Caring for a dog is no walk in the park (apologies for using a pun right off the bat).
You have a duty of care to your beloved pooch, but to provide this level of love, adoration, and protection there is a lot you need to know; a lot you need to consider.
It’s not just a matter of having the right equipment – leads, beds, collars, food bowls, bones, treats, combs, chews, and toys – it is about knowing what care they need and how often.
As such, we have compiled a list of things you need to know to give your pup the best life possible and, what’s more, we’ve broken them down into days, weeks, months and years. Enjoy.
There are three main areas: food, water, and exercise.
These will form the foundations of a happy and healthy dog, which is why none of these daily needs should be neglected.
You wouldn’t want to go hungry or thirsty or be cooped up all day, and the same goes for your doggy.
As such, go online or go to the doctor and find out what the healthiest food is for your dog’s breed, age, and size.
The reason this is so imported is that food isn’t just about filling their bellies; it is about providing them with all nutrients they need while also ensuring their teeth are well looked after too.
As for their drinking habits, always have a bowl of fresh water available to them.
If it’s at home, change the water three times a day.
If you are heading out with them, always take a bowl and bottle of water with you.
This leaves us with the final need of the three; exercise.
Regular exercise is a must.
But don’t look at it as a chore, look at it as a way to enjoy time with your dog and get the necessary exercise you need to.
Take them out in the morning and the afternoon.
Play fetch, head to the park, walk through the woods.
Dogs aren’t dissimilar to us in a lot of ways.
They still need their coats to be combed and well maintained.
This will ensure any matting is addressed and stop them feeling uncomfortable when they try and get some sleep.
The other thing you should try and do once a week is bath your dog.
They love it.
Protect your dog against parasites; this means ticks and worms.
Dogs are so prone to these that it is worth addressing the problem every four weeks.
Head to the vet and see what they recommend by way of tick repellent and stay on top of this.
Your dog deserves it.
Get your dog checked out by the vet.
You’ll want to know if your dog is fit and healthy so that you can act accordingly.
These yearly checkups should include a look at their teeth, as well as a vaccination to protect them from any nasty diseases that could cause serious harm.