My colleagues and I were enjoying recess time when one of them shared the news that he had just got a dog for his son the previous day. Keeping the facts straight, he was more excited than his son for sure. However, it was his first time owning a dog and he had no clue how to take care.
Simply buying and owning a dog or any other pet is not all, in fact, the responsibility that comes with it is what you must be concerned about. So we did some research on “hows” and “whats” to take care of his dog and this is what we gauged.
Let’s discuss this in detail
What diet should you feed your dog?
This is obvious. The first and foremost part of keeping your dog fit is the quality and appropriateness of diet and clean water. Research tells us that you can feed your dog with a pure kibble diet that is fruit and vegetables, grains and starches. Another option is that you can combine their diet with either cooked or raw meat, rice, and even fish.
Furthermore, make sure that your dog is not dehydrated. Keep the water bowl filled all the time but not the same water for days. Keep changing it daily.
How much meal for my dog is enough for a day?
Another issue that you may comprehend at the start is how much food is enough for a day? Well, it depends on the size, breed as well as the age. You can also contact your vet to assess your dog’s diet and nutrition. Furthermore, do a quick test yourself time to time by checking how lean your dog is.
For example, if you can feel the ribs while firmly running your fingers over his sides as well as can see a defined waist that he/she is doing good.
Is exercise healthy for my dog?
Yes. Your dog needs exercising too. The need of exercise is not only when he gets obese and you become unable to feel the ribs but in fact if you are interested in keeping your pet fit on a higher note, make sure that he has got an exercising schedule.
What exercises do my dog needs?
Now you may be thinking “Should I buy a treadmill?” You can buy one but not necessarily. Here are some indoor as well as outdoor exercises that may help your dog to keep healthy.
Hiking: Try different parks and place nearby. Dogs love to go out.
Fetching: Play with your dog. The fetching game can have a variety in it. Let’s say that rather than throwing a ball, throw something that counts as a treat for him/her.
Swimming: By a lifejacket for your dog and let him enjoy a watery ride.
Mental Stimulation: Giving training on retrieving as well as recalling can establish a healthy mental stimulation and exercise.
Stairs:Go up and down through the stairs with your dog but if he slows down, then don’t push him too hard.
Hide and Seek: This can be very helpful in developing a mental stimulus.
Tugging: This can result in strong muscle building.
Treadmill: Because why not. Your dog can enjoy his walk even on a rainy day.
How much exercise should my dog do in a day?
The extent to which exercise is required on daily basis depends mainly on which category of age does he lies. There are roughly two categories i.e., the puppies and the adult dogs. The adult dogs have less energy than the puppies.
Further considerations are health and breed. The breed seriously impacts the extent of physical activity needed. This too can be categorized as high energy and low energy breeds. Before you buy a dog, make sure that the exercising needs of his breed is compatible with your lifestyle.
Why should my dog be sociable?
The fitness of your dog also depends on his mental behavior. Socializing may do him a great deal to feel relaxed, calm down and friendly to other dogs as well as people. On the other hand, isolated dogs that do not socialize more or are familiar with a single environment can become aggressive and fearful.
Can an adult dog become sociable?
It is recommended to make your dog sociable from an early age although if you own an adult dog that is not sociable, it is still not late. The procedure of socialization can be taken out slowly with him. Also, if you have got an aggressive dog you can count on help by a professional trainer.
Most importantly, bond with him and make your dog or puppy feel welcome whenever he is around. The more you spend time with your dog, you will be able to get to keep him fit.