Are you dog-owning wrong?

brown dogYou wanted a dog.  You got a dog.  And that’s wonderful.

Now think.  Have you made any changes in your life to give your dog the life they deserve?  Think training, education, management and even a Canine Life Insurance Policy.

Life before your dog

Let us assume the following; before you get your dog, your routine was get up at 7 am, eat breakfast, have a shower, brew some coffee, and get out the door by 7:30 am to get to work.  When you get home around 5-530, you hit the gym, get together with friends, watch your favorite TV show(s), to get to bed at 10, or 11 pm.  Sound about right?

Life with a dog

Now you have your dog.  You have all the accessories needed: new dog bed, maybe a crate, a bunch of toys, food, treats, leash, collar, tags, and you’ve gone to your vet for shots.

If at this point your routine hasn’t changed, you’re not doing it right.  You’re dog-owing wrong.  What I mean is this – something in your life has changed – you own a new dog.  Whether the dog is a brand new pup or a rescue, the life routine you have become accustomed to needs to change, maybe drastically.

Somethings in your pre-dog life needs to change to help your new dog become the dog you want: well mannered, well behaved, obedient.

I don’t know how many times I was out socially and said, “Oh my – look at the time!  I have to go.  I need to take my dog out.”  I would set the alarm on the weekend to ensure I got my pup out at the same time on Saturday and Sunday morning as he does Monday to Friday? Dogs like routine.   They also need leadership, guidance, instruction, training, education and management to become the dog you want them to be.

Please think of the person you were before you got your dog.  Now think of the person you are after you got or get your dog.  Have things changed?  Human changes need to be made for the good of your dog.   To have a well-balanced, properly exercised, polite dog, you need make the necessary changes.  Your dog will thank you for it.