Just like any other member of your family, you want your dog to be happy and healthy. The time that you invest every day in taking care of your pooch will be rewarded with a wagging tail and doggie kisses.
Your dog needs proper nutrition every day to stay healthy. Select a high-quality dog food for your pooch and look at the back of the product for serving size suggestions for your specific dog's size. Offer one or two meals a day and try to keep an established schedule for feedings to keep it consistent. Talk to your vet if you have any questions.
Your dog should always have access to water. Keep the water clean and fresh by replacing the water daily and refilling throughout the day when needed. During the warmer summer months, she will need more water. Wash the food and water dishes daily.
Just like children, dogs need a potty break after meals – usually within 20 minutes after eating. That is in addition to letting her out in the morning when she wakes up, right before she goes to sleep and other bathroom breaks throughout the day. Let her do his business in a fenced in grass area or put her on a leash and take her for a walk. Remember to scoop the poop after she’s done.
Show your pooch that you love her every day, as much as you can. Talking to her, petting her, playing with her and offering the occasional doggie treat will help keep her happy. It may just lighten your spirits, too. There is no set amount of time, but since dogs are social creatures, the more time you can spend with your dog the better. You can even squeeze in that time by just letting her sit by your feet when you're watching television or talk to her as you are cooking or folding laundry.
If you can, try to brush your pooch daily. If that’s not feasible, brush him thoroughly at least once a week. No need to worry about bathing him everyday or even every week. Unless she’s a habitual mud-roller that likes to make friends with skunks, you can usually keep the bathing to every few months. If she does get into a heaping mess, brush her out and give her a doggie bath. Don’t be surprised if she goes straight to rolling around in the grass afterward. Visit a groomer for stubborn mats in the hair, to get nails trimmed or if you want someone else to wrestler her into the bathtub to make her smell like a cupcake.
Dogs can sink their teeth into some interesting smelling stuff, on top of their regular doggie breath smell. Every three to seven days you should brush her teeth. This not only cleans them, it also helps reduce dental problems and maintains healthy teeth and gums. There is doggie toothpaste you can use or just mix up a paste of baking soda and water. Grab a kid’s toothbrush or gauge pad to scrub those teeth.
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