Bringing a dog into your family can be one of the most rewarding and exciting things in life. A dog will offer your family lots of fun and laughter. A dog will reward you with years of love and loyalty, only expecting food, water, shelter and love in return. Giving responsible care throughout its life should be you’re thanks to your dog.
1. Get an Identification Tag for your dog. It happens regularly that dogs get out of their yards unattended. They might need a little help getting back home. Every pet should always wear a collar with an identification tag with your name, telephone number and address. It is a lot easier to get a pet home with some kind of identification.
2. Always keep your dog on a leash when leaving your yard. Even well-trained pets can get the urge to just run. You cannot guarantee that your dog will heed your instructions under all circumstances. Keeping your dog on his leash is safer and best for your dog, the people around you and yourself.
3. Spaying or nurturing your pet can lessen behavioural problems like biting. Neutered dogs tend to live longer and healthier lives. This should be one of the first steps on the road to responsible dog ownership. You will also be helping to control animal overpopulation.
4. Annual visits to the Veterinarian. Just like people need annual, or regular, check-up from a doctor to stay healthy, your dog needs to visit his “doctor” for a thorough examination, yearly too. When problems or illness occur, it can be dealt with quickly.
5. Make sure that your dog follows a nutritional, healthy diet, daily. Use a food recommended by a veterinary and keep to appropriate portions. Your dog also needs fresh water that is readily available.
6. Your dog needs regular exercise to stay healthy. Find plenty of time to play with your dog and take him for daily walks. Also, make sure that your dog has doggie playthings to entertain himself when you are busy.
7. Train your dog in appropriate behaviour. A training class will show you how to use positive methods to learn your dog and you can enjoy the bonding time while doing the lessons. It will also give you both the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and their owners.
Make sure your dog has sufficient outdoor space. You should also allow your dog inside-time with you and the family. Dogs like to be with their families; they are social creatures and need companionship. Dogs should not be left alone, outside or inside, for too long.
Your dog will give plenty of love and loyalty and that is also what he will expect from you.