When most people think of puppy care, the responsibilities of feeding, grooming, walking, and cleanup come to mind. But there’s much more you can do with your puppy to enhance his life, and yours.
Here are 9 puppy care tips for the owner who’s looking for a more fulfilling pet experience.
1. Get Social
Puppies love to wrestle with chew toys and run circles around the kitchen island. But as good as your dog may be at keeping himself busy, it’s important to socialize him, too. Socializing a puppy involves exposing him to a variety of environmental stimuli, ideally when he is between 3 – 12 weeks old.
If your dog is well socialized as a puppy, he will be more comfortable in many different types of situations as an adult. With you as his guide, introduce him to animals, buildings, crowds, good and bad weather, loud sounds, modes of transportation, music, parks, people, various surfaces, water, and any other experiences you expect he will regularly come in contact with during his lifetime. Walking your dog offers a plethora of possibilities to go out and about and socialize. Dogs love to explore, so you can take him through a variety of different neighborhoods to let him see all that the world has to offer.
Many survey reports show that a golden retriever is the most popular pet in terms of boosting the owner’s social life. People love this breed regardless of the dog’s age or gender. Rest assured, few people will resist playing or cuddling with such a friendly dog and, before you know it, a conversation will have begun – who knows where it may lead? You might make a new friend, or even something more!
As for those pet owners who already have that special someone or simply aren’t interested in meeting anyone new, walking your dog is always fun in the company of friends, neighbors and relatives. Catch up with old friends by inviting them to come on a walk with you and your adorable pet.
Sharing activities with other family members fosters a feeling of belonging and strengthens existing relationships, especially when the activities are stress-free, relaxing and fun.