Are You a Dog Owner? Read These Tips!
Train Your Dog
Training your dog is immensely rewarding for them and great bonding time for the two of you. Training doesn’t just mean teaching verbal commands such as “sit” but also encompasses leash training. Dogs that learn how to walk properly on a leash are more likely to be taken for outings which increases their overall health and happiness. As a part of leash training, they will learn not to tug on the leash and how to behave when coming across other dogs and people in public. Dogs don’t require large treats to feel rewarded, so stick to small, fragrant treats while training. If you are unsure of how to train your dog, then feel free to take advantage of any dog training classes in your area.
Feed Your Dog
This may sound silly to even mention, but this tip isn’t just about remembering to feed your dog (which you are hopefully doing already), but feeding them foods with the proper ingredients and in the correct portion sizes. Most dog food bags or containers list the ingredients and have the correct portion size for dogs of various weights on the label. Make sure to shop around to find out what he or she likes best, and remember that if you are introducing new foods to your dog, integrate the new food slowly to avoid any bad reactions. If you are unsure of what or how much you should be feeding your dog, check with your veterinarian, which leads us into the next tip.
Take Your Dog to the Vet
Even if you dog seems in perfect health, there are many health conditions that don’t necessarily manifest themselves in obvious symptoms. Be sure to take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups and keep them up-to-date on any vaccinations. Check-ups are excellent for making sure your dog is in good health. Additionally, taking your dog to the vet will get him or her used to being there. Waiting until there is an emergency and taking your dog to the vet may cause even more anxiety, especially if it’s a place he or she is not used to. Lastly, visiting the vet regularly allows you the perfect time to ask any questions you may have regarding your dog, such as diet, neutering or spaying, de-worming, pet insurance, flea and tick prevention, etc.
Groom Your Dog
The regularity with which you will need to groom your furry friend will vary depending on breed, but regardless, it is a good habit to groom your dog because it could potentially affect his or her health as well. The most obvious bit of grooming necessary is to brush his or her coat. Aside from preventing any matting of the fur from happening, this will help reduce any shedding, which means less vacuuming for you. Unlike cats, dogs do not groom themselves, and you will need to bathe them at some point. However, make sure not to bathe them too often, as this could cause skin irritation. Also, make sure to trim his or her nails every so often. A good way to tell if their nails need to be trimmed is if you can hear the tips clicking on the floor. Trimming them regularly will keep any of them from breaking.
Spend Time with Your Dog
This is potentially the most important tip of the bunch. Spending time with your dog can range from just being in the same vicinity as them to actively playing side by side and going on walks. Dogs need this time not only as a form of exercise but also to avoid loneliness. If you plan on not being home for more than a day, make sure you have someone check in on your dog and give him or her the necessary attention and exercise.