If you think about it, a lot of human communication happens through body language; an arched eyebrow, a clenched jaw, crossed arms, or a squared chest can tell you a lot about what the other person is thinking. The same is true of dogs, only more so. Over my 30 years of living with them, I’ve learned that you can figure out a lot about a dog’s state of mind just by looking at them.
I don’t claim to be an ‘expert’ on dogs, and on their behaviour and psychology, but having lived with them for over 30 years, I have a fair idea of what makes them tick. I’ve made my share of mistakes with them, and learned a lot in return, but people who want to get their first dog don’t usually have that benefit. So, based on my experiences, here are ten things I believe every first-time dog owner (or, indeed, any dog owner) should do.