Tips On Looking After A Dog

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Dogs can be the most loving companions. And in exchange for their unconditional love and loyalty, they rely on us to provide for their physical and emotional needs. This is a big responsibility and it can be a bit daunting for first timers so here are some tips to help you provide the best home for your dog.

  • Choose the right name for your dog
  • This might sound obvious but it is your first bond with your dog. There are no rules in naming your dog but it would be helpful if the name you choose does not rhyme ‘no’ such as Snow or Bo to avoid confusing your them during training. Long and complicated names will also make it difficult for you call or get your dog’s attention.
  • Feed your dog the right food
  • Proper feeding is vital to the health of your dog. Dog food can be bought from stores and there are a lot of recipes available in the internet. But if you are unsure of what to give your dog and how much food they require, you can ask your veterinarian for recommendations. You should also learn about foods that are harmful to your dog such as chocolates and avocadoes.
  • Exercise your dog
  • You should provide the right amount of exercise depending on the breed of your dog. A small toy dog may already tire out from a quick game of fetch but larger breeds will need more intense activities. Walk your dog at least twice a day to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy. This will also help prevent your dog from having behavioral problems because of excess energy.
  • Socialize your dog
  • Dogs can be overwhelmed by new surroundings so it is important that your dog is exposed to new sights, sounds, smells and people early on their lives. They should also learn to interact with other dogs.
  • Groom your dog
  • Some dog breeds require regular grooming while others require little or none at all. Some basic grooming includes bathing, brushing their fur, and trimming their nails. Make sure that you use shampoo that is especially formulated for dogs or you can opt to take them to a groomer.