5 Handy Tips for Life with Dogs

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Life with dogs is undoubtedly better than life without them. They bring love, laughter, and sometimes a little mayhem into your home. If you’re welcoming a new dog into your family, here are a few tips for a smooth transition.

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Life with dogs is undoubtedly better than life without them. Whatever breed you’re into, they bring love, laughter, and sometimes a little mayhem into your home. If you’re welcoming a new dog into your DFW home or if you’re getting a puppy, here are a few tips for a smooth transition.

1. Puppy-proof your home. Life with dogs means your home must be suitable for a new four-legged friend. Do a sweep of every nook and cranny — inside your home and also in your yard. Safely store hazardous materials and check your fence for any gaps or holes. It’s also a smart idea to put away anything breakable — at least until Fido is trained. And when it comes to training …

2. Spend time properly training your dog. Your new furry friend won’t know what’s right or wrong if you don’t invest the time to show him. Whether you opt for one-on-one training or group lessons, it’s well worth the investment. Here’s a look at some of the best dog trainers in Dallas.

3. Designate boundaries. Is there a room in your home you’d rather remain dog-free? Perhaps because there’s furniture you don’t want him chewing on? Use a baby gate to keep your dog out of the area, and then be consistent. Praise your pet when he stays in bounds and then gradually allow him more freedom. With a little time and patience, you’ll be able to trust your pet to stay within the proper boundary.

4. Control dog odors. There’s no doubt about it: dogs have a distinct smell. Especially when they’re dirty. The best way to combat a dog smell in your house is by keeping Fido fresh and clean. It’s easier than ever thanks to mobile pet groomers. Another way to manage odor is by washing your dog’s bedding. Put it through a hot-water cycle and add vinegar to remove any lingering smells.

5. Stay flexible. It’s great to establish rules and a routine for your new dog, but it also helps to remember that your dog is a living being with a mind all her own. Remain flexible as you welcome her into your family. She might not always want to do things your way, but with a good sense of humor and a whole lot of love, your dog will feel right at home.

Life with dogs is full of adventure. If you’re bringing a new one into the pack, follow the tips above to be sure you get off on the right foot (and paw).

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Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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