Deciding to get a dog as part of the family can be a wonderful experience, especially to a child as a dog can bring so much love and joy into our lives. However the decision is not to be taking lightly. Bringing up a dog is just the same as child and comes with huge responsibility. They need to be walked each day, fed and training.
Therefore we have come up with this pet guide on tips to looking after your dog once you have decided to bring a dog into your life.
So the first thing you need to do for getting your dog is make sure you get them some food. There are various brands you can get from the supermarket and all have special instructions on the amount to feed your dog depending on their weight. If you find your dog become a little too thin, you can increase the amount you give your dog. Likewise if you find your dog is getting a little overweight then slowly reduce the intake you give them.
Next your dog needs a place to sleep, therefore it is essential you find them a nice comfy bed. As well having a nice place to sleep, a bed is a safe place for your dog to go. A place they feel that is theirs. Some dog owners also opt for crates, especially if they are bringing a new puppy home and looking to train them.
So once your dog is home you need to make sure there is plenty of water in a bowl on the floor where they can access it, at all times. Dogs do not sweat the same as humans and can become heated very quickly. Therefore this is very important.
Dogs need a walk once a day or maybe more, depending on the type of dog you have. For example breeds such as Jack Russell’s or a Boxer dogs have a lot of energy and need a lot more exercise than other breeds such as Pugs or British Bull Dogs. Therefore keep this in mind when choosing the breed you want to add to your family.
It is also important to get your dog into training straight away. Take a look in your local and see what puppy / dog training classes you can sign up to. As it is really important that your dog learns to take commands from you such as sit, walking on the lead etc.
Even though there is a lot to think about when looking after a dog, it a wonderful rewarding experience and will give you and your family so much joy and love. For more information on caring for your dog, take a look at My Pet Guide.