Being a responsible master requires some effort and it is not as simple as you might think … Moreover, taking responsibility must begin before adopting the dog and not only when he arrives at home because it is usually already too late. Adopting a dog is almost comparable to deciding to have children or not because a pet will become a new member of the family. You need to be sure that you can take care of it and that you can educate it properly, moreover, don’t forget that a dog is a wonderful responsibility that will depend on you because it cannot take care of itself.
If you want to know how to be a good handler for your dog and have a healthy and happy pet, read on. In this article, we will give you all the tips you need to know about how to be a good master for your dog. You will see that with a little patience and love, being a responsible master is easier than you might think.
What does it mean to be a good handler for your dog?
* Having a dog in good physical and mental health
Being a responsible guardian of a dog means many things. You’ll have to start by taking good care of your puppy. To take good care of your puppy, you’ll need to provide a safe place for him to live, as well as all the food he needs for good health. You’ll also need to provide him with medical care and take him to the vet frequently. You’ll also need to make time for daily exercise to keep your puppy healthy and happy. Ultimately, you need to make sure your dog is in good physical and mental health.
* Socializing your dog well
Besides, you will need to make sure that your dog does not become a danger to other living things. To do this, you’ll need to properly socialize your dog from an early age. This way, he will learn to live in harmony with his surroundings and will be able to establish good relationships with other people and animals. Although this is a slightly more complicated process than when they are puppies, you can also socialize an adult dog in case you adopt him later.
*Training your dog well
Most dog behavior problems have more to do with the lack of responsibility of guardians than with “bad behavior” of dogs. Many people think that all you need is a garden to have a dog, so these masters do not take responsibility for educating the animal. They think that by only giving them love, they will become experts in dog obedience. Nothing could be further from the truth… And it’s usually when behavioral problems appear that these irresponsible guardians decide that the best option is to give the animal as a gift or to abandon it… In the best of cases, they call a dog trainer or a dog ethologist.
Unfortunately, those who decide to consult a trainer are in the minority. Also, some of these people think that a dog trainer or dog educator is a person capable of “reprogramming” their dog. Irresponsible guardians believe that the dog’s behavior will magically improve with the help of a specialist. If these guardians do not play their part in training the dog, the result will be a dog that only behaves perfectly when the trainer is around, which is not what is meant by being a responsible handler.
What do you need to know before adopting a dog?
A few questions you should ask yourself to know if you are or can become a responsible dog guardian :
-Do you have enough time to devote to your dog every day? (To avoid leaving him alone all day).
-Are you prepared to clean up his needs when he does so in an inappropriate place?
Do you have time to teach him where he can and cannot relieve himself?
-If you can’t spend time with your dog, can you hire someone to walk your dog for at least two hours each day? (It wouldn’t make much sense to have him take your dog out when you can spend time with your dog).
-Will you be able to pay the bills for the vet, his kibble, the tools needed to train him and his toys?
-Are you thinking of adopting (or do you already have) a purebred dog that needs a lot of exercises? Many people adopt puppy terriers because they are small, not knowing that they are animals that need a lot of exercises daily. Other people adopt labradors because this breed is very fashionable without knowing that it is a breed of dog that needs a lot of exercises. These people end up with destructive or aggressive dogs because they need to burn off their energy in one way or another.
-Do you have enough time to socialize and train your puppy?
If you want a large breed, do you have enough strength to dominate him if you need to? Is your monthly budget going to be allocated to feed a dog over 40 kg?
Of course, you also need to ask yourself a few specific questions about the dog you have or the one you want to adopt. For example, if there is specific legislation regarding certain breeds in your city, etc… Generally, the answers to these questions are what you need to know before adopting a dog. We know that the best way to become a responsible master is simply to know the answers to all the questions we have asked you!