Adult Dog Tips for First Time Owners

By Troy Morrison

Bringing home a new dog is one of the most beautiful moments in life. A dog brings peace and tranquility, and can be highly therapeutic. Dogs are affectionate creatures. But what if the dog you’re introducing to your home has already reached adulthood and formed attachments? Socializing and interaction might be more difficult than you think.

There is no one-size-fits-them-all approach when it comes to dogs– every dog is unique. If you want to win a dog’s love you’ll need to invest time and a bit of effort.

Start by trying to understand your dog and to know his needs. If you give him the loving care that he needs and do things that he loves, he will eventually warm up to you.

Win your dog’s trust by creating a strong bond between the two of you. Regardless of your dog’s personality, you must act like a leader that he can look up to.

Keep a close eye on him and notice what he likes and what he doesn’t like. The more time you spend with him doing things that he likes, the stronger your bond will be.

Dogs are active

Most breeds love the outdoors and don’t really enjoy staying indoors for long periods of time. They aren’t made for a sedentary lifestyle, so you should really make an effort to take your dog out for a walk. This is beneficial for his overall well-being and the bond between the two of you. Don’t forget to use a leash to avoid conflicts with strays or other dogs.

Dogs need to be mentally stimulated

Dog training works for any breed. There are some specific techniques that you must apply for him to learn that it’s not OK to jump on people or stray out of sight. Dogs with a higher-than-average intelligence can be trained to do more complex tasks. Try to teach your dog one little trick a week. You could start by teaching him simple commands and progress towards more complicated tasks. This will make him happy and loyal towards you.

Reward him when he does something right

Professional trainers know that the best method to encourage an animal to behave in a certain way is to give him small rewards each time he listens to you or correctly executes a trick. Thus, your dog will learn to associate that action with receiving a reward. Feed him foods that are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Be extra careful when you feed him off your table. Some foods are toxic for dogs.

Allow him to sleep in bed with you from time to time

An animal that is attached to you will want to spend as much time as possible with you. If you try to isolate him in another room, he might get sad. However, if you don’t want him to constantly sleep in bed next to you, you can let him do it only occasionally. He will then view it as a reward.

Be gentle with him

As any other pet, dogs can get depressed if treated badly. If you often punish him, yell at him, or worst, use physical violence against him, not only will you train him to do naughty things, but your dog will start fearing you. An anxious dog is much more predisposed to heart disease, digestive or respiratory problems. You should avoid being abusive in any way, even verbally.

Follow these tips and it’ll be easier to create a loving bond with your dog. You will come to understand the full meaning of why dogs are “man’s best friend”.

When a dog loves you, he will become annoying in an adorable way.

He will constantly come after you, jump on your lap and beg you to play with him. He does this because he feels comfortable with you and loves your company.

One of the most obvious signs of affection is when he starts licking you. In the moment that your four-legged friend jumps on you and licks you, he’s telling you that he loves you. While it may not be completely hygienic, it’s his way of showing you love.

You will be greeted with enthusiastic jumps and happy howls when you arrive home. There are few things in life that can match the love seen in a dog’s eyes when his master comes home.

When you’re out, your four-legged friend will act like a bodyguard, always hanging by your side and defending you from any perceived threat.

If your dog is displaying at least some of the behaviors mentioned above, odds are that you’ve won his/her heart. Don’t worry if he doesn’t immediately warm up to you. Just treat him right, be considerate and both of you will be happy.

Troy works for a dog adoption service that specializes in finding Maltese puppies a loving home. He is passionate about researching and writing about dog behavior and psychology.