You bring home your pup, let him loose in your home and now what? Is he allowed to get on the couch? Will he sleep in your bed or is that forbidden? Who will walk him and feed him? Laying down ground rules before your pup arrives is the best way to ensure success. Failing to set rules is a common mistake of first-time dog owners that often leads to heartbreak.
It's important for first-time dog owners to understand that dogs crave consistency. Once you set a rule, you've got to stick to it. If you don't, your dog will only be confused and learn to see you as unpredictable.
Whether you adopt a puppy or an adult dog, don't hesitate to take a training course. Puppies need this valuable instruction to learn how to get along in your household. Older dogs do as well, especially if they missed out on this important step when they were younger. Training is just as important for first-time dog owners themselves because they need to know how to control and respond to their pooch.
Failing to Watch for Signs
Dogs tend to be very good communicators, but this system really only works when human companions attend to the messages that are being sent. Projects like house training can be especially frustrating when people don't look for the sometimes subtle cues their dogs are sending. First-time dog owners who tune in to signals from their pups are more likely to succeed.
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