One of the first things we do when we find a puppy is to learn all about the basics of a new dog. From microchipping to the “alpha dog” hierarchy to deworming, these are just a few of the key facts to know when you’re planning to bring your new puppy home.
If you have just got a dog and want to know how to take care of them, the following article will help you.
Shop For Dog Food
While you can never fully prepare yourself for a dog, you can figure out the best food for your future pup. Dogs need about 4 cups of food a day. Make sure to choose a food that’s high in quality and reasonably priced.
Pet stores sell many different types of dog food and they all claim to be safe. The exact nutrient profile in each type of food depends on the quality of the food, the age of the dog, and the amount of time and exercise that the dog is getting.
However, it is important to note that a dog’s body weight is usually the primary driver in nutrient requirements, and the amount of protein and calcium in a dog’s diet can differ greatly from breed to breed.
Nutritional supplement companies often sell products that claim to help dogs live longer, strengthen their immune systems, and improve their coat, coat condition, and behavior. While such products may improve the quality of life of dogs with certain illnesses, their benefits have not been proven to improve a healthy dog’s overall health.
The healthy food for dogs is based on both the species of the dog, and on the breed of the dog. There is no such thing as a “complete” dog food for all breeds and all age ranges of dogs, as some breeds tend to be more slender than others and some might need more protein or fat in their diet.
Buy Travel Accessories
Make sure to include some basic travel accessories for your dog as soon as you get them. Pet friendly airlines like Delta Airlines require that you bring your dog to the airport with you. Some airlines will allow you to use a kennel or crate, but ensure that they are well ventilated and securely fitted with the pet’s ID tag. When flying, it is a good idea to travel in groups.
Consider getting a travel crate or kennel to travel with your dog. Airline restrictions may require that your dog be kenneled or crated at the airport. Consider purchasing your dog a backpack that they can wear while they’re traveling.
Some carriers will use a vacuum system to remove any loose materials. You can also opt to use a stroller or baby carrier. Always make sure to pack your travel paperwork with you and have it ready when you arrive at your destination.
Buy a Pet Carrier
Pet carriers vary, but they may include travel crates, pet cars, or folding carriers such as the ones used for children. When your pet is crated, it can be a time-saving measure, but crate training your dog should be done slowly and under supervision.
Keeping your dog crated for extended periods of time can have a detrimental effect on his physical, mental and emotional health, so it is best to use crating as a last resort. If crating is not a good option for your lifestyle, the Humane Society recommends using a dog bed instead.
How to Train Your Dog
You should be aware of the best methods to teach your dog certain things. Some dog trainers focus more on getting a dog to learn a single command, while others aim to create a lasting bond. Here are some more resources for training.
Take your time when walking a dog. Your dog will become too tired and stressed from being in the same place for too long, if they cannot move and run around freely. Don’t force your dog to do something that it does not like to do, such as walk for too long.
The majority of dogs are naturally amenable, meaning they will want to get close to you and obey you. However, there are a few dogs who want to explore and learn to be independent, so it is important that you spend time training them.
If your dog is stressed, try not to give it too much exercise, which can cause problems with digestion.
Make sure that you clean up any mess left by your dog, or left by a visitor. If your dog makes a mess, wash your hands and do not let it lick your face or anyone else’s face, as this will only make your dog’s infection worse. You should also avoid cuddling your dog if you have any wounds. The bacteria that cause pneumonia are common in dogs.