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Friday, October 27, 2017

Taking Responsibility: The Dog Owner's Guide To Getting It Right

There’s no relationship quite like the connection between man and his best friend. If you’ve got a dog, it’s so important to understand your responsibilities. When you bring your new furry friend home, it’s your duty to look after them and keep them safe, fit, and healthy. Here’s a guide to getting it right to help you.

Making your home dog-friendly
It’s essential to ensure your home is a safe environment for a cuddly creature before deciding to get a dog. Dogs need space to move around, a comfy spot to settle and an environment free from hazards. It’s a good idea to prepare your home before you bring a new puppy or rescue dog home to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Place a fireguard in front of an open fire, use stair gates to prevent them from going into rooms you want to keep dog-free and move cleaning products, chemicals and medicines from cupboards and drawers that could be discovered by a keen nose. Buy some toys, a bed and some blankets and stock up on food.

Giving your dog love and attention
Dogs don’t like to be alone, and they crave attention. Dogs aren’t naturally solitary animals, and they long for cuddles and human interaction. If you have a dog and you work long hours, or you tend to go away on the weekends, it’s a good idea to have a look at facilities like Camp Diego dog boarding or ask a friend or relative if they could dog-sit for you. Spending time with people will boost your dog’s happiness and wellbeing and hopefully, reduce the risk of them getting bored and chewing slippers, sofa cushions or new clothes.

Exercise and playtime
Dogs need exercise, so if you’re thinking of getting a new best friend, be prepared to walk, even in the pouring rain. It’s not enough to let your dog run around the backyard for a few minutes each day. All breeds are different in terms of how much exercise they need, but all dogs should be walked at least once a day. If you can’t walk your dog as much as you’d like to, have a look for a local dog walking service. Take time to play with your dog and have fun together. Throw a ball for them in the woods or chase them around the garden.

Maintaining good health
Aside from ensuring your dog is active, it’s also important to make sure they have a healthy diet, and they get the care and attention they need. Initially, if you have a puppy, you’ll need to call the vet and organize vaccinations. You’ll then need to visit periodically for boosters. It’s also a good idea to worm dogs regularly and to keep an eye out for fleas. Dental health is also important for dogs, as gum disease is a very common issue. Brush your dog’s teeth and organize regular checks.

If you have a dog, you are responsible for that bundle of joy’s health and happiness. Hopefully, these simple tips will help you get it right.

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