Dog Care Tips

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Caring for your dog means more than just providing food and shelter. Dog ownership is a big responsibility and you should be ready to dedicate time and effort in building a bond with your pet. So once you have ensured that your dog’s most basic needs are met, here are a few tips that would guarantee a fulfilling and long-lasting relationship with the new member of your family.

  • Make sure your dog is vaccinated
  • Dogs are commonly vaccinated against rabies. In some places, there are laws requiring you to have your dog vaccinated. Depending on the breed, some dogs will also require other vaccines to protect them from getting other types of diseases. It is important to consult with your veterinarian about any concerns regarding this.
  • Spay or Neuter your dog
  • Dogs that are spayed or neutered tend to have longer, healthier lives and have fewer behavioral problems. If you have other dogs or there are dogs nearby, this will also prevent accidental breeding and pet overpopulation.
  • Train your dog
  • There are numerous resources available on the internet about dog training to help you. It is very important to teach your dog to follow basic commands such as ‘stay’, ‘sit’ and ‘come’ as these could help you ensure their safety. Obedience training can take some time so you have the option to enroll in a dog training class. These sessions will guide you in training your dog and enhance your bond.
  • Let your dog play and explore
  • Some dog breeds such as hounds like sniffing and following scents, others may like running or swimming. Let your dog display traits that are normal for its specific breed. These activities can also exercise your dog and keep them physically fit.
  • Love and respect your dog
  • Dogs also need love and companionship so spend as much time with them as you can. If they are not allowed inside your house, make sure that they are comfortable and are not exposed to extreme temperatures. If they ever misbehave, be patient and never punish them by using physical force. Most of these behavioral problems can be solved with proper training.

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