THE DOG BLOG – A Dog’s Basic Needs

The dog’s basic needs are prety simple. As a dog owner you are responsible for giving your dog his best life.

Dog’s don’t require a lot of material things , just the basics.

They are:

  • Love
  • Health Care
  • Food & Water
  • Shelter
  • Training

Let’s take a quick look at what these may mean to you and how to provide them.

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Love

A dog responds like a human. It respects kindess, kind words and kind actions.
The dog has to count on us for its every need. It can’t speak to us to ask for food, water or to go outside to do his biz. It is your job to be in tune with the dog and understand it’s gestures and looks. Give him praise for good behaviour. Give him petting and give him hugs. They need lots of loving ! Your dog will reward you by trying his best to please you.

Love, Love, Love Your Dog!

Health Care

There are many diseases that your dog can contract. Your best medicine is prevention. Regular check ups at the vet, making sure he has all his shots and that booster shots are up to date. The money spent on shots is nothing compared to the expense of caring for and treating a sick dog.

Healthy pets lead long, happy lives!

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Food

While we are all tempted to give our dog table food , this is not good for the dog. Dog’s shouldn’t have salt in their diet , salt is in most of the foods we eat.
Dry or canned dog food has vitamins and nutrients critical to good dog health. Choose a premium dog food, read the labels!
The first couple ingredients should not be grains but rather some form of meat, not meat by products.
Read the label and see what the recommended amount of food is for your dog. Ideally you can divide this amount in half and feed half in the morning and half in the evening. Dogs like schedules and routines.
Keep your dog’s water dish full of fresh clean water. They need to be kept hydrated.

Clean your dog dishes regularly!

Shelter

There is no need to buy fancy expensive pet beds. A clean blanket or large pillow will suffice. If your dog has to stay outside make sure he is protected from rain, wind and other harsh weather conditions.

If you don’t have a dog house you cany create a cozy space on a deck, in a shed or in your garage.

Proivide adequate shelter. You wouldn’t lay down and sleep in the rain…don’t expect your dog to!!

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Training

Training is important to keep your dog safe. They need to know when to “sit”, “stay” and “come” when they are in a dangerous situation. Training also provides mental stimulation which is important to your dog’s well being. They are always eager to please you, so by learning to do something you are teaching them gives them a feeling of accomplishment and makes them happy. There are many sites online that give you tips and tricks for dog training. Obedience classes are also another option. These classes provide training from basics to advanced.

Training will give you a well behaved obedient dog.

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