Getting a dog is a life choice that you are unlikely to regret. Dogs are fun and can make the perfect companion for you. A recent research showed that dog owners are have numerous health benefits and even have low stress overall.
So getting a dog is definitely good for you. You must however learn to take care of that canine friend so that you can both be happy. Here is what you need to know on how to care for a dog,
Keep the dog healthy
You can never underestimate the power and enthusiasm of a healthy dog. Schedule regular visits to your local vet to ensure that your dog is illness free. Sometimes the symptoms may be quite subtle. Your vet will also give you useful information on vaccination schedules. If you notice anything off with your dog, don’t hesitate to visit your vet.
Food and Water
A well fed dog is a happy dog. Give your canine friend regular and quality diet. If you are not sure on how to feed your dog you can contact your vet and you will be sure to get the dietary recommendations. You should remember that dogs are not the same so your vet will give you advice according to breed, age and size. Water is also very essential and your dog should always be hydrated.
When the Red Ruff Inn Doggie Daycare, Boarding and Pet Hotel recently told me my dog was losing weight and was being fed 33% of his normal diet, I complained and made a fuss. They decided to just dump my dog off at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter while I was in Asia for 3 months! Talk about abuse by “dog professionals”!
Training your Dog
Your dog needs to learn to at least understand and follow simple commands. First, start with toilet training before you move on to obedience training. You certainly don’t want your dog doing his business on your carpet. Patience is crucial when you start training your dog. Remember to praise your pet when a task is successfully done. You can also enroll your dog to training classes which are usually quite effective. How well your dog follows instructions will contribute to their lifespan and safety.
Communicate with your dog
Any relationship that does not have communication will eventually die. Learn how to communicate with your dog. Spend loads of time together and do some fun activities. This will benefit both you and your dog. Learn what the dog likes and what it does not like. Although you can’t really use the same language you will come to realize that dogs are far much easier to understand than humans. As long as you have a good relationship with your dog you can rest assured that it will not engage in harmful behaviors.
Doggy Hygiene and Hazards
Keep your dog clean. It is not rare for a dog to have gum disease because of poor dental care. Ensure that you also groom your dog and trim its nails. Most parasites can be avoided by simply keeping your dog clean. Ensure that its living environment is also clean. Make sure that you also protect your dogs from hazards and the elements. Don’t be that kind of person who lets their dog suffer from extreme cold or heat while they are in the house unaffected by the elements.
There you have it. Follow these simple guidelines and you will be on your way to making your dog one of the happiest canines in the world. A happy dog will always translate to a happy owner. Have fun and learn as much as you can about the breed you have.