10 Things No One Tells You Before Getting a Dog

10 Things No One Tells You Before Getting a Dog

At North Paws Ranch we are always excited about a new dog finding a home!  Bringing a dog into your family is such a wonderful experience, but it also comes with a few struggles. When you let a dog enter your household, expect constant kisses, cuddle sessions, and lots of fun for sure. There is no doubt that you’ll have a wonderful time with your new family member, but there are a few inevitabilites that you might not know about being a dog parent. Here are a few things no one tells you before getting a dog, so we did!

They love rolling around in gross, stinky things

Your pooch will probably find it hard to resist rolling around in anything stinky they comes across. Horse poop, dead fish, something unidentified (but gross smelling), it doesn’t matter – dogs don’t want to smell nice. No one knows exactly why this happens, but there are a few theories floating around. The first theory is that they like the smell and want to wear it as a perfume – proudly showing off the lovely (not) smell. The second theory is that they use those smells to camouflage their own natural scent. And the third theory is that they’re trying to bring back information via scent to the pack. Which brings us to our next point…

They love peeing on everything

Your pooch will pee on many items that they comes across and it’s a communicative behavior for them – dogs are able to get information about others dogs by sniffing their urine. They can identify whether a dog is in heat or how long it’s been since the dog was last in the area, for example. And don’t think that peeing on things is just a male thing! Female dogs also like to make their mark – if your dog stops to sniff something, be prepared for him to either pee on it or roll in it.

They’re incredibly needy and will not let you forget it

Dogs need you all the time – all day, every day. If you’re planning on sitting down in front of Netflix for a few hours without being interrupted, think again. Your dog doesn’t care. Your pooch will expect you to take him out when he wants, play with him when he wants, and feed him when he wants. He will bark at you, pace back and forth to catch your attention, paw at your computer screen, nudge your arm continuously, drop a ball in your lap and more until you stop what you’re doing and put 100% of your attention on him. Just expect your daily routine to change completely.

You will never have nice furniture again

You may try to enforce a “No dogs allowed” rule when it comes to your furniture but that won’t stop it. As soon as you walk out the room, your favorite friend will be on your couch and they will look too cute for you to want to remove them.  This is going to go one of two ways – you are either going to have your furniture chewed to bits (depending on the breed!), or there will be a major indentation in the middle of your sofa in hair where your pooch has been sleeping for 8 hours while you’ve been at work.  Thankfully, there are quirky ways to keep your pup off the furniture!

Don’t even think about leaving food unattended

You could leave your dinner on the roof of your house and your pooch will still find a way to get to it. It’s best to teach your dog the command “leave it” until he understands to not grab food within seconds of finding it. It’s not going to be easy, but don’t think your dog won’t do it.

Planning a vacation is going to be hard

When you don’t have a dog, it’s easy to book a last minute getaway trip to Paris. When you share your life with a pooch, traveling requires a good dog daycare. It can sometimes be difficult to find a reliable pet sitter or boarding kennel that you trust with your pooch. Coordinating schedules with a friend or family member won’t always be easy, you can’t always rely on someone to be there when you’re not. Vacationing with your dog is possible but you would have to look into pet-friendly hotels, activities, and researching all the rules and regulations if you’re traveling by plane.

Your house is going to always smell like dog

Dogs smell – that’s a fact. They’re not going to smell like roses. People usually expect this, however, people don’t expect their house to constantly smell like dogs. If you let your pooch sit on your couch, bed, or your blankets then all those items will also smell like dog. Febreze and candles may help, but it isn’t a long-term solution and your house will never smell the same again.  Thankfully, there are some simple ways to ensure your house doesn’t smell like a kennel.

Dogs eat their own vomit and poop

If your dog throws up, clean it up as soon as possible because your pooch will eat it. It isn’t weird for dogs to eat their own vomit, it’s just natural behavior. Female Dogs throw up food for their pups to help them get used to eating solid foods – gross!  When dogs see vomit they think of it as food, not something gross.

Fleas are going to live with you forever

Fleas are an absolute nightmare to get rid of. First, your dog catches them, so you treat them on your dog. But now you have them in your carpet and on your furniture, so you have to treat your whole house to avoid them coming back. The process is strict, and if you miss anything, you will have to start all over again.  Flea management depends mostly on location, but there are very manageable and effective ways to combat them for your pooch and your home!

Training will take up lots of your time

Teaching your dog basic commands is just the beginning of a long journey,  Getting your pooch to fully listen means that you will need to work with them every day to reinforce good behavior. You will go through numerous amounts of toilet roll, to say the least. Training your dog every day is just as important as keeping its health up and feeding them, so make sure you dedicate a few hours a day to it.


At North Paws Ranch, we offer daily training and dog socialization as one of our many services!  So if you are looking for a more personal touch when it comes to training your pooch, head on over to Las Vegas and visit us at the Ranch!

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