Courtney Green breaks down the ten things she wishes every new dog parent knew and by the end of the episode you'll feel confident to take on this new adventure with your dog. Are you ready?
1. Do not spend so much money on your first month of unnecessary toys blankets and goodies. I wish you would spend that money on training tools courses and things that are going to build your confidence and expertise.
2. Prioritize burning mental energy before introducing your dog to your house. It's really important that you don't just get your new dog take them shopping come home and let them loose. You want to provide structure burn energy mental and physical before starting your journey together. How you set the tone for your relationship in the beginning is how your dog is going to see you
3. Don't just set aside a few days to get your dog adjusted in your new house. Give it at least a week or two and spend time finding a reliable source of help within that time instead of waiting I'm relying on friends and family
4. Make your house safe and understand how new things are for your dog. So don't leave your dog out and about in the first few days. Have baby gates playpens or crate so they can stay safe. If you don't know how they're going to react to trash or curiosity keep them safe and secure. That also means don't let them Rome in the backyard with the doggy door for the first month of getting them.
5. Don't use collars or harnesses in a crate it's unsafe. And also every time you use a caller make sure you use a two-finger rule. For more information on how to choose the right color for your dog you can find that in the dog parent experience
6. Don't introduce your new dog to dogs on the street. Leash aggression is a real thing and you don't want to give your dog start on the wrong foot
7. Don't give in to cute things like chewing stuff and don't give in to crying or barking especially overnight or when they are acting up
8. Do your research for everything. If this was your child you would be very careful on who you get your opinions from. You have the same responsibility to keep this being alive as you do any other being so do what you have to do to make the best decisions for this little one
9. Have a solid plan how your house as a whole is going to reward and punish your dog also what commands are going to use and what the house rules are. It's really important that everyone in the household gets on board with the same plan
10. Don't let guilt make decisions for you. let go of your idea of being too rough or strict. Try not to think like a human and think like a dog instead. See how dogs react with other dogs and try and re-enact that when you're working with your dog. You have to use their language and if you think that something is mean or you're using guilt to make decisions for you, you're not going to get the result you want with your dog.