Just like when you start anything new or unfamiliar, the first step is the hardest and it all seems just way too overwhelming or intimidating. If we’re talking about your first time owning a dog, though, you’re in luck! BrilliantPad is here to help.
Here are five things that new pet parents need to pay attention to:
What goes into their mouth.
Just like babies, dogs - especially puppies - put everythingin their mouths. Make sure that what goes in your dog’s mouth is supposed to be there. Keep things like jewelry, clothing, shoes, and anything else you don’t want your dog to find high and out of reach.
You can tell a lot about a person by their body language and it’s the same with dogs. If you notice that your dog’s ears are down or their tail is between their legs, they may be experiencing anxiety or fear. Find the source of this and remedy it as soon as you can.
Just like you, some dogs are a little lethargic getting up in the morning. That’s okay!. The thing to pay attention to is your dog’s energy level during the day. Note throughout the day when your dog is excited and when they’re a little more relaxed. If your dog typically greets you excitedly at the door when you get home but doesn’t, that could be a red flag and something to keep a close eye on.
A dog’s gums are actually a pretty accurate indicator of their overall health. Gums should be puffy and pink, like your own. If you notice any grayish or blue coloring at all, get your dog to the vet as soon as you can as this can be indicative of some serious health issues.
Their potty routine
Especially with older dogs, pay attention to your dog’s potty routine. If they’re going more or less often or their #2 looks a little different than it usually does, this could be a sign that your dog is having some gut health issues and needs to see a vet. Our BrilliantPad SMART machine is equipped with some additional features to help you keep a closer eye on things like this.
The most important thing to remember is to stay positive and patient with your puppy. Learn more at www.BrilliantPad.com