If you’ve never had a dog or haven’t had one for a long time, here are some simple tips to make your experience a real pleasure. Not only do you get a pet, but you give a living, breathing creature a new home and a great life.
In my opinion, the very first thing a dog needs is a burrow, i.e. a box. But remember that the wire cages you see in pet shops do not look like a den at all. You want the plastic box that is used to transport a dog via airlines.
The box must be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down, and it must not be any bigger. This makes it feel like being in a cave.
Every dog must be trained. The size does not matter. Small dogs must be trained just like their big cousins. The training establishes the dog handler relationship and creates a bond between you and the dog. Plan early and find a trainer near you who can teach you everything your dog needs to be a good family member for the rest of his life. Owning a trained dog that you can be proud of is priceless, so don’t just choose the cheapest trainer you can find. You get good value for your money, so shop wisely.
One of the most important things you can give your dog is exercise. Imagine, not so long ago wild dogs were running all over our country. Then we domesticated them and brought them into our home. Their need to run all day in search of food and water was taken away.
Taking the time every day to walk your dog is not a luxury for your pet, but a necessity. Your pet needs it to make him happy and mentally satisfied. Of course some dogs are not so active and do not need long walks. If you are a person with little energy, make sure that you choose a dog that fits your lifestyle and not a dog that has to walk 3 miles a day.
Your dog needs a doctor just like you do. He also needs annual vaccinations and an examination to stay healthy. Find a veterinarian near you where you feel comfortable, and he will tell you what you need to do to keep your dog healthy, now and as an adult.
I hope these articles will give you some ideas about what you need to do to keep a dog happy and healthy for the rest of his life.