Dog Care Tips for New Owners
So, you just brought home a cute little Golden Retriever puppy and are trying to be the best dog parent that you can be to him.
Good for you!
It is crucial for you to do some basic research before bringing a furry friend in your family because dogs are a long commitment and will be a part of your life for the next 10-15 years.
Being a first-time dog parent can be nerve-wrecking but, I’ll help you out.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you some dog care tips that’ll help you raise your doggy friend so that you can give him with a happy and healthy life that he deserves.
So, let’s get started!
In this section of the blog, we’ll go through the five basic things that you should know as a first-time dog owner to take good care of the little pup.
Let’s take a look!
As a puppy grows up, the nutritional needs also change, as does the feeding schedule. To be on your A-game, you should feed the puppy according to the needs of his age group.
Take a quick look at our cheat-sheet:
Puppies between 8-12 weeks of age need four meals per day
Pups between the ages of 3-6 months need to be fed thrice a day
Puppies aged 6 months to 1 year will need two meals a day
Dogs older than one require just one meal a day
However, you also need to keep in mind that larger breeds should be fed two small meals a day rather than just one to avoid life threatening diseases such as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus.
Now that you know when you need to feed your puppy and get the timings of it correct, you also need to understand what you should feed your furry friend.
It’s no secret that dogs are in love with food.
However, you need to keep in mind that food is to the dog what fuel is to a car.
This simply means that that if you feed bad or low-grade food to your puppy, they’ll develop a problem or two. So, a healthy diet is essential for proper growth and nourishment.
Following are a few things you should keep in mind:
Always feed your dog high-quality foods that have a good amount of meat in it
Try to home cook your dog’s food with high-quality ingredients
Do not feed too much of “people food” to your furry friend!
Monitor your dog’s caloric intake
Always consult your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet---they know what’s best for your furry friend!
Your dog will need a good and friendly vet who he likes and trusts to help him fight off diseases, for vaccines, and health check ups. For this, you need to look up a recommended and has an excellent reputation with other owners.
Sometimes, as dog owners, we need to call our vets to get answers to some of our questions, like, “Can dogs eat avocados?” or other health-related questions.
So,look for a friendly and knowledgeable vet will help you out with everything!
Did you know that lack of physical activity increases destructive behaviors?
It can also increase the risk of canine obesity which brings with it a host of different diseases.
Physical activity is crucial for your Golden retriever’s health.
It stimulates your dog’s brain
Helps burn calories
Helps your dog stay healthy
The amount of physical activity a dog needs depends on the breed and several other factors, but at least one walk a day at minimum is very important for your dog’s mental and physical well being.
Grooming a dog refers to:
Taking care of hygiene of the dog
Cleaning the dog
Grooming your dogs helps keep them fresh, clean, and free of ticks, fleas, and all those other undesirable pests. You should:
Brush your dog’s coat daily or once in two days to avoid shedding
Brush your canine friend’s teeth once in every two days to avoid dental problems
Clip or grind your dog’s nails twice a month
Bathe your furry friend once a month (or whenever needed) for a happy dog!
You can also use dry shampoos and sprays on your dog
Parasite prevention is essential when you have a dog.
Following are a few things that you should keep in mind:
De-worm your dog as often as your dog recommends
Ticks and fleas are inevitable when you have dogs---use flea preventive treatments and products that kill ticks in you happen to live in an active area
I hope that you liked this article and found it informative and resourceful!
Having a new furry little member in your family can be exciting.
However, you need to take the right care of your furry buddy to ensure that he lives a long and happy life. In this blog post, we shared some dog care tips that are important for new dog owners to know.
Anyone can provide a dog with a home but, not everyone can provide a dog with a good quality of life.
Love your furry friend and take good care of him!
Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions or suggestions! I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!