How to Prepare for the Arrival of Your New Dog

Are you going to buy a Chessie soon? For sure, you are excited for the arrival of a new furry companion. But have you done the necessary preparations? Just like raising a child, owning a dog involves providing it with the proper attention, care, and consistent dog training so that it can easily adjust to its new home. Pet owners should make sure that their dogs are healthy, happy, and safe at all times.

Prepare the dog care essentials

So what do you need to prepare before your new dog arrives? First, make sure you already have all the essential things such as dog food, collar, bowls, grooming supplies, and toys.

Include dog-related expenses in your budget

As a dog owner, better prepare your wallet as you have to spend on regular checkups, dog food, grooming supplies, toys, and emergency expenses. Also, be ready to devote ample time for dog training, which includes teaching the pet how to stop chewing, how to deal with other pets at home, and where to pee.

Give your new pet its own home

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are known for their tendency to be territorial, and it’s only natural for them to be aggressive toward other dogs. So it’s a good option to give your dog his or her own space in your home. It’s best if you can provide your new pup a well-ventilated room. In this area, remove all the objects that can cause harm or injury such as pointed items, poisonous elements, and plants. Get rid of every harmful object that a dog might chew on. You can get chewing toys for your new furry baby.

Be ready to invest time and money for taking care of your dog. Treat it like a friend or even your own kid, and it will grow and live healthy. Your new furry friend will definitely be happy to stay in a place that can provide all his or her needs.

4 Common Dog Behavioral Problems and How to Deal with Them

Sure, Chessies are sweet and adorable companions. But more often than not, your pets can wreak havoc at home and in your life. The endless howling episodes, ripped couch, soiled floor, messy carpet, and—gasp—your dog eating his own poop. These are just a few of dog behavior problems that dog owners usually encounter.

Such problems are frustrating and stressful but admit it: you don’t want to hurt your dear canine friend and you’ll only feel more miserable if you do so. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with your dog’s problematic behavior without yelling at him or hitting him. We spoke with Cesar Rodriguez about dos behavior. Cesar is an experienced dog groomer and owner of Mobile Dog Grooming of Simi Valley Thousand Oaks, and he’s seen pretty much the gamut of different dog behaviors. Here he discusses some common dog behaviors with tips on how to control them.

1. Biting

As opposed to what many people think, biting is not a sign of a dominating dog behavior. Usually, dogs bite because they are frightened or sick. Dogs also bite to protect their masters and themselves. The most aggressive of all dog behaviors, constant biting needs immediate attention from the dog owner. Kids and other household members may suffer from the risk of dog bites. Proper training can correct your dog’s behavior. But before you do it, find out what exactly causes your dog to bite. Seek the help of a professional dog trainer if you want to know more about dog behavior training.

2. Chewing

If your dog’s favorite pastime is chewing on anything at home, there’s no need to worry. Nothing’s wrong with this dog behavior because it’s just natural for dogs to explore the world through their mouth. Chewing is also a sign that your dog is bored or feels pain due to teething. Still, you need to control this behavior before everything in your home becomes torn and ripped apart. You can train your dog by saying “no” firmly whenever he tries to get his mouth on something. Better yet, get your dog some chew toys to keep him busy when he feels bored and lonely.

3. Chasing

Dog chasing can cause harm not only to the person being chased but also to your dog. Imagine how risky it is if your dog bumps into something sharp or pointed while chasing a person or another animal. This dog behavior can be controlled by dog training, which involves putting your dog on a leash or harness until he learns to listen and obey your commands such as “stay” and “sit.” Over time, your pet will learn to stop chasing people or other animals when you tell him to do so.

4. Digging

Like chewing, digging is a natural dog behavior. Dogs dig because they feel hot or want to hide or find something. It’s important that you determine the reason for your dog’s digging so that you know the right steps to take. If your dog is trying to hide something, stop giving him toys or treats until he learns to stop digging. If your dog is trying to cool himself, then it’s a great idea to provide him a crate where he can seek refuge into whenever he feels hot.

When one of these dog behaviors manifests, act on it as soon as possible. Not only does it rid you of serious headaches, but it also improves your relationship with your canine friend. It’s something we highly recommend at Chesapeake Bay Kennels.

Training Your Kids to Handle Your New Dog Properly: A Guide for First-Time Chessie Owners

Dogs and children make a great combination. They have many qualities in common: cute, adorable, huggable, cuddly, and cheerful. They show affection when given enough care and attention. Getting a dog is indeed a wise decision for parents who want to improve their children’s self-esteem, sense of responsibility, and empathy. These tips not only go for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers but any dog as well.

Don’t leave them alone!

When you bring a new dog at home, don’t leave them alone with your kids. You need to watch over them frequently. Most kids are excessively fond of dogs that they lose control when handling them. Make your children understand the feelings of the dog and remind them to play with the new pet with care until he’s adjusted to the new environment.

Teach the young ones to be gentle to the dog

Dog training for children involves teaching them to be gentle with their dogs. For example, dogs hate it when they are squeezed firmly and when they are disturbed while sleeping. Dogs don’t like it when someone moves their food while they’re eating. Sometimes, children find pleasure in pulling the ears or tail of their dogs—or worse, tossing the dogs in midair. Playing too rough might upset or scare the dog, causing him to bite.

Dog training also includes reminding children not to chase the dog or play other games that may encourage the young dog to treat them roughly. Instead, tell the kids to play games such as hide and seek that will train the pup to cooperate with rather than dominate the people at home.

Teach them how to feed the dog

It’s a nice idea to train your children how to feed the dog. But remind the kids not to feed the dog while having dinner at the table. Aside from leaving a mess on the floor, such practice only encourages dogs to reach for the food whenever he wants.

The beauty of dog training for kids is that they learn how to take care and treat a pet properly, and they enjoy making friends with their pets.

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How to Introduce Your New Chessie to Your Other Dogs

If you’re bringing in a new dog at home, one of your first concerns is how to introduce the new pet to your other pets. Depending on their personality, animals react differently to a newcomer. Usually, resident pets find it hard to share the attention and resources at home with a new dog (or any animal for that matter) when they have had the sole attention of their owners for a very long time. Dogs are territorial animals—they feel threatened by the presence of a new pet.

It also doesn’t help that Chesapeake Bay Retrievers tend also to be aggressive to other dogs. They have to be dealt with supervision.

Here are some tips to make your new dog comfortable in the company of the pets already living in your home.

Keep them relaxed

Before the new dog meets his soon-to-be canine or feline companions, put the resident pets in a relaxed mood by feeding them a sufficient meal and walking them around. The new pup should meet your other pets outside your house like in the yard.

Put them on leashes

Make sure that the dogs and the new pup are both on leashes. You may need to ask a friend to help you control the dogs should they engage in a vicious barking war. Expect some display of hostility from the older dogs like growling or even biting. And when they do, don’t hesitate to discipline them. On the other hand, if your resident dogs behave appropriately, give them reassuring gestures like touching and rubbing their head and ears. You can let both dogs off their leashes if they don’t show any intentions of hurting each other.

Walk the resident and new pets

Walk the resident pets with the dog for about an hour. This is a good way of dog training as the new dog will learn to socialize and feel comfortable with his new housemates. Then take the animals to your home and walk them again for about 15 minutes. This will familiarize the new dog to his new home and will make the older pets adjust to a new canine friend.