If you’ve ever watch the ” Survivor” TV series, you know there are just a few basic needs to survive for everyone: food, water and shelter. But most individuals want more out of life than fulfilling their basic needs. Most of the time, that is one of the reasons we get a pet, to satisfy the need for unconditional love a pet can provide and allowing us to provide love, care and attention to another. We can’t teach you to love your pet- as that will most likely come naturally, but we can provide some tips for caring for your pet’s basic needs.
A healthy, balanced diet is very important. Look for food companies that use high-quality ingredients instead of fillers. If you choose to provide a homemade diet, discuss the ingredients with your veterinarian first to be sure they are right for your dog’s needs. If you change your dog’s food at any time, make sure to incorporate the new food slowly and allow your pet to adjust. Watch how your dog responds over the first several weeks, any changes in energy level; vomiting or diarrhea; rashes, excessive shedding. If you notice any changes in your dog health, please consult your veterinarian. Pets do have food allergies as well so you may want to keep track of any specific food responses. Do not forget about fresh, clean water for your dog.
Dogs have a natural instinct to chew. So rather than leaving them to ruin household items and shoes, make sure to provide them with chew toys and bones that will help keep their teeth and gums clean as well.
For a happy and healthy life your dog needs regular exercise and preventive veterinary care. Keep in mind, though, that letting your dog out in the yard by himself or taking leisurely walks are not exercise. Find play-mates for your dog or play tug-of-war, fetch, hide-and-seek with your dog; purchase active toys.
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Your dog should have an area of the house dedicated as his own space, such as a kennel, crate or bed.
Visit your veterinarian at least once or twice a year for a wellness check-up. Potential problems are often identified before your dog actually shows signs of illness. Don’t forget about vaccinations, flea and tick control and internal parasites treatment.
Every dog needs basic grooming, such as bathing and nail trimming. We recommend to add teeth brushing to your dog daily routine too! Also some dogs need regular haircuts from a professional groomer, but you can learn how to do it by yourself.
Dogs do well with structure and discipline, and training is important to your dog’s quality of life. You may prefer to join a training class with a professional instructor or you may wish to learn about dog training on your own. Either way, establish yourself as the boss, reinforce good behavior, and humanely correct misbehavior. Be consistent and you will see positive results.
Your dog will feel more secure if he knows that you are a benevolent, consistent leader. But don’t forget about companionship: set aside time for you and your dog. Petting your dog, playing with toys, talking to him, or taking him for rides in the car are some ways to strengthen and preserve this bond.