Although each dog is an individual, there are certain things all breeds need as standard to maintain their wellbeing. Keep these essential tips in mind when caring for your dog:
Get your dog microchipped
Identifying your dog is highly important, especially when they are first introduced to your home and you haven’t developed a solid rapport yet. Since 6 April 2016 the law states that all dogs must be microchipped by eight weeks old. A microchip is a small electronic device with a unique code that identifies your pet and it should last for your pet’s entire lifetime. Additionally, you should make sure to put a collar or tag on your dog which will have your contact details embossed—this is vital if your dog gets lost.
Keep up with vaccinations
A major part of caring for your dog is protecting them from potential threats; this includes canine disease and infection. The National Office of Animal Health recommends some of the following vaccinations to keep them safe: Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), Canine Parvovirus (CPV), Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPI) and Canine Rabies.
Provide a balanced diet
A premium quality dry food should provide adequate vitamin and mineral balance for adult dogs. Try to choose organic food options or those with as high meat content as possible. Ensure to choose the right type of food for your dog’s age and breed and remember to check the label carefully before purchasing. Your dog may also enjoy cooked egg and raw fruits and vegetables, although these additions shouldn’t exceed more than 10 percent of their daily food intake. Puppies will need to be fed at least four times a day; this can steadily decrease as they get older. Limit the amount of ‘human food’ you give to your dog as it can cause imbalances in their diet and fussy eating habits.
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Plenty of exercise
Like humans, dogs need exercise to maintain a healthy weight, burn calories and stimulate the mind. Caring for your dog properly must include a monitored exercise regime where you and your canine companion can stay active together. The amount of exercise will depend on your dog’s breed, age, size and overall health, however it is usually recommended that adult dogs get between 30 minutes to two hours of activity every day. Try to visit new places and try new games to keep your dog mentally stimulated—because no dog likes repetitive circuits.
Consider a training class
Training classes may seem solely targeted towards behavior and discipline, but they are actually a great way to help you bond with your dog. Likewise, your furry friend will learn to engage with other dogs in a safe environment. During classes your dog will learn important commands, that you, the owner, can carry forward into your pet’s everyday life.
Give your love and companionship
Finally, one of the most important methods of caring for your dog is to shower it with love and affection. A dog needs companionship and will blossom with the right nurturing.
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