The friendship you share with your dog is mutually beneficial

The friendship you share with your dog is mutually beneficial. He offers his loyalty, company, and even protection against intruders or other would-be assailants. But he needs you to provide several things for him in order that he remains healthy and happy. Food and water are a given. So, too, is exercise. But he also needs periodic trips to his veterinarian, ID tags, and professional training. These are a few of the things your pooch requires from you.

This article will provide the basics of giving your dog the care and attention he needs. If you keep the following suggestions in mind, you’ll find that your canine will be a more pleasant companion throughout his life.

Routine Veterinary Care

Veterinary care is easy to overlook, especially when your dog seems healthy. The problem is, health-related issues can develop without obvious symptoms and quickly worsen. Even when symptoms present, many owners fail to recognize them.

Make routine appointments with an experienced veterinarian. He or she can perform regular checkups to ensure your pooch’s health is sound. If there are problems, the vet can recommend the best form of treatment (e.g. medications, dietary changes, surgery, etc.).

ID Tags And Microchip

Canines have a tendency to stray from their owners and homes. In most cases, the reason is curiosity; they love to explore new territory. Unfortunately, straying too far often leads to dogs becoming lost. Unable to find their way back, they roam until other people stumble upon them.

For this reason, it’s important that your pooch wears identification tags on his collar. The tags should include your name and contact information so another person can get in touch to reunite you and your canine. Also, consider having a microchip placed under his skin. That way, an animal shelter can still retrieve your contact information in the event your canine’s collar falls off.

Plenty Of Exercise

Just like people, your dog needs to exercise every day in order to stay healthy. Two daily walks should be sufficient to help him keep in shape (assuming you’re controlling the amount of food he consumes). You’ll also benefit. Not only will taking him for walks each day provide you with exercise, but the time you’ll spend together will improve your friendship.

Professional Dog Training

Canines love to please their owners. Unfortunately, learning how to do so properly often takes more time and patience than many owners are willing to extend. This is one of the many reasons to enroll your dog into professional training classes. An experienced trainer will use positive reinforcement, such as praise and treats, to encourage certain behaviors.

Look for classes that allow you to participate along with your pet. This provides valuable opportunities for socialization, an important component in encouraging your canine to be friendly to other people.

Spaying Or Neutering

There is a startling number of owners who either neglect or refuse to have their dogs spayed or neutered. This is tragic because it leads to millions of abandoned pets finding their way into animal shelters each year. If a home cannot be found for them within a given timeframe, they are euthanized.

By spaying or neutering your canine, you can help prevent this problem. Moreover, pets that undergo the operation are typically healthier, less aggressive, and live longer.

Nurture The Friendship

Like all relationships, the bond you share with your canine grows stronger with time. Likewise, there will be instances during which he tries your patience. It’s worth remembering that dogs want their owners to be pleased with them. If your pooch develops a specific behavior you find unacceptable, it’s likely a simple training issue. It might also be a result of a physical problem (e.g. barking due to hearing loss).

Be patient with him. The ongoing companionship and loyalty he offers makes the time and effort worthwhile.

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