Dog Ownership 101

Dog owners are incredible people who have chosen to take on heightened levels of responsibility in order to have a furry friend in their life. The dog trainers at Unleash Fido understand that and want to work with dog owners to make that job as easy and fun as possible.

However, your dog will need things from you beyond just food, shelter and training in order to have a happy life. Below are a few aspects of responsible dog ownership that Unleash Fido and dog trainers around the country think are especially important to dog development.

1. Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Your Dog

Something every dog owner should do to make sure their experience with their dog starts out on the right paw is to make sure their home is ready to welcome their new dog.

Whether your dog is a puppy or an older dog from a shelter, bringing a new dog into your home is a big deal and requires your careful attention. Some preparations you’ll want to make include setting up a crate for your dog so they have a place that is their own and puppy-proofing your house.

You must also mentally prepare for your new puppy. This means making sure everybody in your house feels comfortable around the new dog, and it also means establishing a routine to help them feel reassured so they know how to behave.

2. Sign Your Dog Up for Dog Training

Any dog can benefit from dog training. It makes your dog safer, but it also makes your life as an owner easier when your dog understands commands such as sit and stay.

Good dog training makes dogs comfortable around other dogs as well as people. Attending dog training classes with your dog also helps the two of you get to know each other better, not just in the context of having fun, but also in the context of learning.

Tampa and Jacksonville dog owners can get the most reliable dog training from highly qualified dog trainers at Unleash Fido. From dog obedience training to puppy training to other specialized classes, Unleash Fido has got you covered.

3. Make Sure Your Dog is Groomed

Part of being a responsible dog owner is making sure that your dog is regularly groomed, including bathing, brushing, clipping nails and more. If this feels like a big chore to you, you’re in luck — Unleash Fido provides grooming services as part of our doggie daycare program.

We offer standard and oatmeal baths as well as nail trimming to make sure dogs throughout Jacksonville and Tampa stay clean and happy.

We understand that dog ownership is a hard job, but if it’s done right, it can be incredibly rewarding. Contact Unleash Fido today for help with getting your dog on the right track with dog training and other services.