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5 Most Important Things to Know As A First-Time Dog Owner

Who doesn’t love a companion that is sweet, loving, caring, protective, and totally cuddle-worthy? Well, for most of us, the ideal pet companion is a dog that is also dubbed as a man’s best buddy and we couldn’t agree more.


Dogs are the most affectionate, fun, and adorable pets to have around, especially for those who like some company with them at all times. However, just because they are utterly adorable and perfect as best friends, there are still a few things to consider prior to bringing them home. In order to enjoy a happy and loving bond with your canine pet, we have listed down the 5 most important things you must know as a first-time dog owner.

Train your Dog to Follow Commands and Behave
First-time dog owners often make the mistake of spoiling their pets with ample food in their bowl at all times, offering them too many treats throughout the day, falling for their pet’s puppy-dog face, and many more. However, if you want your dog to be well-behaved, you will need to stop spoiling and start training.

You will need to teach it simple commands like sit, no, come here, stay, etc., to make your life easier. These commands also help keep your canine safe in risky situations. Depending upon the temperament and breed of your dog, you might also need to get your dog into obedience classes to make it obey your commands and remain in a good mood in public.

Positive Reinforcement is a must
Your dog might test your patience by not obeying your commands or doing something that irritates you, but you need to maintain your composure at all costs. Many dog owners get aggressive with their pet dogs and when their dogs don’t listen, they simply hit them to correct their behavior. Although it might seem the right thing to do to lightly tap your hand on your dog’s head to stop it from misbehaving, you need to know that it will only make things worse. Always apply positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog and make use of treats to encourage your dog to learn new tricks and commands.

Avoid too much Processed Dry and Wet Food
A healthy dog is the one that gets nourishment and nutrients from home cooked fresh food. However, due to the convenience that commercial dry and wet food offer, many dog owners opt for it without realizing the threat they may pose to their beloved companion’s health and well being.

Commercial dry and wet dog food can be given to your dog, in limited amounts on an occasional basis. It is best to cook homemade food for your canine friend with food items that are fresh and nutritious.

Bathroom Train your Dog First
When you bring your pet dog home, you need to know that it requires bathroom training. You cannot immediately train your dog to defecate in the yard, but you can place a litter box in its room with sand so that it doesn’t spoil your home. Once your dog learns to defecate in a litter box and is comfortable going in the yard, you can train it to use the yard as the bathroom.

Get in Touch with a Reputable Vet
One of the most important things that you need to do first when you get a dog is to get in touch with a reputable vet. Talk to your friends and family with dogs to recommend a good vet for your dog. Make sure the vet you choose is near your home so that you can rush to them immediately in emergencies.

We hope these tips will help make your dog a happy and healthy part of your family.

Guest post thanks to: Spoilt Rotten Dogs day care in Sydney, Australia.

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Giveaway: Zuke’s Puppy and Tiny Naturals

Introducing Zuke’s® Puppy Naturals™ & Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ for Training
New Moist Treat Varieties Designed for Puppies’ Nutritional Needs and Small Breed Dogs! We have a variety pack to giveaway to TWO winners, so be sure to enter below.

Puppy Naturals Lamb & ChickpeaZuke’s now includes new varieties designed for puppies and small breed dogs. These are a great treat for dog trainers across the country, and of course, a fabulous treat choice for puppies and small breeds.

Zuke’s Puppy Naturals are tiny morsels crafted with the special nutritional needs of puppies in mind. Packed with protein, rich in Vitamin A and E, and loaded with DHA and EPA to help support healthy brain development, Zuke’s Puppy Naturals are a perfect complement to a pup’s sensitive stomach, developing taste buds, and playful spirit. The lineup comes available in Salmon & Sweet Potato, Pork & Bacon, and Lamb & Chickpea recipes.

At a new, low-calorie count of less than 1 ½ calories per treat, Zuke’s Tiny Naturals are designed in an itsy bitsy size for small breeds and perfect for delivering rewards frequently when training. The lineup comes available in Tasty Peanut Butter, Tasty Chicken, and Delightful Duck recipes. Each naturally delicious treat is made in the USA and completely free of harsh additives, preservatives, and the common allergens grain, wheat, corn and soy. Tiny Naturals Tasty Chicken

Shared Zuke’s Director of Innovation Chris Meiering, “Dog trainers and pet parents alike appreciate our Zuke’s Mini Naturals for their small size, healthy nutrition, and simple convenience. With our new Zuke’s Puppy Naturals and Zuke’s Tiny Naturals, we kept what people know and love about Zuke’s Mini Naturals’ wholesome treats while adding some special twists that make these new versions just right for new puppies and small breed pets.”

Zuke’s Puppy Naturals and Zuke’s Tiny Naturals will be available across the country starting spring 2016 at pet-supply chains, independent pet-product stores, natural-food retailers, and online.

Our friends at Zuke’s are offering two lucky winners a variety pack! To enter, use the form below. This giveaway is open to those in the USA only. Winners will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Thanks, and good luck!

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Wrangler Honored as 2016 Guide Dog of the Year

Wrangler the seeing eye dog on the Today show Wrangler was honored as 2016 Guide Dog of the Year! The annual award is given by Canine Company to celebrate the important work of guide dogs and raise awareness of Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Wrangler, a 19-month-old yellow Lab guide dog-in-training, has been honored with Canine Company’s 2016 Dog the Year Award for his work as a national ambassador for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Canine Company President and CEO Jennifer Hill presented the award to Wrangler during a dinner following the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic June 13.

For 14 months, puppy-in-training Wrangler appeared as a regular on the NBC Today Show to raise awareness of the mission of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the story of its guide dogs. He garnered more than 212,000 Instagram followers and traveled thousands of miles to raise awareness about the benefits of service dogs. The show’s cast, crew and viewers fell in love with the puppy as he educated them about how guide dogs transform lives.

“Wrangler captured the hearts of millions of people as he grew up before our eyes on television,” said Hill. “His happy, confident personality helped us all understand more about the important work these amazing dogs do, and we are proud to celebrate him with the 2016 Dog of the Year Award.” Wrangler received a trophy and a basket of toys and treats along with his new title.

Wrangler is now undergoing his final and formal training and Guiding Eyes hope to match him with a person who is blind or visually impaired in the fall. They will spend three weeks training together at organization’s Yorktown facility before Wrangler heads to his new home and life as a guide dog.

Wrangler the 2016 Guide dog of the year

About Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss as well as service dogs to children with autism. Since its inception in 1954, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its accredited training programs and lifetime commitment to its graduating teams. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge.

About Canine Company

Canine Company ( provides at-home pet care products and services that help pet parents keep their dogs and cats safe, healthy and happy. The company offers Invisible Fence® brand pet containment systems and Manners at-home obedience training across New England, New York and New Jersey as well as mobile grooming and pet sitting in select markets. For information, call 800-818-DOGS (3647).

For more about Wrangler, visit his blog!

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