Having your own dog will bring you so much uncontrollable joy. They are able to change your life forever, and that’s just by loving you. They don’t ask for anything in return, they can’t lie to you, they’ll stay by your side, and they’ll put their fluffy little head on your lap when you’re down.
They give us so much, and that’s why it’s our job to do the same for them. We need to make sure they’re fed properly, groomed, washed, walked, and loved right back.
Here’s how you can ensure you’re doing everything right.
A dog’s diet can be just as complex as ours depending on their age and breed. It’s important to do all the research you can about the kind of dog you have so you know exactly the kind of food that will benefit them, including things like their body form and their coat. There are certain foods though that dogs should not digest, and this is universal, regardless of what breed you have. These things include grapes, chocolate, avocado, alcohol, coffee, citrus, coconut, nuts, garlic and onions.
You should always make sure that you brush your dog’s fur, especially if you have a long-haired breed – then they’ll need even more attention. This will help remove any excess fur that is ready to fall out, as well as detangle any knots that have been made. This is important to do; otherwise, it can start to pull at your dog’s skin, leaving them with sore, irritable patches. You will also want to make sure their teeth are looked after otherwise they may suffer from aches and pains, as well as having an unpleasant breath. You can find a bad dog breath solution with different oral care on the market. You can find more information on what you may need online or at your local vets.
Just like how we need regular checkups at the doctors to make sure everything is running how it should, your dog will need the same. So schedule in an appointment every six months so your pup can be looked over. If in the meantime you’re worried about something – maybe their behaviour has changed, or they seem to be in pain or discomfort – make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to figure out what the problem is. It may be nothing, or just the general process that happens as they age, but sometimes there may be an issue that would’ve gone unnoticed if you hadn’t taken them to see a vet. So always listen to your gut, most often than not, if your dog has a problem, they will find a way of telling you.
The last thing is all about the attention that you give them. They will need regular walks at least two or three times a day – but not short little in and outs just so they can go to the toilet. They need to leave the four walls and get off the lead and have a run, a sniff, a play, a roll and a jump. If you can’t give your dog that kind of time – you shouldn’t have one.