Ten Important Tips for Caring for Your Dog
Keeping your dog healthy doesn’t have to be hard.
Many preventive steps can be taken to assure your dog’s safety.
Plus, you want your dog to be happy as well as healthy.
Here are a few ways to keep your pet safe and happy:
1. Crate Training
This is one of the best steps you can take to help your dog feel safe and protected.
Don’t think of this like a prison or time out space.
This is your dog’s home and safe haven.
You’ll find that when you leave the crate door open your dog will often go in on his own during a storm or when he feels nervous or threatened.
2. Dog Proof Your House As Much As Possible
Keep them out of food with a storage container made for pet vittles.
Use baby gates to keep him out of certain areas of this house.
This includes rooms where socks or shoes are often on the floor or where small toys are scattered.
If your puppy chews on electrical cords you’ll need to find a way to keep these out of his reach until you can break him of this habit.
3. Regular Vet Visits
You need to get your dog started on his shots and heartworm medicine as quickly as possible.
A rabies shot is usually necessary to acquire a license for your dog.
A local humane society may offer immunizations at reduced rates.
4. Obedience school
There are thousands of books and videos on dog training, but the most important thing to know is it takes work. Some dogs learn quickly to read your signals, others take more time.
A trained professional can help you train your dog without all the stress.
5. Keep Their Diet as Consistent as Possible
Talk to your vet about the best dog food for each stage of your dog’s life.
When you switch food, do so gradually.
Start with mixing the food half and half for a week, slowly adding more of the new food.
Never feed your dog sugary, fried or fatty foods.
This can lead to obesity which increases your pet’s chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Your dog should always have fresh water available.
Don’t leave old food setting out.
Pick up the food after your dog eats and put fresh food out for the next feeding.
Make sure your dog can’t get into the trash while you’re away.
Moldy food is extremely dangerous for a dog.
6. Socialize Your Dog with People and Other Dogs.
You can do this by taking him to a dog park where he’ll around others in a controlled environment.
Always keep him on a leash.
7. Use A Harness Instead Of A Collar.
When the dog pulls against a collar it can cause damage to his trachea.
8. Make Sure Your Dog Gets Plenty Of Exercise
He not only needs the physical activity but the stimulation from all the smells and sounds make his life more interesting.
He’ll love his walks with you as much as you do.
This is a great way to improve your own health while keeping your dog happy.
9. Don’t walk your dog on hot pavement
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I see it all the time. This can result in burnt feet.
Walk your dog in grass or early in the morning when the pavement isn’t so hot.
There are also doggie booties you can put on your dog’s feet.
10. Always Be Sure Your Dog Has A Collar On With Your Phone Number.
Talk to your vet about having your dog micro-chipped.
If he’s ever lost the micro-chip will tell who he belongs to as well as your vet’s name and number.
They sometimes contain serious health information such as if your dog requires medication for diabetes.
Last but not least, never leave your dog in a hot car.
The temperature will rise quickly inside a sunlit car and you may return to find your dog in a heat distressed situation.
Or you may find a broken window if some Good Samaritan decided to save your dog.
Remember, your dog is your responsibility.
Like a young child he is not able to fend for himself.
When you take on the challenge of raising a dog you must be willing to do what it takes to keep your dog safe, healthy and free from danger.