First thing you need to know about dogs breeds. Every dog is unique, like a fingerprint. They even have their own likes and dislikes, aptitude for patience or impatience, and some are loving while others are distance. How you care for them depends as much on who they are as your own situation, but the advice you will find below applies in every household which has a dog in it.
Make your home dog-proof. Prior to bringing the pooch home, check that the whole home is safe. Make sure anything toxic is put up. Many common household plants are poisonous, so keep them away from your dog or get rid of them.
Make sure that you’re giving your dog enough exercise. A dog needs to play and exercise on a regular basis so that it can be happy and healthy. Get out and do something with your dog. Go for a walk or play fetch. Exercise is a great way to bond with your pet.
To protect your dog in the event he is lost or stolen, have a microchip surgically implanted by your vet. These handy chips store data that can be retrieved by a shelter or animal officer and used to contact you. They are painless to put in and offer peace of mind for the pet lover!
When it is time to buy dog food, avoid buying the cheapest brand. When you look at the big picture, it is good for your dog to consume nutritious, good quality food. This may mean that you have to pay a higher price, but you will know your dog is receiving all of the nutrients he needs.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. This is especially true if you have small children at home. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
Determine your dog’s specific exercise regimen. Dogs have different fitness needs based their sex, overall health, age, breed mix, or breed. Every dog should have a couple 10-minute walks a day around the block. Dogs between 6 and 18 months, active breed or mixed breeds, terriers, hounds, and herding dogs will most likely require more fitness than others types of dogs.
You can find pure breeds at the dog shelter. Unfortunately there are many people out there who simply cannot care for their dogs anymore and they end up at the local pound. Contact your pound and ask them what breeds are currently there. When you adopt a dog, you save its life.
While my dog and your dog may be polar opposites, they both need the same basic care to stay healthy and happy. This article has given you the foundation of knowledge you need to be a great owner, so make use if it when you can. Here’s to wishing you and your pup many happy years to come!