We all want the best for our dogs, so where do we begin?
We always begin with the health of dog at any age it may be. We must first find a veterinarian, I always suggest having 2. The reason; if one isn’t available you still have the other. Always have a veterinarian close by and one a bit further. The most important factor in choosing a veterinarian is experience and how they treat you and your dog.
The next important factor is food; there are hundreds of different brands and ingredients available.
To choose one brand is hard, but research will be your best bet. Just because it’s expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good, seek a brand that fits your budget. Don’t fall for pictures on the packaging just because you have the same breed. Ask your breeder or a pet shop (family run not chain pet shops) that has been in business and knows a lot about the available foods. Another good source is to ask a professional trainer they will give you a lot more information because they will access the needs of the dog according to the age and activity levels.
You don’t have to give bottled water to your dog, tap water will suffice.
Bowls should be heavy and of good quality, for ease of cleaning, disinfecting and not easily move when your dog eats. Also ask a trainer for their suggestions, and a family run pet shop. Chain pet shops want sales plus they have no clue. Small Example; a dog with swallowing issues might need a higher elevated bowls, a pet shop sales person does not ask questions prior to selling bowls. While the experience will ask many questions and give you several suggestions. Always ask a true professional or knowledgeable experienced people.
When looking for crates or beds, look for quality it will last a long time. If it’s a puppy buy a few sizes bigger they will grow in to them. Many crates or cages have dividers to help with the transitions of growth. When it comes to collars and leashes; I always suggest the quality nylon webbing for the everyday use, plus its budget friendly and easy to clean and use.
Deciding to train or not? Simple answers yes training is vital to the dog’s life and safety, the question is which trainer or training school you should choose.
The old saying you get what you pay for, so be vigilante when choosing.
Chain training schools are like chain restaurant, you get to eat but the food is not great. Choose a trainer with many fields of training knowledge and experience, ask them if they have on hands experience in other training fields; search and tracking, agility, military agility, protection training, detection, narcotics, explosives, trick training just to name a few. Always make sure they have a strong background, ask questions and see if it makes sense to you. Call around, see who takes the time to listen and explain. Then make a choice, remember a trainer of your choice should have a background as a Behaviorist, Ethologist & Psychologist. Text book experience is useless but on hands experience goes a long way. Book smart doesn’t show the variables in every situation.
The results you will see aren’t only based on the trainer, but a joint effort between both trainer and owner. If the owner doesn’t practice with their dog the results will be apparent. The owner is at fault.
Results are achieved with my formula which I have mentioned many times
Patience, Persistence, Consistency & Repetition
M.D.T. With over 32 years experience
All Aspect of training, Behaviorist, Ethologist & Psychologist
Executive Dog Training Inc.