Owning a dog is an exciting thing! However, you want to make sure you are caring for your dog properly so they are healthy and happy. Follow these five dog care essentials:
- Spay or neuter your dog
Dogs who have this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems (e.g., biting or running away). By spaying or neutering your dog, you are also doing your part to reduce the problem of pet overpopulation.
2. Give your dog a nutritionally balanced diet and constant access to fresh water
Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your dog. Dietary requirements change as dogs get older, and a dog’s teeth need to be cleaned and monitored regularly to ensure she can eat properly. Also keep an eye out for pet-food recalls and foods and plants that can be toxic to you dog
3. Enroll your dog in a training class
Positive training will allow you to control your companion’s behavior safely and humanely, and the experience offers a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog
4. Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted)
Most dog owners find that playing with their canine companion, along with walking him twice a day, provides sufficient exercise. Walking benefits people as much as it benefits dogs, and the time spent together will improve your dog’s sense of well-being. If you have questions about the level of exercise appropriate for your dog, consult your veterinarian
5. Be loyal to and patient with your faithful companion
Make sure the expectations you have of your dog are reasonable and remember that the vast majority of behavior problems can be solved. If your dog is having behavioral issues, they might actually be health issues, to take them to our veterinary office for regular check ups.