First Dog Tips

If you are considering getting your first dog you need to get informed on canines and how to train them, behave with them and take care of them. You should get a dog that is suitable for your lifestyle, size of home and activity level. You should also get a dog that is easier to train, as there are a few breeds that are more stubborn and are more recommended for more experienced dog owners.

Behavioral Training

The behavioral training is important for all dogs. You will have to take your pet to a trainer or try training him yourself. Ideally, you should use a trainer, as you may not have all the experience needed to train your pet.

However, it is essential that you take part in the training sessions as well, so that you learn how to impose yourself and have the dog respect your authority.

If your dog doesn’t get behavioral training, you may have a lot of problems in the future, which can be frustrating and can determine you to abandon your pet.

You have the option to adopt dogs that have already been trained. They can adapt to a new owner, provided you offer him the affection he needs.

Dog Food

There are 2 main types of dog food: wet and kibble food. Puppies will require wet food, while most adult dogs will do well on dry food. Some dogs may have special dietary needs if they have a certain health issue (i.e. allergies or kidney problems).


You should ask about the vaccination status of the dog you get. Some dogs may be already vaccinated, while others will require a set of vaccines to protect the pet from a number of health issues.

Annual boosters will be needed.

Grooming and Frequency

Dogs will require regular grooming. Some dogs will only need grooming once per week, while others will need grooming on a daily basis. Purchase some grooming tools that are suitable for your dog’s fur.

Dog’s Need for Exercise

Dogs may have variable exercise needs, depending on the breed, age or energy level, but all dogs need exercise. Even if a dog can adapt not to exercise, he can develop behavioral problems due to a surplus of energy or he can get depressed or stressed.

You should know that it is imperative to take your pet at least for a 30 minute walk per day and have other interactive activities during the day. Ask the vet or the breeder about the dog’s exercise needs.

Mental Stimulation

Dogs need mental stimulation and if you fail to provide this, your pet will be frustrated and bored and may develop different behavioral issues such as:

  • Chewing furniture, clothes and shoes
  • Biting
  • Excessive barking
  • Hyperactivity
  • Scratching
  • Urinating in the house

Make sure you allocate some time to play with your pet and you get new toys, play new games and give different challenges to your dog.