When you make the decision to get a dog, you are making a decision with a lifetime of commitment. After all, this is a new addition to the family that will depend on you for food, health and comfort. While animal training by a professional dog trainer is an important component of ownership and might keep your dog obedient, there’s a lot more to caring for a dog than that.
While you don’t have to approach it with the professional gusto of someone with an animal career, there are certain things that you need to do in order to provide a happy, healthy home for your new dog. Here are some of the most important:
Diet & Exercise: This is the most important thing that you can provide for your dog. Different dogs will have different nutritional or exercise needs. Make sure you do the research on the needs of your breed before bringing them home. Depending on your living space and ability to give them regular exercise, some breeds may not be the right fit for you.
Training: Dog training can help your pooch become a welcome addition to the household. While it can be easier to condition dogs when they are puppies, even old dogs can learn new tricks, if you find the right trainer, such as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. You’ll be amazed at what someone with experience and skills can do to train dogs in certain fields.
Vet Visits: It’s important to bring your dog to the vet for a check-up as soon as you get him. You’ll want to make sure that he’s healthy and find out if there are any potential recurring problems to know about. It’s also important to get the right shots for your dog and stay on top of the booster shot schedule.
Affection: This is the easiest yet sometimes overlooked thing that you can give your pet dog, so plan on spending some “quality time” with your pooch every day.
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