The moment you buy a puppy your whole life changes. When you come to the conclusion to get a pet it’s like adding another member to your family. In a way it’s like having a kid. From that point everything changes. Your spare time, your schedule, everything will have to be rearranged in order to include the new addition of the family.
But more importantly, and especially during the first few months of having your new puppy, he will require training. Don’t make the mistake and assume dogs are smart enough to know your every thought. Try to remember that dogs are not people. You can’t talk to them like you could your neighbor so training them is important.
Up until dogs are no less than four months old they will use any space as their own personal toilet. Mainly because they can’t help themselves, and second because they really don’t know any better. In order to reduce the amount of accidents that you would have to clean up after your dog you will need to take him out for walks at least every two to three hours thus meaning you will need a very flexible schedule to take care of him. Having another member of your household or someone you could trust would really be beneficial.
You must also correctly guess the nature of your dog. Most dogs seem to respond best to rewards such as treats or snacks. So teach him to come to you when you take him out by rewarding him with a treat or snack. A few dogs go for toys, some go for food, while others prefer playtime. Regardless which one your dog prefers, you need to identify it’s wants and needs and work with them appropriately. For example, Retrievers are an extremely greedy breed that will do anything to get a bit of food, while English Bulldogs are more of a thick-headed breed and are more possessive so they are more likely to respond to a toy that he’s just got to have.
Being patient with your dog is a must. The whole point of exercising patience is for you to get used to and understand your dog’s characteristics and for him to get used to yours. If your dog is not overly aggressive, try refraining yourself from keeping him on a leash whenever possible. Dogs enjoy their liberty and there’s no need to limit it for any reason. Teach him to walk beside you by rewarding him with treats. But don’t reward him every time. Randomly reward him so he can learn when he is about to get a treat or not. In time, your dog will end up forgetting about the reward and will start coming to you out of habit. Also, try not to call him too often as he will probably get bored and start to ignore you. Only call him when you need to, not just because you feel like it.