Whether puppy, adult dog or senior – every new dog will change your previous life. If you want to create a strong foundation for your human-dog relationship, you should orient yourself towards these goals for the first year with your new pet.
Mutual trust is the be-all and end-all. After the first year together, your dog should know that you are their caregiver, whom they can rely on at all times. For example, many dogs show their affection through these gestures:
But it is also important that you get to know your dog very well and know that you can trust him.
Being able to trust each other is important. © stock.adobe.com/LeslieAnn
Routine means safety for your dog. If he knows the daily routine as well as you do, he feels good. Because then he knows what is in store for him. You should definitely have achieved this after the first year together.
As soon as your dog feels safe in his environment, you can also venture out on new walks or trips to places that are still unknown to him. This is how you provide variety.
Routine is good for your dog. © stock.adobe.com/baranq
To keep your dog healthy for as long as possible, you should take him to the vet regularly throughout his life. In the first year in the new home, the dog has to make a few visits to the vet – this is especially true for puppies. The following treatments, among others, may be necessary:
In the first year in particular, there are some examinations to be carried out. © stock.adobe.com/didesign
In the first year with a dog, you should have completed a course at a suitable dog school with all the important basics. A professional dog trainer can help you and your dog get problems out of the way early on.
In the dog school, you and your dog get to know each other better and can deal with problems together. This creates a strong basis for the human-dog relationship.
The dog learns important basics in the dog school. © shutterstock.com/Christian Mueller
After your dog has lived with you for a year, you should know what he is trying to tell you with his body language. He too should know what a clear “no” means and understand your body language signals.
A harmonious togetherness can only develop if you understand each other fundamentally.
Your dog should understand your body language. © stock.adobe.com/annaav
After a year, your dog should know that behavior such as biting or jumping is taboo. You should have shown him which behavior is desirable and which is inappropriate.
In the same way, you should have already found out in the first year what your dog doesn’t like at all. In turn, while your dog will respect the boundaries you have set for him, you should also consider his or her needs.
Rewards show the dog what behavior is desirable. © stock.adobe.com/Conny Hagen
After a year, every dog should know the most important basic commands. These include “seat”, “seat” or the callback.
It’s okay and completely normal for your dog to not hear right away every now and then. But you should definitely practice these important commands. Because these can make everyday life easier for you and your dog and can be decisive in dangerous situations.
If the call back works, a lot has been gained. © stock.adobe.com/CallallooFred
If you have other family members living with you, your dog should get used to them after the first year. This also applies to other pets. For example, dogs can learn to live in a household with cats.
If the peaceful coexistence does not work out after the first year, you can ask an animal trainer for professional advice.
Dogs and cats can get used to each other. © stock.adobe.com/kathomenden
If you have achieved these goals, you and your dog have already achieved a lot. Now you should continue to invest time in training with your dog, because there is still a lot you can do after the first year to further strengthen the bond with your dog.
You are sure to encounter some hurdles too. It is important that you then do not give up, but seek professional advice from a dog trainer. He will surely be happy to help your dog and you and work with you on problems.