Ten Dog – Puppy Care Essentials

Ten Dog – Puppy Care Essentials

Ten Dog – Puppy  Care Essentials

We know how good we feel inside for the first time when we see the puppy we want to take home and provide a loving environment for this special dog or puppy and the same heart felt feeling when you find that special rescue pet.

But before you let the special feeling touch your heart, you must be sure you can take care of your pet. Most of us have full time jobs taking us out of the home for more than 8 hours 5 days per week. Your pets day time care is important and if you are not currently in a position to ensure the pets well being for your work hours, you may want to take the time to plan for bringing a pet home when you know you are providing the right daytime environment for your pet and for you. When you layout your plan and you are now ready to bring that special puppy home, beside to add the following “Ten Dog Care Essentials” to your plan.

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Now that you selected your special loving pet, you now want to Learn how to keep your dog safe, healthy and happy.

The Humane Society of the United States outlines the best pet practices they call “Ten Dog Care Essentials”. We will post their Ten Top Care Essentials as we believe they are well thought out and they are important to you and the health and safety of your new dog.

The good news is, it doesn’t take much to make your dog happy, and the rewards last a lifetime. Your dog gives you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty and friendship.

Pet owners must know your pet counts on you to provide the basics, such as food, water, shelter, regular veterinary care, exercise, safety and companionship.

Humane Society  “Ten Dog Care Essentials”

By providing the “Ten Dog Care Essentials”, you’ll be assured to have a rewarding and long-lasting relationship with your pet and companion.

1. Identify your dog. External Identification: Outfit your dog with a collar and ID tag that includes your name, address and telephone number. No matter how careful you are, there’s a chance your companion may become lost—an ID tag greatly increases the chance that your pet will be returned home safely. The dog’s collar should not be tight; it should fit so two fingers can slip easily under his collar.

Microchip Identification: Have your dog microchipped by your veterinarian. Microchip ID will ensure that your dog will be returned to you if he is lost, even if his collar came off. When scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter, your phone number, address and other vital information will appear, and you can be contacted.

2. Follow local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies
Check with your local animal shelter or humane society for information regarding legal requirements, where to obtain tags and where to have your pet vaccinated.

3. When you’re off your property, keep your puppy on leash
Even a dog with a valid license, rabies tag and ID tag should not be allowed to roam outside of your home or fenced yard. It is best for you, your community and your dog to keep her on a leash and under your control at all times.

4. Give your dog, puppy companionship
A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for large and active dogs; however, dogs should never be left outside alone or for extended periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship; they should spend most of their time with their family, not alone outside.

5. Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups
If you do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a pet-owning friend for a referral and check out our information on choosing a veterinarian. If you are having trouble paying for veterinary care, you may be able to employ creative options or find sources of assistance.

6. Spay or neuter your dog
Dogs who have this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems (e.g., biting or running away). By spaying or neutering your dog, you are also doing your part to reduce the problem of pet overpopulation. If you feel you can’t afford to have your pet spayed or neutered, we can help you find low-cost options.

7. Give your puppy and dog a nutritionally balanced diet and constant access to fresh water
Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your dog. Dietary requirements change as dogs get older, and a dog’s teeth need to be cleaned and monitored regularly to ensure she can eat properly. Also keep an eye out for pet-food recalls and foods and plants that can be toxic to you dog.

8. Enroll your dog in a training class
Positive training will allow you to control your companion’s behavior safely and humanely, and the experience offers a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog. Check out our information on choosing a dog trainer.

9. Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted)
Most dog owners find that playing with their canine companion, along with walking him twice a day, provides sufficient exercise. Walking benefits people as much as it benefits dogs, and the time spent together will improve your dog’s sense of well-being. If you have questions about the level of exercise appropriate for your dog, consult your veterinarian.

10. Be loyal to and patient with your faithful companion
Make sure the expectations you have of your dog are reasonable and remember that the vast majority of behavior problems can be solved. Remember, not all “behavior” problems are just that; many can be indicators of health problems. For example, a dog who is suddenly growling or snapping when you touch his ears may have an ear infection. If you are struggling with your pet’s behavior, contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter for advice, and check out our behavior tip sheets, too.

For more information, articles and videos from The Human Society of the United States we are providing the link to their website.

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WB Markovsky
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WB grew up in the electronics business in Ohio. He and his wife made the decision to move to North Carolina in the 80's where they both started a real estate career. In the early 2000's, they started an insurance business WB operates from a semi retired approach. Today WB and his wife are committed to write about Living Healthy.

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