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[Paws & Awws] Five Tips for Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Dog

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Do these five things to build a healthy relationship with your new dog.

1. Have your dog spayed or neutered.

If you have been reading my blogs, you know by now that I am a HUGE advocate for spaying and neutering all pets. Here are the facts and reasons to why this is so important.

Here are some of the benefits of spaying/neutering:

2. Socialize, socialize, socialize.

What do they say in real estate? It is all about location, location, location, right? Well, in the dog world, it is all about socialization, socialization, and well socialization! Take your dog with you as much as possible. Visit pet stores, outdoor cafe's, dog parks, regular parks, and busy city streets. Have your dog meet as many different people as possible. Expose your dog to noises such as train and traffic sounds. Your dog should meet over 100 different dogs and over 300 different people by the time they are 6 months old.Doing this helps to prevent issues such as aggression or fear towards different environments and people.

Never leave your dog in your car unattended during the summer or winter seasons. If it is 80 degrees outside, a car can get up to 120 degrees in 30 minutes (even with the window is open a crack!). In winter, the inside of your car can get as frigid as an ice box in 30 minutes. A dog wouldn't last long in conditions like that.

3. Establish a feeding schedule.

A feeding schedule helps with potty training and other issues. It also helps establish who is in charge. Your dog loves food, so maintaining control of it helps establish you as the boss.

Here are some tips for establishing a feeding schedule:

4. Take a walk.

Walking your dog daily helps prevent boredom, allows him to explore, and gives him exercise.

Here are some tips for making your walk enjoyable:

5. Teach your dog to come to you.

Even if you don't want to teach your dog commands, consider teaching him the "come" command. It is referred to as the life saving command.

First, NEVER call your dog to come to you for something negative such as taking medicine, giving your dog a bath (if your dog hates water), or any type of punishment.

Here are some tips to teach your dog to come to you:

Here are some games:

Follow these tips, and you will have a stronger, closer relationship with your dog.

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