Before going out to buy or adopt a new puppy or grown dog, take a little time and make sure you’re properly prepared. Providing good dog care is quite a responsibility and there are many factors to consider. Here are 6 basic tips designed to help you get prepared for the new pet’s arrival.
All dogs require plenty of daily exercise — it’s a big part of great dog care. With a toy dog breed this is fairly easy to accomplish — they usually get enough exercise each day just walking from one end of the house to the other. But with a medium to large sized dog it’s a different story. They require a decent–sized fenced yard or a daily walk every day.
2. Dog Supplies
Here are some basic dog supplies that you’ll need to provide as soon as possible:
– Food and Water Bowls
– Collar with I.D. Tag
– Crate or Kennel
– Dog Bed
– Flea and Tick Medication
– Cleaning Supplies: including a Pooper Scooper
3. Pick a Healthy Dog
When going to examine a litter of puppies here are some general guidelines. Carefully examine all of the puppies. If any one dog appears to be sick, then it’s probably a good idea to look elsewhere — more than likely the whole litter is sick.
A healthy puppy or adult dog should have bright and clear eyes — with no sign of mucous or discharge. Their ears will be clean and free of parasites. They should walk straight with no limp. And their coat will be free of sores or bald patches. Be sure to ask for any registration papers and health records before adopting a dog.
Canines are social animals and require lots of companionship to stay happy and healthy. If you’ll be gone for long periods during the day, you might want to consider getting a second dog — one of his litter mates or another compatible dog from the shelter. This is another example of good dog care.
5. Dog Training
Dogs crave discipline and structure in their lives to keep them happy and healthy. So you should begin training your puppy or dog immediately. And believe it or not, even an older dog can be trained. Many people don’t realize that dog training is a big part of caring for dogs.
Whether you take classes or buy books and DVDs to learn dog training, remember that your dog will not become completely obedient overnight. It’s a continual process and some dogs progress faster than others. But if you’re persistent and spend enough time and effort you’ll eventually have a fully trained dog.
6. Dog Food
Try to give your dog a good quality food designed for their particular stage of life. Quality food may be a bit more expensive than the generic, cheap variety — but you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Your dog will be healthier and won’t require as many trips to the veterinarian.
You should never give your dogs “people food” or “table scraps.” It is definitely an example of poor dog care. I know it’s hard to resist a begging dog, but you’re actually being cruel when you give in. It leads to all sorts of serious health problems including arthritis and diabetes.