"How to Take Care of A Dog"...the RIGHT Way!
If you're sniffing out information on "how to take care of a dog," you've just barked up the RIGHT tree!
While a dog doesn't need as much care as a small child, she does need attention and regular care to keep her happy, healthy and well-balanced. What YOU get in return is a life-long, wildly loving relationship with your pet. And you want that don't you? (Otherwise you wouldn't be reading this, right?)
Sooo... get ready to commit to these FIVE dog care basics ...
Commitment #1 - FEEDING
"How to Take Care of a Dog" with Mmmm-mmm Good Dog Nutrition
Providing good dog nutrition means you need to feed your dog regularly with enough healthy food for his (or her) breed type.
All dogs are different and have different nutritional needs. However, all dogs' diet should include a combination of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. If it does, then your dog's needs for growth and tissue repair will be met.
Since dogs have different needs at various stages of their lives in terms of nutrition, just be prepared to feed your dog accordingly.
>>> A Dog Gift That Keeps On Giving . . . - Clean Fresh, Drinking Water
Commitment #2 - EXERCISE
"How to Take Care of a Dog" with a Dog Exercise Plan
In humans, the importance of exercise has been proven time and again. But what about our canine friends? Is it enough to just feed them properly and give them 'occasional' walks?
A dog needs plenty of exercise... and generally the bigger the dog, the more exercise he or she will need. If you are not prepared to exercise your dog on a daily basis then perhaps you should think about getting another kind of pet.
Not only is regular exercise good for your dog's health, but it also gives him the opportunity to be with you! After all, dogs crave company and like to be with their 'pack' as much as possible.
>>> Dog Exercise: How Much?
Studies (as well as experience) have shown that dogs who are getting adequate exercise are healthier and happier. They are also more social when they are in public places. When dogs are given regular exercise, they are more calm at home and are less restless when left alone.
However, just like feeding, choosing the right amount of exercise for your dog should depend on several factors: age, size, and type of breed.
- Age: Puppies require daily exercise for proper muscle development. Their high energy levels need to be released in some form of constructive activity, and giving them their daily exercise is the best way to do it. Not being able to release their pent-up energy can lead to destructive behavior such as chewing or digging. On the other hand, a mature, aging dog needs less exercise because of their lower energy levels.
- Size: Large dogs do not necessarily need more exercise than small dogs. In fact, many large breeds like the Mastiff or Great Dane would rather relax and sit on the porch all day than go out for a 2 mile run. Nevertheless, they also need their daily exercise, perhaps one or two 30 minute walks everyday. On the other hand, many types of small breeds such as the Jack Russell Terrier or Chihuahua still keep on going even after a three-mile walk.
- Type Of Breed: Your dog's breed is also a big factor on the amount of exercise required. For instance, dogs that were originally bred to herd such as the Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, and German Shepherd need to be exercise daily. Another example of a breed that requires daily exercise are those that were originally bred to hunt (hunting dogs). Examples of these dogs are the Beagle, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and German Hunt Terrier. And finally,sled dogs such as the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Alaskan malamute share the same high level of energy as the herding dogs and hunting dogs and therefore, need to be exercised on a regular basis.
>>> A Fun Way To Keep Your Dog Mentally and Physically Active . . .
Commitment #3 - GROOMING
"How to Take Care of a Dog" with Regular Dog Grooming & Hygiene
The importance of dog grooming is not only for aesthetic purposes but also adds to your pet's holistic growth, both - physically and psychologically.
Daily or weekly hygiene routines just makes good 'health' sense and the time spent with your pet creates opportunity for bonding.
>>> Dog Grooming Checklist
When all is said and done, you may not have the time to carry out these tasks or feel confident enough to do them. That's okay - you can always hire a dog groomer... and that will leave you to find alternative ways to spend 'quality' time with your pooch ;-)
Here's the scoop on regular examinations of your pet:
- Coat: Look out for bumps, hot spots, inflammation, irritation, vegetative matter, and parasites like fleas and ticks in his coat. Get rid of fleas by using a fine-toothed comb while ticks can be tweezed off. Brushing doesn't only remove mats, it also takes away dead hair, thus eliminating animal odor. Tangles can also be very painful for your dog that may lead to skin inflammation. Grooming during shedding encourages growth of new coat, so brush especially after physical exercise.
- Ears & Eyes: Your dog's ears and eyes must also be cleaned often and watched for diseases. For example, droop ears are inclined to infection which can lead to permanent hearing loss. A damp cotton cloth is used to remove mucus from your dog's eyes and a coarse rag is appropriate incleaning your pet's face.
- Teeth: A dog's teeth are very important and care is required to keep them healthy. Dental hygiene is maintained by using dog toothpaste and toothbrush with soft bristles twice a week.
- Paws & Nails: Examine your companion's pads - dirt, grime, pebbles, chemicals can get caught that can infect his paws. You may also need to clip your dog's nails on a regular basis. Nails should be trimmed every month, especially if your dog has a hard time walking.
- Bathing: Different breeds require varying bath frequency. You can consult your Vet, an online source or a local pet grooming shop if you're not sure how many times you should bath your dog. When bathing your pet, make sure that you brush away dead hairs first to clear all the mats in his coat. Soak your pet in warm water. Apply a pet shampoo in small amounts. Target areas are the eyes, ears, rectum, toes and under the chin. Avoid getting soapy water in his eyes and ears. You also have an option to apply coat conditioner after bathing.
Commitment #4 - VET VISITS & VACCINATIONS
"How to Take Care of a Dog" with the Assistance of Dog Health Professionals
Once you've brought your dog home, be prepared to take him to the veterinarian for health check-ups and vaccinations on a regular basis.
How regularly should you take your dog to the veterinarian? What about vaccinations? What treatments are considered basic for good dog health?
It is recommended that you take your dog for an annual examination to the veterinary clinic. Your veterinarian can check your dog for illnesses you may not be aware of and assess his overall health. A heartworm blood test is suggested every year. Veterinarians will also check your dog for any worm infestations and will prescribe correct medication to eradicate any problem they may have with these parasites.
The veterinarian can also give you advice about external parasite control. New methods for flea and tick management are always coming out. Discuss the best options for your dog with the veterinarian.
Your dog should be vaccinated on a regular basis. Traditionally, vaccinations, given by your veterinarian, will begin when your puppy is about eight weeks old and continue over a scheduled period of time (within months and then annually). These vaccinations are meant to immunize against DHLPP (parvo virus, distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis and parainfluenza) as well as against rabies, Bortadella or Lyme diseases. Bottomline, discuss the need for these shots with your veterinarian to find out what is required in your area.
Spaying & Neutering. If you do not wish to breed your dog, basic veterinary care will involve getting your dog spayed or neutered. Female dogs are spayed and this involves removing the uterus and ovaries. Male dogs are neutered, which means having the testicles removed. These operations should take place at six months of age for both male and female dogs.
Dental Check-ups. Your veterinarian can also assess your dog for any dental problems. If you have not been cleaning your dog's teeth and plaque has built up, your dog may need a professional dental treatment by the veterinarian. This involves cleaning, scaling and polishing your dog's teeth. Dental care should be a standard part of your annual trip to the veterinary clinic.
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Commitment #5 - TRAINING
"How to Take Care of a Dog" with Proper Dog Training
Your dog needs guidelines to be a 'socialized' dog and obedience lessons will help you set those guidelines for him.
Who should train your dog? Well, you of course! But you'll need to be trained to train your dog. That's what effective obedience training classes do - train the owner in the correct techniques to train their dogs.
There are many dog trainers around and you need to be aware of what you want from the sessions.
Trainers and/or training books and videos can be found online, through word of mouth, the yellow pages, recommendations from your veterinarian or the humane society.
How Dogs Think . . . - A Better Understanding of Your Dog's Behavior Does Wonders For Your Relationship . . . (With the Dog, That Is)
Great Online Dog Care Resources
- The ASPCA
A great resource for pet care info. . . The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Society was formed to alleviate the injustices animals faced at
© 2007 Dee Gallemore
Hope you've learned a thing or two about how to take care of a dog! - Let me know you stopped by . . .
Safari user on March 14, 2018:
Paul Levy from United Kingdom on November 12, 2015:
What other dieting tips can you offer to raise a healthy dog? :) Great hub well done!
Suse Barnes on June 30, 2015:
Great lens! Do you have a recommendation for a lens about flea and tick control perhaps? It seems that this year is particularly bad for them.
Jacody on September 24, 2014:
MyHealthyDog on December 15, 2013:
Thanks for sharing. good overall advise on Dog Care
SoundHoundSecrets on December 06, 2013:
Excellent advice I must say. If more people who were contemplating getting a dog read articles like this then we wouldn't have so many dogs locked up in rescue centres.
JimHofman on December 04, 2013:
Great tips! Exercise, discipline, and affection. A tired dog is much less likely to get into mischief.
eBookforprofit on October 05, 2013:
Thanks for your sharing. Excellent advice.
apuppyslife on April 24, 2013:
great advice and nice lens.
LouisaDembul on April 03, 2013:
Very nice advice on how to take care of a dog. I think the training is often overlooked, most dogs will thrive when trained well.
Meyani on March 16, 2013:
well presented lens. look like that you are expert on this field
Ted Bergman on March 12, 2013:
As comedy writer, dog lover and creator of dog and cat humor, I enjoyed this lens - and used some of it for a reference in creating my new Dog & Cat Comedy TV Show.
Thanks for your expertise and information!
vandanarana lm on March 05, 2013:
A brilliant lens which I am sure many will benefit from reading. Thank you.
Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on March 02, 2013:
Excellent suggestions for first-timers (or folks who need a refresher). Well done! Blessed
kabbalah lm on March 01, 2013:
I have a furminator. It works great
anonymous on February 22, 2013:
i did not know this
ChristyZ on February 21, 2013:
Great advice, dogs definitely need a lot of exercise and people need to be prepared to take their dog on walks or to the dog park:)
GeekGirl1 on February 16, 2013:
I like your dog grooming checklist. will put it into use. Thanks.
happynutritionist on February 15, 2013:
Aspen the Yorkie and I both liked this page, and we thank you for this information. *blessed*
chickie99 on February 13, 2013:
very helpful lens! thanks for the info.
we have a retriever and a maltese. the maltese is very bad! alpha dog syndrome...LOL
WordChipper on February 07, 2013:
Great lens! Lots of good common sense info here.
anonymous on February 01, 2013:
KateAdamsUSA on January 30, 2013:
completely agree on the dog care tips. big fan of pets, check out my lens on 101-animal-polls.
wahmshelley on January 26, 2013:
This is really great advice on how to take care of a dog...My dog was trained to poop away from open spaces...He would go way out in the yard next to fence or behind the shrubs, when I lived in an apartment building...Now I have kids to train....
WAHM Shelley... :)
Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on January 24, 2013:
i will get a dog after i will come back from my visit at my daughter, i appreciate very much the good advises about the dog's health.
myspace9 on January 23, 2013:
Wonderful lens about a dog care.
MVSquid on January 22, 2013:
Great Lens. I really do believe that dog owners should be prepared prior to purchasing a dog. One of the saddest sites I have seen is a dog that was not malnourished and not taken care of well.
kcsantos on January 18, 2013:
Yes, I really learned a lot. Thanks for sharing this helpful lens.
Webinaut on January 16, 2013:
Really comprehensive, well-researched lens. My daughter is a vet and I will definitely refer her to this.
Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on January 12, 2013:
I am featuring this one too. Thank you for liking and blessing my lens about New Orleans as a winter getaway. I do appreciate it very much.
Lee from Derbyshire, UK on January 04, 2013:
Great lens - that Jack Russell just looks like my gf's! :D
KitchenExpert LM on January 02, 2013:
Nutrition has to be one of the best items for helping you taking care of your dogs.
Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on January 01, 2013:
We have three dogs in our greater family, and I know how good your advice is. I love Dr. Pitcairn's book. And I have never seen the one on 101 tricks for your pet. Have put it on my Christmas list for next year.
Englishmastiffe on January 01, 2013:
A great resource. Quite a bit of good information!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 29, 2012:
This is very comprehensive. A great resource for those who have dogs.
applejacking on December 27, 2012:
All done. I'm dog lovers with a Golden and Chihuahua. Caring my dog like caring my self. that's what I've done as an owner.
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on December 27, 2012:
I just stopped back to bless this excellent lens. :)
anonymous on December 24, 2012:
@jadapotata: Yea but you have to get one
VspaBotanicals on December 19, 2012:
Amy Trumpeter from Oxford on December 18, 2012:
Great to get people thinking carefully about commitment before getting a dog. Thanks for such a great lens!
mariacarbonara on December 08, 2012:
Awesome page. Im thinking about getting a pooch!
jadapotata on November 29, 2012:
Great lens! Thinking of getting a puppy (my first one!)
Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on November 21, 2012:
Wonderful advice, dogs are hard work, cats are so much easier. The reward outweighs the hard work. :)
anonymous on November 19, 2012:
you need to walk a dog
WriterJanis2 on November 19, 2012:
Being a dog owner, it's nice to see so many great tips for the proper care of a dog.
anonymous on November 18, 2012:
Thx u so much I'm 11 years old an one weekend I'm with my mom and the other I'm with my dad an I have a pet dog at his house name Chole an its just hard to take care of her
ohcaroline on November 17, 2012:
This is a great tutorial for proper dog care.
John_Hairstyler on November 16, 2012:
Thank you for great advices on how to take care of a dog properly. I love dogs too.
anonymous on November 15, 2012:
I like dogs very much. In my past life I had a German shepherd named Blondi. As a baby, I knew my grandparents' dog. He was 3 quarters wolf and a quarter shepherd. He was dopey and fun to play with. Lots of people found him scary because his head was as big as a farm animal's.
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OUTFOXprevention1 on November 04, 2012:
Potty training my Boston Terrier puppy... this was very helpful.
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spids lm on November 01, 2012:
great lens love this!
anonymous on October 28, 2012:
anonymous on October 08, 2012:
This page rules,rocks and is soooooooooooooo useful I love it.
Thanks for this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anonymous on September 23, 2012:
Dog need a lot of respect. You shoudend yell at a bo d endless you asked it nicely about 5 times. You shoudent yell at all when you are trinh to teech it a trick because that is something you want the dog to do not somthig you need the dog to do. The more you are nice to Ladoga the better they will listen.
coolmon2009 lm on September 23, 2012:
Most first time pet owners don't realize what a big responsibility that cute little puppy is when they bring it home. Good information and nice lens
laurajax on September 22, 2012:
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Im Horse Crazy on September 05, 2012:
Cool lens! I love dogs!
chinchilla-cages on August 25, 2012:
Thanks for these tips.
EbooksFreeWeekl1 on August 19, 2012:
Great lens! Thanks for sharing these tips :)
iamradiantrose on August 18, 2012:
great lens - lots of really good information. I use the furminator on all our furries and we all love it. I love information on homemade dog treats...thanx
anonymous on August 14, 2012:
this lens is very perfect! it brings valuable ideas to every dog owners! thank you so much! i have linked your post in here: http://www.thedoggieworld.com/getting-the-answers-...
Lynda Makara from California on August 08, 2012:
These are all great tips for taking care of our fur babies.
ShariSmith on August 01, 2012:
StewartClan on July 30, 2012:
I really love this lens. I ordered the book 101 Dog Tricks but as I live in the UK it won't show up on yours. That book looks amazing! I cannot wait for it to come. Although my dogs are old I would still like to see if I can train them to do some tricks as they are not able to run around to get their exercise. I say not able to........it could be not willing to. Thanks for the lens!
nickybutler on July 30, 2012:
Thanks for a great lens :) very informative and some good ideas for new books to buy!
garyhennesrealtors on July 28, 2012:
I was scared about my pets health but reading your articles now i am not worry.Thanks for giving me health ideas about pets.
audithedestroyer on July 26, 2012:
I hope other dog owners read this. :)
audithedestroyer on July 26, 2012:
jarvim on July 23, 2012:
Useful lens :-)
Parsney on July 18, 2012:
This is helpful to me because I want to be a vet!
OrlandoTipster on July 11, 2012:
I love this lens!
I found the homemade meals fantastic.
Just have to convince my wife it's ok to cook dog meals.
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on July 07, 2012:
Great tips. The top three big considerations for my new dogs are exercise, water, and training. Feeding them well, of course, is a top priority, but I list water because this is the high desert. Between the altitude and the aridity, water is the difference between life and death. My dogs need tons of exercise to keep their behavior in acceptable ranges right now. We do two to three big walks/hikes every day. They crave this activity and it's great for bonding.
poorwendy lm on July 07, 2012:
Great tips. Grooming stood out to me. I've known about feeding and exercising the dog. Grooming was something I hadn't thought of.
WriterJanis2 on July 03, 2012:
Really informative tips for proper dog care.
ChristmasOrname on July 03, 2012:
Wow, this is really a comprehensive guide on how to take care of a dog. Great work, nDee.
anonymous on June 19, 2012:
thanks!! the information is very detailed!!
anonymous on June 07, 2012:
thanks for the advice my mom is going to buy me a puppy only if i stay in mexico for 4 wekks thanks for all the tips guys
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on May 26, 2012:
I wish EVERY dog owner would read this fabulous lens! Well-organized, well-written, and excellent, actionable advice. ~ Blessed! ~
AshleySears LM on May 23, 2012:
Thanks for all the tips on taking care of pets! My dogs will enjoy the benefits of me reading this!
BorderCollie LM on May 14, 2012:
Very nice lense. Dental check ups are so important. I know someone who ended up spending so much money on a dog dentist because ger dog had a rotten tooth.
anonymous on May 10, 2012:
thanks for the info!
MsJanet on May 06, 2012:
I just wanted to say that I just started my own lens about raising my first dog, and your lens has provided me with a lot of great information over the past year -- so thanks!
JoyfulReviewer on April 29, 2012:
You've provided a lot of helpful info. here ... nicely presented. ~~Blessed~~
MATTHEWO1234 on April 17, 2012:
when im older i will be becoming a vet. And I want to learn some things about dogs. All of this i knew already but i still loved it.
pcgamehardware on April 15, 2012:
You've really done your homework on this one. Great lens!
Liked and Blessed.
gatornic15 on April 08, 2012:
Thanks for sharing! There is a lot of great information here.
rihamah lm on April 08, 2012:
great lens, thanks for sharing.
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aquarian_insight on April 01, 2012:
I absolutely agree with you. If we do these things, our little furry pawed friends will be healthy and happy. They bring us so much joy, it is the least we can do. A fabulous lens - thank you!
infiniti99 lm on March 29, 2012:
Thank you for sharing your lens is right on and that makes for happy hounds
chadklass lm on March 26, 2012:
Awesome lens thanks! Lots of useful information.
infiniti99 lm on March 25, 2012:
Great lens thank you for sharing.I have a large lab that this information helps me greatly
anonymous on March 21, 2012:
how take care a dog that will be by it self for 10 hours in night (friend of mine will be in the hospital for same days) I'm working third shift and I'm the only close friend she has,thank you for any info.
anonymous on March 20, 2012:
SoundsOfBliss on March 17, 2012:
Nice tips on grooming. Our lad Timo, a beautiful border collie, can sense when this going to happen. He hates it! Useful links. Thanks.
anonymous on March 12, 2012:
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anonymous on February 29, 2012:
Thanks for the info!! It really helped me with my project and my dog ^_^