THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GET A DOG

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What does every dog lover know? They know that dogs are cute, loving, and fun. The dedication they show to their owners is sometimes more than humans can show. Little wonder they are known as man’s best friend. 

You’d, however, need to know a whole lot more about dogs before you can get one as a pet. It’s not just enough to feed them and take them out on the occasional run; you need to anticipate and care for their other needs. 

Feeling stymied about what “other needs” might mean? We’ve got you. In this article, I’ll be breaking down “other needs” so you’ll know how to love and care for your dog in the way they need to be loved and cared for. 

What are you waiting for? Let’s go. 

  • Food 

You might think you’ve got this pat-down. It’s possible that you do, but a little refresher wouldn’t hurt. 

Doggy food is in two categories – the primary food and the puppy food. The main food consists of the dog’s meals, his treats, snacks, and canned food. 

A little reminder, no matter what you do, don’t forget the treats and snacks. Dogs respond to the reward system of training. It means that your dog would be a lot easier to train if you had treats. You might also want to ensure that you mix the higher-in-moisture canned food with the dry pellets. Many dogs enjoy that. 

  • Supplements

This one is mostly for puppies. At that tender age, puppies need supplements to help boost their immune system. Just like human babies, they have quite a vulnerable immune system.

Supplements like digestive pro and prebiotics, skin supplements, and shots give them a healthier start in life. 

Don’t even forget to ensure that your little doggy gets the protection he needs from worms, ticks, fleas, and other diseases. The earlier they have their shots, the better for everyone. 

  • Hygiene 

Of course, your dog has to be neat. Neatness prevents them from having certain diseases. It also keeps your own home healthy. There’s a lot you’ll need to maintain proper hygiene for your dog, and you’ll find them in the dog grooming section. 

  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Nail Grooming 
  • Powder 
  • Eye Care 
  • Ear Care 
  • Brush 
  • Toothbrush and a dog-friendly toothpaste. 

In getting these grooming objects, make sure you get the ones that are compatible with your dog. 

Toys 

Did you think I’d forgotten about toys? I assure you that I didn’t. Dogs need toys and not just for passing the time while you’re at work. Many intellectual toys help your dog stay smart. Get different toys for exercise, interaction, and playing. 

Accessories 

I’m sure you wouldn’t just leave the pet store without getting at least a leash for your dog. But a leash isn’t the only accessory your dog needs. 

He might need any of the following accessories. 

A muzzle: Largely dependent on the breed of dog you have, muzzles are to be worn in public. Find out if your dog needs a muzzle by looking up what the law says about it. 

Pet Carrier: If you have ever had to chase down your dog or try to control them with a leash in public, you’ll understand why you need a pet carrier. 

Cushions: Your dog would appreciate you for getting one. To them, it’s like a home within a home. They’ll feel more comfortable when they have their own space. 

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