Getting ready to meet your boo’s doggos? For many pet parents this is a make-or-break moment. After all, their beloved pup was around way before you hit the scene and, if it goes badly, they’ll be around long after you’re forgotten.
Now don’t go cancelling the meet, because we have some tips to help you get that paw print of approval!
Trust us, you won’t be the only one with nerves, your boo’s pooches will be unsure about this strange person in their environment too. While that gorgeous doggy face may be begging for some love and kisses, your best bet is to remain calm and casual until they’re ready to come to you for a proper sniff.
While you’re waiting, be sure to gush to your partner about their furry family, but that you’ll wait for the doggos to be comfy and ready to meet you. Your consideration is bound to score you extra brownie points.
When the pup is ready to get a little closer, gently extend a relaxed hand (palm down) and let them find a distance which feels safe to them.
Reserve your lingering and loving stares for your partner and avoid direct eye contact with their pup. Eye contact in Puppy World can be a threat or a challenge – definitely, something you want to avoid!
Seeing you interact also allows the pooch to see their parents like and accept you. Letting the doggo watch you in a loving and familiar environment will likely boost the four-legged family members' positive opinion of you.
This one is a twofer! Consider showing up to date night with some treats (to reward a good boy or girl) and an enrichment toy for calm mental stimulation. You could even throw in a little bling for good measure with one of our Designer Dog Collars.
Remember, always double-check with your date which collar measurements will fit best. Also, ask which treats and toys are safe for the intended doggie. We say this because every pup is different, and you need to consider food allergies, breed-specific needs, and medical conditions. Not to mention, these queries might gain you tons of extra brownie points!
Fur children function best with routine and structure, so consider this when scheduling dates. If the pup needs their walk, consider working their needs into your romantic plans.
There is nothing quite like the bonding experience play can offer people and pups. Playtime doesn't only give the doggo exercise and gets rid of anxious energy; but also lets you get to know the pooch a bit better.
Just make sure you stick within the pups’ limits and never try to force a play session. We strongly advise not to engage in rough play with the doggie because it can create negative associations that can be very hard to break.
When you consistently show understanding for their needs, cherish and care for them, you will be on your way to being the new favourite in the house.
Now that you have the tools, you can successfully win over your partner's pup. Just remember to live in the moment because that is the way of the dog!
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Helping doggos in need is a cause that’s really close to our heart, which is why we have a Valgray charity drive every year. Over the years we have been proud to donate much needed blankets and dog food to the incredible animal rescues you recommended, as well as gifting designer dog collar and leash sets to newly adopted pooches so they can start their new lives in style.
Valgray is one of the few brands that caters for all dog sizes. From our extra-small collars for the truly tiny pooch to the extra-large collars for giant breeds, we go the extra mile to make sure your fur-babies can put their best paw forward.
It’s important to measure your pup’s neck to make sure your new collar will fit comfortably. Remember to include some space around the neck for your pooch’s safety and comfort. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.
Once you have your doggo’s measurements, check our sizing guide below for the best collar size.
No problem! You can use a variety of household items to safely measure your dog’s neck. See our guide here.
Don’t have a tape measure lying around? No problem! To learn how to measure your dog's neck safely with various household items, click here.
We try our best to cater to every breed, but some doggos might need a little extra at-home customisation to achieve the perfect fit. Making adjustments to our soft, PVC-coated nylon straps at home is easy. Simply use a standard leather punching tool to add additional holes, or use a utility knife to trim the length of your collar.
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