Number 5 – Your Life will change dramatically
The day you bring a young dog into your life ideally is the beginning of a long and happy relationship that will last until the end of your dog’s life. If you are ready to take on such a huge responsibility, then expect your life to change. Especially if you are raising your new dog for a companion role. But even if your puppy is going to spend most of its life outside as a property guardian or livestock guardian, you still need to train it: Establishing leadership and communication with your new dog is crucial, no matter what role in your life you want them to fill. So be prepared to miss out on many hours of sleep, seeing your friends, pursuing your hobbies, going out for meals and so forth: You will need to give at least a few hours of quality time to your young dog. Every single day. This is especially important during the first year of their life.
Number 4 – How to raise a perfect Puppy
Again, if you are here with me right now, you are making a big step into the right direction: You are seeking information on how to best prepare for your new role as a responsible dog owner. So, I want to encourage you to keep moving forward in that direction: Keep researching and informing yourself about how to best raise a puppy. We here at Fenrir have developed a “Perfect Puppy Course” to help people just like yourself with a step-by-step manual – which will guide you through the entire first year of your dog’s life. If you are interested in the Perfect Puppy Course, simply click the link down in the description box below.
But in any case, I encourage you to choose any training material that resonates with you, and/or to hire a local dog trainer to assist you. Instead of running into behavioural problems later, it is always better to get it right the first time around. And whilst your dog is still very young, you have this amazing opportunity to shape them into the canine companion – or working dog – that you want to have in your life.
Number 3 – Crucial for your Success: Breed Selection
There are approximately 360 dog breeds on the planet, and finding the ideal one for you is not easy. Unless you already have a breed in mind that you absolutely want to have – and that you have lots of personal experience with – I highly recommend you take your time with breed selection. On this channel, “The Fenrir Canine Show”, we feature many different breeds to help people just like you to find the perfect canine companion for their needs and their living situation. But whatever resource you choose, make sure to delve into videos and articles about every breed that you are considering. In this way, you know what you are getting into, so to speak, and you can avoid unpleasant surprises.
Number 2 – Couch Potato or Sports Dog: Picking the perfect Temperament
This topic is related to the previous one, as breed- and temperament selection are vital when it comes to choosing any pedigree puppy. Temperament selection is particularly important if you live in a family setting, or in an apartment: A good family dog who will be patient with children needs to be on the calm, laid-back end of the scale. Of course, if you want an energetic sports dog, then you want to pick an active, engaging and curious puppy.
Within every litter “produced” by a professional breeder, there is a spectrum ranging from more outgoing and confident all the way to laidback, calm and even borderline shy. Of course, depending on the breed, this spectrum can be on the high energy- or on the low energy- end of the scale. For example, if you have a litter of Belgian Malinois, even the calmest puppy will be more energetic than a high-energy puppy in a litter of English Mastiffs.
Number 1 – There is Perfection in any Puppy
… And it is your job to bring that perfection to full fruition. How you do that is by providing the young dog with everything they need, such as vet care, quality food, toys, comfortable dog beds and so forth. But most of all, you need to be your puppy’s calm, consistent canine leader. You need to be someone whom your little guy, or girl, can look up to for guidance and direction in all situations and circumstances. In this way, you are building trust, and this trust will allow your puppy to explore life, always knowing that you have got its back. In this way, you will give your dog the best start into an amazing life.