How to make your pet dog a part of the family – Part 7

Most, find, that pets can be a welcome part of the family. Especially dogs, with their easy going and unconditionally loving nature. It is often, that people are stumped, in trying to figure out just how exactly you are to bring a new puppy or dog into your home. How to make them feel as part of the family. It’s always a joy, to see the light on someone’s face, to watch a child smile, or see just what kind of impact a dog alone can make on someone’s day. It’s often, that animals are seen visiting retirement homes because of the sense of calm and relief that it brings the clients that attend facilities. Many sing the praises of what a pet can do for those that enjoy their company. But what can we do, that will allow them to be part of the family? It’s not as difficult as you might think.

Firstly, what you want most of all, is for them to already have a place of their own. Dogs are essentially very social, but even they need their own space. Setting up a place for them before they are even taken into the home is the best, so that you can show it to them. Have a comfortable bed waiting. Now you don’t have to go out and spend a great deal of money on some sort of expensive bed. Just because it’s made for dogs doesn’t always necessarily mean it’s the best or what’s going to work for yours. For example, an old pillow with an easily washable case is something that could work, a blanket that you no longer use, a old sheet that was stained or used for a project and is unsuitable for the bedroom any longer. The main thing is, really, to give them something comfortable. Some dogs might prefer to sleep on just a small rug, each dog is different and it may take a few tries to get it just right. In the bedding area, you might want to place a toy or two, something so that perhaps if they are spending the night within the confines of their space, they will have something to keep them company. Despite a place to sleep, they need a place to eat, a bit out of the way of a great deal of traffic. Most dogs get a bit nervous when their eating beside a large traffic flow. So you want to place their bowls in a place where they can eat with little disturbance.

Another note to remember when introducing the dog to your home and to your family is not to shower it with immediate affection. So many think that this shows love to the dog, but instead it might in fact overwhelm the animal. Let the animal get a feel for how the house is really run. I know, that

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