It can be a daunting feeling to bring home the new family member! You want to make sure you set yourself and them up for success and that can feel like a 24/7 task, but the good news is: the better you are prepared the easier it will be, so let's look at the gear you want to acquire to be prepared!
While it used to be the case that people viewed muzzled dogs as an admission of a vicious dog, that attitude has been steadily changing, especially in the dog training world. Muzzle-training is becoming more and more commonplace, even in the absence of any perceived threat. Why is that?
We all know dogs; they love stinky and disgusting things and if they can roll in it – even better! Be sure to start training your dog to be okay with water, the bathroom, and washing before it's necessary to wash them when they get into something dirty. If they have never been exposed to it before this happens, it can be a very scary experience for them that they won’t want to participate in again anytime soon. Do yourself and your pup a favour by doing a little training now!
We’re often asked if front clips are okay for gaining more control of a dog during their walks if they are lead pullers or reactive. For anyone going out to get a ‘quick fix’ for their dog’s lead-pulling behaviour, that would be a strong ‘no’ from us. Under specific conditions however, we do feel that they can be useful. Let's discover when and how to use the setup.
Dogs' play and chew habits vary and no dog toy is indestructible. We strongly recommend you know your dog’s habits before easing up on your 100% supervision with toys. Check out our guide to know which toys are best suited to meet your dog’s chew and/or play needs.
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