Caring for a Dog

Dogs are wonderful but they require a lot of special care. From grooming to exercise, dogs are no different than us. Dogs have daily requirements such as food and water but they also have monthly and yearly requirements such as veteranarian visits and shots. Taking good care of your dog is very important to ensure your dog has a long, healthy, happy life.

Food and water is essential for any dog especially a growing puppy. It is important that your dog has water available to them at all times. Food can be hard to choose. There are many different brands with different ingredients. To choose the best one for you dog ask a veteranarian.

Grooming is essential for some dogs while it may not be for others. Some dogs require a visit to the groomers about once every other week while others never have to visit the groomer. If your dog has long hair you should probably take them to the groomer at least once a month. If your dog sheds but has relatively short hair you can probably brush them once a week and cut down on the shedding. Also, use a shed reducing dog shampoo and conditioner. If your dog has short hair and doesn’t shed you should still brush their coat about once every other week but a trip to the groomer is probably not needed.

Exercise is important in any dogs life. You should measure the amount of activity it takes to get your dog calm and tired. Some dogs require just a big back yard while others require lengthy walks on a daily basis. If your dog is very energetic they will probably require more exercise. Larger dogs usually get tired faster and may be more suitable for a family that doesn’t have a lot of time to spend walking their dog. Some smaller dogs can have a lot of energy and would be great for the active, on-the-go family. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise.

Attention is something that all dogs require. Dogs naturally want to be close to their owners. If you ignore your dog they will surely become depressed and probably miserable. They will not show any interest in anything. Be kind to your dog and pay attention to them. Playing with your dog is a great way and fun thing to do with your dog. Teach them to play fetch and tug-of-war and you and your dog can spend hours of fun playing.

Veteranary visits should be considered once a year. Your dog should stay current on their shots and health records. Pick a well-known, reputable vet in your area.