In time, with the correct training and care, your puppy or dog will hopefully become a well-adjusted adult who is a pleasure to own and a credit to you and the dog society at large. This section includes information for when you first bring your puppy or dog home and provides support and tips on socialisation environment, feeding, walking and much more. When you collect your new puppy it will probably be nervous being taken away from its litter and environment for the first time.
Here are some tips on how to make your new puppy as relaxed as possible:. Finally, remember to buy your dog identification tag , more information about the Control of Dogs Order is available here. Find out more about Compulsory Microchipping. Giving your dog a sense of purpose and accomplishment increases his well being. Breeding should only be done for the advancement of the breed.
If you are thinking about breeding your dog, consult your breeder for advice. If your female dog goes into heat, keep her properly secured. If you plan to breed your dog, it is very important to test for health and disease. Perform all available tests to rule out the possibility of passing on a genetic defect.
Many clubs offer educational seminars and health clinics. Explore the world of dog sports by participating in AKC events. The AKC offers titles for accomplishment over a wide range of levels. The AKC offers many performance events geared toward specific breeds. Your children can learn more about dogs and dog care by participating in AKC Junior Showmanship events.
Through the National Junior Organization, your child can compete in conformation and performance events, attend seminars , and even earn scholarships.
If you plan to breed or show your dog, find an experienced person in the breed to show you the ropes. Keep up with the latest dog news by reading AKC publications. Owning a friendly, clean, well-mannered dog reflects positively on the species. Not everyone will love your dog as much as you do. Keep your dog on your property.
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Be a voice against legislation directed against specific breeds. The CGC program has become a standard for recognizing obedient dogs and responsible dog owners throughout the country. Compare Breeds Compare up to 5 different breeds side by side. Dog Name Finder Browse our extensive library of dog names for inspiration. Find out the best and worst foods for your dog and which to avoid. Additional Resources AKC. Get Started in Dog Training.
Clubs Offering: Training Classes. Sign In Sign Up. Sep 07, 9 Minutes. Prepare to Be a Responsible Dog Owner 1. Recognize the commitment Before deciding that a dog is right for you, make an honest assessment: are you ready for the financial, emotional, and time commitment owning a dog requires? Evaluate your lifestyle Think about the type of dog that will best suit your lifestyle. Make a list Based on your evaluation, what qualities do you want in a dog? Choose a breed Once you have made your list of ideal characteristics, do some research to find out which breeds fit that profile.
Get referrals to responsible breeders You have a better chance of success if you get your dog from a responsible, ethical breeder. Contact breeders Reach out to breeders in your area. Expect questions A responsible breeder or rescue organization will ask you extensive questions about the type of home you can offer a dog. Prepare to wait for the perfect dog Availability varies. Commit to Dog Ownership Get it in writing Information about the sale or adoption should be in writing.
Get your papers You should receive an AKC registration application from your breeder when you purchase the puppy. Register your dog Send your completed application to the AKC. Buy the necessities…and toys. Make a schedule You and your family members should decide who will be responsible for food, water, walks, exercise , cleanup, and grooming. Dog-proof your house Prepare your home before your new dog arrives.
Set a containment policy Make sure the yard is securely fenced or that you have a run for your dog. Make a bed Create a comfortable area — whether a crate , a dog bed , or a pile of blankets — for your dog to go to when he needs rest or privacy. Bring Your Dog Home Name your dog Your breeder may have suggestions or even requirements for his AKC-registered name , but his call or informal name is up to you.
Make introductions Introduce your dog to your household slowly. Introduce other pets Family pets should also be properly introduced to your new dog. Housetrain Whatever method of housetraining you choose, make sure everyone in the family enforces it consistently. Set house rules Teach your dog from the beginning what is and is not appropriate behavior. Keep Your Dog Healthy Exercise Take your dog for walks, play games, run in the yard, throw a ball around — anything to stimulate his mind and body. Vaccinate Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations and keep a copy of his records handy.
Prevent disease Depending on where you live, your dog could be at risk for diseases like heartworm and Lyme disease. Repel fleas and ticks Keep your dog, his bedding, and your home free from parasites. Bathe your dog Wash your dog with shampoo meant for canines. Groom your dog Some short-coated breeds need just a quick brushing every week, while some longer-coated breeds need daily brushing to prevent matting and reduce shedding. Keep your dog fit and trim Feed him a well-balanced diet and give him plenty of exercise. Be alert to changing needs As your dog ages , his needs will change.
Know when to let go If, due to illness or old age, your dog reaches a point where his quality of life is severely compromised, arrange to end his life humanely. Keep Your Dog Safe ID your dog He should wear an identification tag with your name, address, and phone number at all times. This is not a situation any loving dog owner wants to face. Behavioral considerations are the reason that most trainers recommend against adopting two puppies at once.
Not surprisingly, it costs twice as much for routine feeding and care for two puppies as it does for one. Clean up. One pup produces more than enough waste for any sane human to deal with, and with two pups you naturally double the production. One pup is likely to learn to eliminate in a corner of the pen reasonably quickly, and will hopefully avoid tromping through it.
Two puppies may select two different corners of the pen as designated bathroom spots, which doubles the chances of poop tromping. Picture yourself coming home from a long, hard day at work, tired, looking forward to a little loving puppy cuddling, to find a pair of poo-covered pups in a pen plastered with the stuff from one side to the other.
We normally recommend the umbilical cord approach to housetraining: at first keeping your pup on a leash or tether, or with you, under your eagle eye, all the time, and going out to the designated potty spot every hour on the hour. Which pup did it? Oh no! I see teeth marks on the corner of the antique loveseat!
With two pups, you have to increase management and supervision on both of them, and may never know for sure which one is having accidents. Others say get two boys. Some might specifically warn against getting two girls, stating that two female adult dogs in the same family will fight. Plenty of mixed-sex pairs do the same. There are same sex pairs that end up with conflicts, and there are mixed-sex pairs that end up fighting with each other despite super-bonding.
It does seem to be true and there are some studies that indicate that intra-pack conflicts involving two females tend to be more intense than intra-pack issues between two males, or opposite sex pairs. Is the extra fun of having two puppies at one time worth all the extra time, energy, cost, and headaches? But if you decide to do it anyway, and are ready to do all it takes to make it work, then you have my sincere blessings and best wishes. But please, be honest and realistic about whether you and your other human family members really have the resources and commitment to give both pups what they need to ensure their lifelong loving home with you.
Go find your two wonderful puppies and have an absolutely great life with them. Miller lives in Fairplay, Maryland, site of her Peaceable Paws training center. I adopted 3 female littermates 11 years ago beforee I knew anything about super bonding or any other reason for not adopting them together. I do separate them at times for walks, vet visits, training and just giving them space.
What if we figured out this was a huge mistake to get 2 puppies at the same time. I am angry at the so-called reputable breeder for not talking us out of taking 2 puppies home. That being said, is it too late if we decide to part ways with one of the pups. They are 5 months old?
Problems Associated With Adopting Two Puppies at the Same Time
Would we be doing more harm then good if we found a new home for one of the pups? Sometimes, the best thing you can do to stay happy, positive pet owners and to keep your pets happy, content pets is to give them away. If you want to be a good pet owner when doing so, make sure to treat every candidate who is interested in your pet like a job applicant.
Do they have income? Do they have knowledge of the breed? Do they travel a lot? I think its important to really pin down the issues that make you consider giving the pet away and make sure a new home does not present those same issues otherwise they may regime the pet again and they may end up in a worse condition than you would have wanted. And maybe a trainer can provide solutions to the issues you have.
But sometimes the best life you can give a pet is with someone else. The last thing you want is to grow to dislike your pets.
I have 2 new shicon Male almost 4 months old. Same litter. All of the above issues r real.