It’s important to provide any pet with the best standard of care you can. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on them or, completely change your lifestyle to look after them. Here are a few tips.
A good diet is essential to the care of any pet. The food you give is dependant on the size and breed of your dog. Obviously, smaller dogs will need less food than big dogs. If you are unsure what to feed your pet, speak to your vet.
Natural diets are much better for your dog than cheap, processed food. There are products out there that keep your dog’s diet as natural as possible or, of course, you can always cook your dog its own meals.
Dogs need water throughout the day. If you go out, leave your dog with plenty of water. If you dog is exercising more than normal then it’s best to take water with you on long walks or trips to the park.
If your dog is acting a bit under the weather then it’s essential you take it to a vet. It might be something as simple as needing a change in diet but they could need medicine. In a lot of cases, there are natural remedies for a number of ailments. For example fleas can be treated and prevented with a homemade shampoo. It is also important that you get dog insurance for your beloved canine, so you are well prepared for any kind of eventuality.
Dogs crave attention and can get depressed just like humans. Make sure you are giving your dog the love an attention it needs.
Dogs need regular exercise. This is usually twice a day but larger, more active breeds can need even more than that. Make sure your dog has space to run around in the house and garden as well as going on regular walks.
Dogs can get bored easily and this is often where problem behaviour comes from. Play with your dog, go on long walks and make sure there’s something in the house to keep it entertained.
This relates to the above point. Make sure your dog has plenty of toys to play with so they don’t chew your furniture or scratch at the doors.
Look for toys that don’t contain nasty chemicals. Great examples of these are Kong, West Paw and Nylabone.
You’ll need to get your dog used to other dogs. Not only will your pet have heaps of fun playing with other dogs but it helps to prevent socialisation issues in the future. For example, if your dog hasn’t met many others before, it might respond aggressively to meeting a playful dog at the park.
If you’re travelling with your dog, you’ll need to provide it with everything you normally would if you were at home. Break up long car journeys with stops for food, water and walkies. Once you reach your destination, make sure you give your dog plenty of time to acclimatise, stretch its legs and explore.
Never leave your dog in the car
If you’re driving back from the park with your dog and need to pop into the local supermarket to get some milk, don’t leave your dog in the car. Even if it is just for five minutes. It doesn’t matter if you leave the window slightly open or if you leave water for the dog. Dogs really do die in hot cars.
Follow these tips and you’ll have a happy, well-behaved dog who really is man’s best friend.
About the Author: Ryan Swanson is a veterinarian. Writing has always been his passion and he combines this passion with his love for animals. He has ghost written a number of articles and has been published in reputed journals.