How to Take Good Care of Your Dog
If you’re looking for ways to give your dog a treat or to make it feel special, you’re on the right track. Just as dogs make people happy, they deserve to be happy too.
For many dog-owners, dogs are not just pets; they mean so much more. From playmates, companions, guides, dogs have played almost every role in homes, and there is no end in sight. Dogs have become a crucial part of people’s lives, and it’s hard to imagine life without them. That’s why taking good care of them is such a topical issue among dog-lovers. Rest easy, here are a few ways you can give back to your dog.
Understand Your Dog’s Breed and Personality
To understand your dog’s behavior, you should know the peculiarities that pertain to the breed from which it originates. Every dog has a distinct personality, and it’s rooted in their DNA. Just as no two people, not even identical twins, are alike, dogs are also unique. Consequently, owners must identify these differences and treat them as such.
Imagine trying to change an extrovert into an introvert by sheer force. That would certainly not end well. Here are five dog personalities that you should watch out for, and prepare to work with.
The Confident Dog
This dog is bold and needs no invitation to anything daring. It is naturally the leader of the pack and has no problems rallying other dogs for a cause. If well-trained, this type of dog can be an asset, especially if you have more than one dog.
The Laidback, Happy Dog
This type of dog is generally what you call happy-go-lucky. It loves to greet and interact but, at the same time, can seem lethargic and lazy.
The Adaptable Dog
This kind of dog is perhaps the most easygoing of all the five personalities. It adapts to every situation and is more amenable to training. An adaptable dog can serve as an excellent therapy dog.
The Independent Dog
This type of dog has a body language that reads as “standoffish.” Naturally, it prefers to be in isolation and to stay away from crowded areas. To handle this type of dog, you’d need to be patient. Don’t force it to do anything it doesn’t want to do. Take your time and earn the dog’s trust. Soon enough, the dog would begin to trust your direction.
A shy dog doesn’t like to be in the company of too many people, particularly strangers. It loves to hide in secluded places. With such a dog, you’ll need patience, coaxing, and encouragement. You’d have to give ample opportunities to discover and express itself.
You don’t have to be a culinary expert to give your dog a healthy diet. All you need is a desire to make your dog happy and healthy. Explore various meals and dog products until you find a mix that works well for your dog. Thankfully, some dog food companies offer free trials, as well as a money-back pledge, if your dog doesn’t like the food.
Don’t serve dog food meant for people. Although it might be easier to let them feed off scraps, don’t tow that line. Purchase high-quality and nutritious food for them. Cheap meals, while tempting, may end up destroying your dog’s health. Here are a few things to consider in choosing your dog food.
- Know your dog’s dietary needs. Make sure you contact your veterinary doctor for advice on which types of dog food may be appropriate for your dog. Also, read the labels on products to know what ingredients are in the meal you want to buy.
- Factors such as age, breed, reproductive health also play a crucial role in determining what type of food is suitable. Take those factors into account.
- Make sure the brand you are going for is a proven one with a good reputation.
Grooming your dog
One of the most critical aspects of dog-care is grooming. Just like humans, dogs need grooming. While their grooming may not be as intense as humans, they still need all the attention and effort they can get. Anything from brushing hair, cleaning teeth to bathing falls under the concept of grooming, and it is a critical part of dog health.
For instance, because dogs are prone to gum diseases, consistent dental cleaning for them is vital. Additionally, nails that are not taken care of can make it hard for dogs to walk. Trim, shave, and brush fur regularly to ward off mats, bacterial and parasitic infections. Work with a vet to find the best grooming techniques and tools for your dog. Even more importantly, start a grooming routine and be consistent with it.
Beyond washing and cleaning, give your dog a treat. Find accessories and apparel that complement your dog’s look and protect it at the same time.
Some of these accessories include coats, leashes, harnesses, etc. If you want to save money, find a shop that runs promotions and discounts. There are useful sites like Pet Life, which run several promos covering many dog accessories.
Create a Comfortable Space(s) for Your Dog
Dogs are social animals. They love to interact and play with their owners. Don’t push away your dog into a small kennel. Instead, create room for your dog to explore. If you have a yard, all the better. You may need to place limits on where your dog can and cannot go. You can enforce that through training.
Make Regular Visits to the Veterinary Clinic
Find a veterinary doctor for your dog. You and the vet are like a tag-team, ensuring the health of your dog. Your vet should help you schedule periodic visits. At least one check-up visit every six months should suffice. If your dog is just a puppy, it would undoubtedly require more visits and a lot more attention.
From vaccines to choosing the right coats and jackets, your vet would give you extensive recommendations on how to effectively care for your dog. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccines and immunizations. Keep an eye out for any unusual behavior or reaction to the shot. Always check your dog’s body to find if they are any growths or bruises. Have your vet on call just in case an emergency occurs.
If you’re a dog owner, you know just how much your dog means to you. The only way you can stay happy is to keep your dog comfortable and content at all times. Thankfully, taking care of your dog is not rocket science. Start by understanding the personality of your dog. Work with a vet to give your dog the best nutrition and best grooming possible. If you do these things, you’ll surely have a wonderful time with your glossy-eyed companion.
This is a contributed post