Prior to bringing a dog home, it must be understood that there is a responsibility of someone who owns a dog to take care of it which will include feeding, providing shelter, health care and spending time with the dog. Here are some basic care that you should look into before bringing a dog home:
What kind of home are you going to provide for your dog? The answer to this question sometime depends on what kind of dog you have. Some dog will play most of their time outdoors while others in the house.
If you dog will live most of the time outdoors, then some kind of dog house or kennel will be needed. Fences may also be essential to keep the dog safely in the vicinity.
While for those who spend most of their time in the house, there are many kind of dog beds and indoor kennels that can suit your dog. Bear in mind that the size of dog bed or basket for a puppy might be too small for an adult dog. Find out which one is the most right for the type of dogs you are bringing home
2. Health Care
A new dog or puppy should be taken to a veterinary for examination of their health and they might need immunization against diseases. It is also of great significant to see the vets before bringing your dog home as you can get a proper information on suitable diet, exercise and grooming for your dog.
Your dog should be taken for a scheduled check up each year, some vet might suggest your dog to be spayed for female dog or neutered for a male dog. A healthier dog will certainly be a better friend for you.
Before bringing back home your new dog, make sure you have some food, food container, water container ready. If it is a puppy, it is also good to have things it can chew on such as nylon bones, squeaky toys, and other toys that is not dangerous for chewing. Do not give them scrap bones as it might suffocate them and caused them injuries.
Regular nourishment is a critical part of taking care of your dog. This will of course be determined by the dog size, type of breed, health and activity level. You should find out information on proper diet and feeding schedule from the dog breeder or when you bring the dog to see the vet.
I do not really believe in buying any commercial dog food off the shelves as a lot of these foods mixed with poison that can kill your dog. Read the labels before buying. Getting out more from your vet is a much better and wiser decision when deciding which food to give to your dog.
Adequate Exercise beyond any doubt play an important role to the positive growth of the dog. However dog owner should be watchful to match the amount of exercise to the age and ability of the dog.
Through exercise, dogs are exposed to interact more with people, surrounding or even other animals. It will extend the dog personality and skills which will make the dog a happier dog which will create a more positive and significant relationship with its owner.
Training is important for the well being of the dog and the people around it. Obedience training is crucial in the early development of the dog. Dog Training can resolve just about all behavior problems that the dog will develop like aggression, biting, destructive chewing, jumping, etc.
The question will be, if you should manage your own dog training or leave it to the professional dog trainer. Since Dog Training is a life long course of dog ownership, it is necessary that you learn how to train your dog especially for basic obedience command and skills that the dog should has.
Skills like eliminating outside the house, staying still at your command. Getting a good dog training manual is essential as correctly training your dog will give you much satisfaction which will has incredible positive impact on your dog.
These 5 basic care should be prepared before bringing home your new found dog. Following these will prepare you for a more fruitful and joyful relationship with your dog.
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