Tips How to Take Care of Your Dog
Here are the 3 most important dog care tips which will ensure you will have a long and happy life together.
1. Exercise Your Dog Regularly and Frequently
Regular and varied walks are not just essential to keep your dog healthy. They also give him the chance to explore new environments and to experience new stimuli, including meeting other dogs. This will help him develop into a contented and well-adjusted dog, and avoid developing problem behavior.
Always supervise your dog’s outside walking and exercise. Remember that not everyone is as fond of dogs as you are. Not to mention that accidents can happen very easily, so keep your dog on the leash unless you are in the safe fully fenced area.
On the other hand don’t make the mistake of over-exercising your dog while he’s still young, as his bones aren’t yet strong enough to cope with the extra stress this puts on him. Shorter period and often is the rule until your dog grows to full strength.
Regular walking also allows your dog to eliminate itself properly.
Don’t make the mistake of keeping your dog in a crate where it cannot even turn around not to mention stretch!
If you have a fenced backyard one of the best solution to take proper care of your dog is to install doggy-door so he can have an extra exercise whenever he feels like or need to go out. It will prevent many health problems in the future.
2. Feed the Proper Food
A high quality dog food is essential for a healthy dog. Always check the labels what are the ingredients. Most dry foods in North America are based on corn as their main component, which may be good for pigs or chicken, but it is Definitely Not good for dogs! Dogs are mainly meat-eaters so the majority of the food should be animal proteins based.
Even when you find dry food where they list meat as their first ingredients, be careful and always check the overall “summary” of the components.
Many pet food companies are using this dirty trick that they list the ingredients one by one, so it would seem that the meat is the main component, because it is listed first, but when you add it together, you will find out that the majority of the components are grain based!
Usually canned food is better, because it is meat based, but be aware of the above trick as well, especially with vegetables.
Please Don’t even try those idiotic “healthy vegetable diets”. They ‘may’ be good for you, but they are definitely Not good for your carnivore.
Of course you can always add some dry food to your dog canned food to make it more interesting.
And always, Always make sure that your dog has an access to clean drinking water.
3. Proper Socialization
Socialize your dog from the first day you bring him home. Socialization means to have him introduce to your home and the members of your household. It also means to try to expose him to every possible event he may encounter in your environment, so he knows what is expected of him, and how to behave in different circumstances.
Socialization also means a proper training of your dog. You can either take him to a local dog training school, or train him by yourself if you have a time and a proper know-how.
Both you and your dog will be much happier if he’s well trained.
Socialization also means Affection. Dogs are social animals, so they thrive in a social environment of their “pack”. They are always looking for their leader attention and try to please him.
If you intend to get a dog and then let him strained alone in your backyard or even a garage for most of the time, then Don’t get a live dog! Let the dog be part of your daily family life