Friday, December 2, 2016

Caring For Your Dog: Almost As Much Effort As Your Child


Having a pet is fun, tiresome and completely worth it. When you first get a dog, you can sometimes get caught up in the excitement, but having a dog is a serious job too. Realistically, you need to care for it almost as you would your child. It might sound extreme, but they need feeding, cleaning and attention, just as a child does.

So, it’s time to get your puppy owner cap on and learn about the things you can do to care for your dog in the best of ways. These tips should clarify any questions you may have on being a dog owner and make the job that little bit easier.

Keep Them Clean


First of all, you’re going to want to figure out how and when you’re supposed to keep them clean. While there isn’t a set rule on what to do, you do need to think about your dog’s personality and your lifestyle. How often do they play outside? Do they get dirty by rolling around in the mud? If so, then you’re probably going to want to wash them more than if they like to sleep for most of the day!

Watch Their Diet


When you think about what your littles ones are eating, you probably concentrate on the proteins, vitamins and minerals that they are getting, right? Well, it’s the same for your dog. Just like you want your children to be happy and healthy, you’ll want to do the same for your dog. So when you’re picking out dog food, look at the ingredients - know everything they’re eating. And, above all, make sure they don’t get their hands on any bad ‘human foods’ that could potentially be toxic to them.

Know The Signs


If your child got a rash or sick, you’d know they were the ill. Even when a baby can’t tell you that they’re feeling poorly, you learn to look for the signs. Well, pup owner, you can also do that for your dog. Learn more about the dog illnesses and diseases that exist. Once you know what they are and the symptoms they carry, you’ll be better equipped to care for them and keep them healthy. When you educate yourself, if you notice your dog is sick, you might even be able to get them to a vet before anything bad happens. Having the ability to do that is priceless.

Give Them Exercise


If a dog doesn’t get enough exercise, the chances are they’ll put on weight. They can even become obese. Just like obesity in humans, an overweight dog is at a higher risk of poor health. Their joints can suffer from arthritis, and they can develop problems with organs too. To stop that from happening, you just need to make sure they’re active. Ask your vet what level of exercise they recommend for your dog and start a routine that suits you both.

Shower Them With Love


And probably the most important tip of all - shower them with love endlessly. Dogs can get lonely and jealous and sometimes, all that they need to make them happy is a bit of love and affection. So when you’re all cuddled up on the couch ready to watch a movie, make room for your dog - it will make their day!

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