As we all know, a lot of people want to own pups/dogs but lack the needed information on how to be a better dog owner and bring the best out of them. One thing is owning a dog, another is taking care of them or giving them the required treatments.
I shall be taking you through those very essential, vital and important points that can bring the best out of any puppy/dog.
Like humans’ dogs needs a clean and safe environment to live in, that meets your dog’s behavioural and physiological needs. In providing housing for our dog, we must be sure that it shelters them from heat, cold, rain and wind etc.
We must endeavor to provide them with high quality premium commercial food appropriate for their life. Offer a high quality premium commercial food appropriate for their life (e.g. adult, puppy etc) and health status. You can also consider giving them natural substances such as; fresh raw meat (e.g. raw lamb), raw meaty bones and vegetables. I will personally advice you go for human-grade raw meat and raw meaty bones. My reason is because pet meat/pet mince/pet rolls and bone products can contain preservatives that can be dangerous and detrimental to the dog’s health.
Clean fresh water must be available at all times.
Puppies and dogs need adequate and appropriate training and socialisation. Puppies have a critical socialisation period between three and 17 weeks of age. A great way to provide socialisation is by introducing your puppy to other puppies or dogs owned by friends or family members, either at your house or theirs. Of course, make sure the other dogs are friendly, healthy and up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Dogs need exercise it could be in the form of walks or off-leash runs.
– Exercising also provides opportunities for socialisation with other dogs and humans. Dogs also need regular opportunities to play.
Make sure that you supervise your dog when out and about keeping your dog within calling distance.
As the owner, you’re responsible for keeping your dog under control, either by a lead or through verbal command.
Bathing and grooming:
They should be bathed when necessary. Grooming should be done regularly. This is essential for removing dirt, dead skin, loose hairs, tangles from its coat etc.
It is also advisable to use dog soap and shampoo (especially, those that help fight against ticks and fleas) to bath your dogs.
– visit your vet to get the best recommendations.
A lot of dogs owners at a point in time could be very busy with work or might be away for vacation. You may need to arrange your dog(s) to be cared for at a boarding kennel or a friend’s place. Here are the most important things to look out for.
– Adequate security to prevent your dog from escaping.
– Safe and secure area for daily play and exercise.
– Dry, clean and spacious/roomy accommodation with good ventilations.
DHLPP ought to be given to all puppies, at their due dates.
Note: DHLPP is not given at once but at intervals. These vaccinations helps to fight against canine distemper, canine infectious hepatitis canine parvovirus and kennel cough.
Don’t forget vaccinating your dog against RABIES.
Please talk to your vet to tell you more about these vaccination.
Dogs can posses intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms). One very vital point to note is that; some of these worms can be transmitted to humans. It is very important to give your dog worming treatments.
– Monthly or in every 3months interval, depending on the size of the dog or the tablet/drug administered or give to your dog. Your vet will be able to prescribe the right worming products for your dog.
Heartworm infection is a serious condition in dogs. Although, its not a common occurrence. Talk to your vet for advice about heartworm prevention. For dog safety reasons you should never start heartworm treatment without checking with your vet first.
Dog Fleas and Ticks are very common parasite. They can cause severe itching and inflamed skin, leading to dermatitis. Fleas are also the host for the tapeworm most common in dogs. Ticks can be very terrible. The can cause Tick fever, which most times leads to the death of our dogs’. It is. Very important that we prevent these harmful parasites from invading or attacking our dogs by keeping them neat at all times and not forgetting our “environment”- it must be very neat and fumigated against these parasites.
Ask your vet to recommend a suitable flea product for your dog.
It is very vitally essential to register and permanently identify your dog by microchipping. Microchipping helps you locate your dog, if it gets lost. I’ll advice you endeavor to contact the microchip database register to update it, If you moved out of your previous address or you changed your contact details so that if your dog becomes lost, you can be easily found and reunited with your pet.
Join a Kennel Club:
This is where lots of dog owners fail. 98% of them thinks a kennel club is strictly for “breeders” and “peddlers” they do not know exactly, what a kennel club is all about. I will summarize what a kennel club is, briefly.
A kennel club can be said to be an household, where dog lovers, enthusiasts, dog food producers, dog-breeders,pet-groomers, dog-trainers etc, meet to share and achieve a common goal.
There are professionals/veterans who are experienced and loaded with vast knowledge in the act of breeding or dog ownership, gets to assist/help those with little or no experience in dog ownership or breeding. Its very important to join a kennel club or association around you and be a better dog owner.