Jan 29, 2022 4:09:02 AM
In this instalment of our blog, we are going to be discussing the very exciting prospect of your first dog!
The shelves are lined with lots of helpful books and there are some excellent websites providing advice on various aspects of dog ownership but, here today, we will touch on some of the most important areas that will leave no stone unturned when it comes to being prepared for your new arrival! Going out to buy all the ‘firsts’ such as a new bed, harness, toys, food and treats is an exciting time, and our Trophy Nutritional Advisors have put together a range of topics you may not have considered…
Choices, choices, choices…
Depending on what stage you are at in making that leap into first-time dog ownership, you may have already chosen your breed, or you may still be pondering between a few that have caught your eye.
If you are yet to make your choice, there are several important considerations including:
Firstly, size is important to consider as, the bigger the dog, the more space is often required. Of course, this runs on a sliding scale with energy requirements, as a smaller, more energetic Spaniel for example, may require more space than an older Greyhound who is satisfied with a daily 20-minute walk.
Coat type is a factor to consider too, with some breeds having a short single coat, to others with long, double coats that require more maintenance and grooming, as well as shedding, which may increase your home cleaning requirements. Some specific breeds such as a Poodle, a Bichon Frise and the Afghan Hound require professional grooming attention which can be costly across the dog’s life.
Next, we will chat more about energy. There are certainly breeds or breed groups that have generally higher energy levels; it is important to note the generalisation here and, of course, this can vary from dog to dog. It can be suggested that breeds such as Spaniels and Border Collies are more widely known for their higher than average energy levels, yet it is a common misconception that breeds such as Labradors and Poodles do not also require plenty of exercise. A common trait here is the traditional working ‘use’ of the breed and it can be easy to forget this heritage especially with the more modern cross-breeds that we are seeing today, for example, the Cockerpoo is actually a cross of two traditionally high energy dogs. As well as physical exercise, dogs require plenty of mental stimulation which could include the use of puzzle games, scent work, reward-based training and other activities; this will prevent your dog from becoming bored and potentially destructive.
Tips for first-time dog owners
Of course, you may already have your first dog and be reading this article wondering what could benefit your new companion the most: we have put together a few tips:
Tips from our Nutritional Advisers:
January is typically when we look ahead and decide what we can do better. We might think of home improvements, sleeping habits, our weight, the level of exercise we need and how we eat. But why not reassess your pet’s needs and do a 5-point check to see how you can make life as good as possible for them too?
It’s not just us humans who look to the new year to begin a healthier regime! Sadly many of our dogs are not in perfect condition either and a new year presents the perfect time to assess the situation and do something about it.
As we head into 2022 there is still some uncertainty surrounding the viability of public events in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation so we’re setting this diary of events out with one eye on the news! For now, we’re going to outline the various dog focused events that we’ve come across for the new year ahead with optimism and our fingers crossed.
Whilst it’s true that the Christmas period might mean your dog has more attention than usual, it can also be a bewildering time for him with several important factors to consider before you even think about pulling the first cracker!