Owning a dog and knowing how to take care of it properly is really important. Taking care of a dog is not easy, it’s a big responsibility. The dog requires both physical and mental needs to be fulfilled. You need make sure the dog gets plenty of proper exercise, play time, and mental challenges to keep him running and active all the time.
Feeding – First and most important thing is to make sure you feed your dog high quality food. Make sure there is plenty of meat in the food so that the dog gets enough protein. Maybe you could ask your local vet to help guide you in to choosing the right food. Also, make sure you don’t give too much human food or sweets to your dog. Some human food can be harmful for dogs. Another thing you should remember is to make sure you give enough water to your dog. It is more important than food.
Health – First thing is to have a good vet who knows what he does and to take your dog regularly to the vet. Have a backup vet who is open 24hours a day, also during the weekend just in case of an emergency. You will also have to get your dog vaccinated to avoid it getting diseases.
Grooming – Grooming your pet is important to keep your pet looking nice all the time. You will need brush your dog regularly and keep your dog’s coat clean by giving him a bath. You don’t want skin infections to occur. If you are unable to keep track of when you need to groom or when you last did it, you can start by having a pet grooming bookkeeping.
Write everything down to remember. If you are more into computers there are dog grooming scheduling software that you can use.
Exercise and play – You will need to provide the necessary amount of exercise to the relevant dog because different types of dogs have different amounts of energy to burn. Small dogs will tire soon while big dogs will need around 30 minutes of walking. Not giving enough exercise to burn energy for your dog might cause behavioral problems. Dogs can get bored so it’s important to give them something extra. Maybe you can start training them to discipline themselves. Also, treat them with a reward when they get it right. One-to-one training will give you and your dog time to bond, and make sure you finish the training on a good note to keep the good vibes going.
Last but not least, make sure you treat your dog with utmost respect and love. Love for dogs can go a long way.