Nutrition: Feeding and fresh water are the obvious basics of dog care. Normally, a pup is fed three times a day and gradually weaned down to once a day. Water should be available at all times, except it is okay to remove water from a young pup after his last feeding of the day. Treats are a great way to reward good behavior.
Exercise: Exercise is an important part of dog care. They need to be out, run around, and generally get rid of some of that pent up energy. Exercise is not only good for your dog’s health, but will also help them behave better at home. The size of your dog and the dog breed will affect the level of activity your dog needs. A fenced in backyard works wonders for many dogs, but a small dog weighing 10 pounds, probably gets enough exercise just running around the living room; given you provide play time and toys. Dogs are animals of routine, so keeping their walk/outside play times and feeding times the same every day will be helpful for your dog, You should walk your dog at least 3 times a day so he/she can use the bathroom as well as get exercise.
Supplies: Collar, Leash, Food bowl, water bowl, Toys, Bed, and a den are great starting supplies to begin a happy life with your new dog. Many different styles and colors are available for each of these.
Maintenance: Grooming can be fun for you and your dog or it can be a major chore. There are lots of good ideas on how to groom a dog, but make a routine that suits you and your canine friend. It doesn’t have to be done fast, and it doesn’t have to be done all at one time.
- Dog Bath
Bath time can be in an enclosed shower, the bath tub or with a garden hose. Use shampoo and conditioning rinses for dogs. How often you bathe your dog is based on the dog and living environment.
- Nail Care
The nails should be trimmed, however, You don’t have to trim all 20 nails at the same time.
- Ear Care
Ear care for your dog is very important. Dirt and debris in the ear can lead to inflammation and infection. Routine ear care helps to dry the ear canal and assists in preventing chronic inflammation and infection of the external ear canal. Ear cleaning can be easily done by soaking a cotton ball in an ear cleaning solution and just cleaning them out.
- Caring for Teeth
Dogs need regular dental care. They should have their teeth brushed at least once a week. Cleaning the teeth can be a whole lot of fun. The first few times, you may not do the best job but both you and your dog will get the process down. Make sure to use a toothbrush and toothpaste that is made especially for dogs. Raw hide chews help clean the teeth as well.