If you’re among the growing numbers opening their homes and hearts to Indie dogs – you have our full support! It’s heartening to see Indies finally receiving the love, care and pampering you will surely shower them with. However, if this is your first trip down the pet-parenthood lane, especially pet-parenthood, to an Indie, there are some things to keep in mind.
Indies, while sturdy and resilient, come with a whole set of quirks of their own. With distinctive characters and unique personalities, it takes a loving, nurturing and patient environment for them to flourish and live their best life fully.
But if you adopted an Indie under the assumption that they would be low-maintenance – you might have already realised that’s not necessarily the case! They’re adapted to local environments and less susceptible to breed-specific illnesses. However, they still have distinctive needs – although nothing a little love and patience can’t address.
With decades of experience interacting with Indies, here’s what our team at Friendicoes believes every pet parent should know as they step into this journey.
Getting to know your pup – temperament and behaviour
Your recently adopted Indie pup may have some inherent behavioural tendencies due to their natural and survival instincts, and it’s best to understand and address these early on. How can you spot these behaviours? Spend quality time with your pup and observe them in various situations.
Building a conducive environment and lifestyle
To make sure you’re providing the most nurturing environment and lifestyle for raising your pup, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
While these tips will help you better understand your new baby and navigate the various responsibilities you hold, perhaps the most important thing to learn about Indies is this: given their inherently self-sufficient nature, their instincts with respect to their likes, dislikes, routine and lifestyle are unsurprisingly strong. They’re very in tune with their needs, and you must be perceptive, learn their communication cues and follow their lead. With time, you’ll find a routine that suits you both, and your trust in them will help build a bond like no other.
Each dog’s temperament and needs will be unique, but we hope this gives you a better understanding of how to raise your Indie puppy. Caring for a dog is a big responsibility, and the puppy days, in particular, can seem chaotic and stressful at times. But we guarantee it’s always worth it in the end. The hectic days of the pup-parent life are to be enjoyed to the fullest and treasured, as you will dearly miss them as time passes. Patience, consistency, gentleness and a whole lot of love will guarantee you a happy and fulfilled pet parenting journey ahead!