks own raising and training a pet, weather you’re on your own or you have a group of people helping.
- The first thing everyone needs to know, is that puppies grow up FAST. They can go from a cute little fur ball of a baby to an angsty teen in like 3 months. So, while they’re nice and cute it’s super important to teach them their manners and how to behave in public. Think of it as teaching your little kid to say “I have to go to the bathroom” instead of “I need to peeeeeeee!!!”.
-Also, make sure that you balance their time indoors and outdoors. Too much time inside can lead to bad habits like chewing and scratching, whereas too much time outside can lead to digging and too much barking. If you’re raising a dog on your own, think of it as good exercise for the both of you to come home on your lunch breaks and take a walk instead of eating out.
-Another thing people need to remember is- there isn’t a single breed of dog that will %100 never bite anyone. Dogs attacks are primarily caused because the dogs feel neglected, they weren’t properly trained, or they haven’t been fixed. If you have more than one person raising this dog, be sure that everyone pitches in playing with the dog, and allowing him to be around lots of people from a very early age. If you’re raising the dog on your own- try finding a group of people who also have dogs and doing group walks, that way your dog can get used to being around other people as well as other dogs.
I hope everyone who is looking for a dog finds this helpful! I’m still trying to decide what kind of dog I want, and also trying to persuade my landlord into letting me have one! Happy summer!