This is a partnered post.
Taking care of a pet is something that shouldn’t be considered lightly. Any dog you choose has the chance of living to the ripe old age of 18. Smaller furry companions might not last as long, but they leave a big impact too. While puppies can be a lot of fun, they can also be hard work too.
Dogs are known as one of the most loyal companions that you can have. They are there for you when times get tough, they are there for you when you wake up at 4am and need to walk off some energy, and the familiar flap noise of any pet door products you have installed will be a welcome sound to you.
Dogs are loyal without question. And the love deeply too. They don’t expect anything in return from their owners either. In order to reward that, and give it back, you should always make sure that you are patient when your dog is learning a new trick or skill. Sit and Stay take time to master, and what comes after can be more complicated. But ultimately, it keeps your faithful companion busy.
Get active! If you aren’t great at getting out there and going for a walk, then your dogs’ needs will encourage you to start. There are so many different breeds of dog that there is certainly one that will meet your needs and activity levels. Choose a breed that works with your family lifestyle. If you like to go for a run twice a day, get an active dog that likes to run. If you prefer a snooze in front of the telly and a stroll, then you can find a breed for that too.
Healthcare is vital to keep your pooch in tip-top condition. One of the first big operations your dog is likely to have is being spayed or neutered. Many owners don’t think this is necessary because they are with their dog at all times, but you might be surprised just how far a god will go to mate with another nearby dog. Dogs that have been ‘fixed’ are thought to live longer, and the males have fewer behavioral issues too. You should take this step as early as you can.
Read up on your breed. Some breeds come with specific dog health problems, if you are knowledgeable on what might impact your dog, you can be vigilant for particular signs.
Just like you need to nourish your body with goodness, you have to do the same with your pooch. Every breed will have a specific portion of food that is ideal for them, and the more active breeds might need food that supports that. Freshwater should be topped up multiple times a day too.
And finally, when you and your dog are enjoying walks, it is important that you make sure they have a well-fitted harness and lead. This will keep both them and others safe and helps them walk better on a lead.