Dogs: Caring for Man's Best Friend

Dogs have often been called man's best friend. The reason for this comparison is simple, dogs are loyal, kind, and loving…no matter what they will never leave your side when they are treated with love.

Dogs are one of the low maintenance animals to keep. They will never fail to let you know when they want to play, when they are hungry, and when they need to go to the bathroom. When caring for your dog, be sure to not over feed. Overfeeding can cause a multitude of health problems.

Be sure to wash your inside dog at least once a month with mild flea soap strong enough to kill fleas, ticks and their eggs. This will also condition their skin so they will not be irritated by dryness. Frontline and Advantage are the best flea and tick products to buy for your dog.

Spaying a neutering is extremely helpful to maintain loyalty to you and your family. If your dog is not fixed and is easily distracted by the opposite sex then your dog's priority can become confused.

Also be sure that your dog gets de-wormed and has its Parvo and Rabies shot by its vet as needed. This is absolutely mandatory for the safety of your dog.

For large dogs a healthy menu should consist of 2 cups three times daily of dry dog food. Once in a while table scraps and or wet dog food is good to give as a treat…but remember not to over do it. Over eating can cause serious health problems.

Perhaps the most important maintenance requirement when caring for your dog is to play with it regularly. Exercise is just as good for dogs as it is for humans. Taking then to the lake, wilderness excursions, hunting, to the park, vacations, and even your favorite sporting events with your friends can create a bond that is unbreakable to man's best friend.

If you wanted to train your dog simple commands can be quite easy to portray. For instance, telling your dog to "Protect" when ever you leave is a good place to start. The next step in this particular training would be to have someone in a thickly padded jump suit, hat/mask come to a window or a door and try to get in. It is important that you are home for the first few attempts as you will need to be present to reward your faithful companion with encouraging words and a treat when your dog barks to warn you…not to mention to keep this exercise a safe one. If however your dog does not bark, you should then reiterate the command "Protect" and encourage your dog to let you know there is someone trespassing.

This can be a very valuable response. Your dog will become an exceptionally compassionate alarm system that will be pleased to announce any and all potential danger to you and your family. This will signify a bond making him realize that he is now a part of the family.

These are just a few of the main points when caring for your dog.

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