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Making good dogs GREAT!

Adopting a dog at any age is a huge commitment in time, energy, and financially. It’s critical to do thorough research and soul searching before diving into pet adoption. Dogs require: regular exercise, to be fed at least once a day, attention, affection, grooming, socialization, and training. In return they provide you with their unwavering loyalty. It’s more than a fair trade if you ask us, and while we’re completely biased we also know what we’re talking about. You already know about the benefits of dog ownership, now let’s talk responsibility.

A dog is in the puppy stage for at least the first year of life, up to almost 2 years. It could take up to 6 months to housetrain your new puppy, which will absolutely include middle-of-the-night bathroom breaks, and a lot of cleaning supplies. You’ll need to constantly correct bad behaviour and reward good, go for a lot of walks, try out and replace tonnes of toys, and puppy proof your home. Your pup will need professional training, vet visits, and grooming. For your time and efforts you will be rewarded with a new best friend, someone to enthusiastically greet you every time you walk in the door, and a huge source of comfort. There will be setbacks in training, and you’ll likely have to bow out of some social engagements to ensure training takes root, and a puppy sitter for those unavoidable outings – but trust us, you’ll have a whole bunch of family and friends eagerly volunteer!

Dogs HardworkAfter those first 6 months to a year, you’re dog enters adolescence – congratulations, it’s a teenager! Now your dog has established a routine, and knows the rules, but still pushes for control. They have an abundance of energy, but aren’t as likely to chew your shoes. They might pull on the lead, eat a dead bird, or try to jump on grandma though, so you’re still reinforcing training and reminding them who’s in charge (it’s you, by the way – you’re in charge).

By age 3 years your dog is considered an adult but, like humans, the routines and habits of your dog will continue to evolve as they continue to live life and make new discoveries. By now they have fully adapted to your life routine of walks and meals, they understand and comfort your moods, they know where their bed is, not to jump on grandma, and that if they eat a dead bird there will be no post-walk treat.

The senior dog age can start as early as 6 years. At this point there may be a noticeable drop in energy and excitement, which can be attributed to both “been there, done that” as well as arthritis. They may start to nap longer and be less interested in long walks. Your senior dog still has a lot of vitality, and they’ll still be thrilled to see you every time, and provide you with a lot of love and companionship.

Do you have dog questions? Whether you already have a dog or are thinking of getting one give us a call! We can talk to you about training, the advantages of doggie daycare, grooming, and so much more. Call New Approach Canine (519) 208-5559

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These three components are the perfect formula for a healthy and happy dog. Training is important not just for discipline but also to help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by establishing boundaries. Daycare keeps your dog well exercised but more importantly keeps him/her socialized. Grooming is not just about aesthetics. More importantly, a good groomer may recognize things like skin conditions or suspicious lumps and bumps

Together these components are the key to your dogs success.

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