"I learnt that dogs have the most genuine, the purest of emotions one could ever hope to have."
How I did it: Well, Got one from the puppy shop.. first of all.
And then it was just my dog, me, Love, and, Life.
I cuddle my dogs and never reject or shrug them off when they snuggle up to me no matter how busy I am. Coz this is just what they deserve in return of the unconditional love that they shower you with without any apprehensions or misgivings. They trust you and they trust with a completeness which is unparalleled.
Lessons & tips: one thing before u set out to even choose a puppy, ask yourself, " do I really have in me the capacity and the ability to love a little creature enough so as to not be permanently pissed with him dirtying my house, licking my face and creating chaotic situations at times?"
If the answer if yes, only then proceed.
Once u get your puppy home. Remember he's just been separated from his mom, so NEVER throw your little dog to the other room at night, if u cant tolerate him in bed at least let him stay in your room with u, this is the least u could do to lessen his pain.
Cuddle him, even if your not the very snuggly, expressive kind of a person, do it every now and then.. believe if it has a wonderful effect on you as well as your dog.
Get him VACCINATED. There is nothing more painful than watching your new puppy die a gruesome, early death due to a disease you cud've prevented had you got it vaccinated at the right time.
Dogs have limited traffic sense. Domestic dogs have little traffic sense. And puppies have NO traffic sense. So take care he doesn't stray out into a busy road.
Feed your puppy whenever you can with your own hands, even your full-grown dog, provided he's not the biting kinds.
NEVER chain dogs. Unless you want a vengeful-looking, growling, irritated and ill-natured one who can just guard your house and pounce at every single stranger.
Dont leave your puppy or dog alone for long. It KILLS them. They're way more sentimental than us human beings and they're not so good at handling separation. They know nothing but pure attachment.
Get your dog trained if you have the money enough, or train him small little basic commands such as "sit" "eat" and "stay" yourself. Potty Training is also a very important issue. Although almost every dog, esp the large breeds potty train themselves by the time they turn 1.
Know your dog. Know his usual disposition, so that you know he's not well when he's acting unusual or strange.
Regular visits to Vets have always done more good than harm. So nothing too bad about taking you dog to one every once in a while for a check up.
Last but not the least, LOVE your dog. and show it to him. Thats all that he asks of you. Nothing more and nothing less.
Resources: My own experience, d vets, and a little medical info off the net :-)
I never read any dog parenting books though, but I do not say they're all in vain. You gotta check out some if u feel you having issues or aren't ready enough for adopting a dog. They give you a lot of psychological preparation too :-)
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