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Tips for First Time Dog Owners

Did your family get a new dog for the holidays? Canine companions can certainly be one of the best gifts to give to yourself or to your family, but if you happen to be a first-time dog owner, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed now that you are past the initial snuggles. It’s okay! First-time dog owners definitely have a learning curve, but first-time owners are also excited and ready to make a healthy relationship with their new furry addition.

We’ve worked with a lot of first-time owners here at Charleston Dog Training, and have compiled a few tips that will help you navigate your new role as a fur-parent. Here’s what you need to know to get off on the right foot (or paw).

Consistency Counts

No matter if your new addition is a puppy or an older dog, it’s important to provide consistency in your routine. Dogs, like humans, love knowing what is coming next, and routine gives them the chance to relax into the normalcy of your day. Try your best to keep meals around the same time of day, walks the same time of day, and playtime consistent as well. Your dog will get the hang of their new routine in no time.

Expectations Matter

Speaking of consistency, consistent rules and boundaries are also a key component of dog ownership. Keep your expectations clear and keep boundaries firm. This will leave no room for confusion on your dog’s part. For example, if you don’t want your dog on the couch, be sure you correct the behavior immediately. If you are lax on correcting him when he jumps on the couch, or when you allow him on the couch sometimes, it can be quite confusing for your dog. He can’t please you if he doesn’t understand the rules!

Obedience First

Obedience training from the professionals at Charleston Dog Training is sure to get you and your dog on the right track together. Not only do basic obedience commands help your dog to foster a relationship with you as the leader, but you can also enjoy more leisurely walks together as well as host people in your home without worrying about your dog’s bad manners. 

We help with everything from basic obedience to potty training to more complex behavioral issues. Most importantly, we put your dog’s needs and your family’s needs at the forefront of our training. Call us today to tell us more about your new addition and to schedule your consultation!

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