Choosing a dog, feeding, grooming, and exercise.

Barbara10Broek By Barbara10Broek, 17th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/wgfhv4.u/
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Never buy a dog on a whim, as a surprise gift or without consulting the rest of the family.

Pet selection

Never buy a dog on a whim, as a surprise gift or without consulting the rest of the family. Consider first whether you or the intended owner can accept the responsibility of feeding, walking, and training a dog and providing proper medical care.

If the answer is yes on all counts than consider the type of dog. Do you want a guard dog or a pet for the children? Small dog or large? An inexpensive mongrel or a purebred? In considering purchasing a purebred study the American Kennel Club breed descriptions. Try to buy a dog directly from the breeder.

A dog acquired from a pet shop or an animal shelter may have changed hands several times under stress. Ask for a medical guarantee and for an agreement that you can return the dog within a reasonable time if it becomes overly aggressive or shy.

What to look for in a puppy.

The best time to choose a puppy is at 7 to 8 weeks of age, when it should be weaned, is lively, and can walk and run. A healthy puppy has clear eyes, a smooth coat, and is alert and playful. Avoid a dog with runny eyes or nose, a potbelly, a cough or diarrhea.

A friendly puppy will approach you, happy to be petted. If a puppy nips at your ankles and resists petting, it may turn into an aggressive hard to train dog. A puppy that shrinks away from you may be ill or already showing nervous or shy tendencies.

Have a veterinarian examine your dog as soon as possible for worms and general fitness. Give him the dog’s immunization record if any and schedule further shots. Puppies should be inoculated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza at 6 to 8 weeks, at 9 to 11 weeks, and again at 3 to 4 months. Annual boosters are essential. Rabies shots are given at 3 to 6 months and thereafter at 1 to 3 year intervals. Unless you plan to breed your dog talk to the veterinarian about having it spayed or neutered.

Proper feeding

Feed your puppy a commercial puppy food three times a day, twice a day after six months. By year 1 it should be eating an adult dog food once a day. Most canned, dry, or semidry dog foods provide balanced nutrition. You can add cottage cheese, cooked eggs, or cooked lean meat but such supplements should constitute no more than 20 percent of the dog’s diet. Provide plenty of fresh water, change it twice a day.

Grooming a Dog

Accustom a puppy early to regular grooming sessions. Hold it in your arms and gently brush it while talking reassuringly. The average dog needs brushing once or twice a week. While brushing, check for skin problems.

Bathe a dog it ifs coat becomes dirty or smells. Wash it in a tub or sink with warm water and a mild dog shampoo. Rinse and towel dry it thoroughly. Keep the dog indoors and away from drafts until it is dry.

Unless a dog’s nails are worn down by outside activity trim them periodically with special clippers, cut only the pointed tip of each nail. Chewing on a rawhide bone once a month helps prevent the buildup of tooth tarter.

Daily exercise

Take your dog for a long walk in the morning, after its main meal, and before bedtime. Keep it on a regular schedule, don’t over exercise a dog after a large meal or on weekends to make up for a sedentary week.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Jan 2011 (#)

A super article Barbara. If you would like to link articles like this one to any of my pet articles, feel free to do so. I would be honored.

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
19th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Jerry, please feel free to add this as a link in your article as well.

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author avatar Greenfaol
18th Jan 2011 (#)

Wonderful article, really useful and informative. I hope people take heed :D

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
18th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Jan 2011 (#)

My wife and I would love to rescue a dog from a shelter, except we both know we do not have time for a dog, and for this reason do not own one.

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
19th Jan 2011 (#)

We would love to have a Greyhound but can't give it the attention it need. We get satisfaction by providing sponsorship for a dog at a rescue.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
18th Jan 2011 (#)

Very informative article, great source for people looking for a dog. Wonderful job :)

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Mark, I love your and your wife's honesty about it all. I wish more people had that way of thinking. I hate seeing people take on a dog and really have no time for it.
Barbara, great article, I think you layed it all out. I just hope people listen to your sound advice.
THank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Retired
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Outstanding piece of work as always.

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author avatar Jess
4th Feb 2011 (#)

my son really wanted dog, i bought him little cute dog, but he grew up and my son doesn t want him..there is a problem now

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