We want to have a Happy and Healthy Family Dog. Dog care includes many areas.
Dog Care - Grooming
Daily brushing and grooming, depending on the type of coat your dog has, is very important. My little Bishon Frise is a non-shedding dog; which means his hair mattes up constantly. Our other family dog, an American Bull Dog, Cotton, is a single coat, low-shedding dog, who needs next to no brushing. Although, with her, she loves to be vacuumed with the hose attachment!
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Dog Care - Walks
Daily walks and exercise are important dog care, because it keeps you and your dog's muscles strong and supple. A daily walk builds a strong heart, and a strong relationship with your dog.
Plus, a tired dog is a well behaved dog. If your family dog is tired out from a good walk, then they will be too tired to chew up anything in the house.
Some breeds are more active than others and will require more activity. The size of your dog will also vary the amount of exercise your dog will need. Research your breed to find out how much dog care they will require. Our 'Working Breed', the American Bulldog, is only active when there is 'work' to be done.
I know of 'Herding Breeds' and 'Terriers' who need constant, consistent stimulation, and never seem to tire out. Great, if you are a very active family, and/or live on an acreage or ranch.
I have heard that specially made backpacks, for dogs, can be worn carrying weights, so that they tire out sooner. Besides going for walks, we bike ride with our American Bulldog. We use a short leash, and a bungie cord harness, to keep her from pulling us off our bikes.
Tiring out a puppy is very important. They go through a chewing phase when they are teething. Your family puppy will not have the energy to chew up the house, if you wear them out on a daily walk.
Hint: Our Best Family Dog Advice, is to use a Kennel. Kennels are invaluable for teething, potty training and quiet time. They are perfect if guests come over, who are uncomfortable around dogs. And if you are guest at someones home, your dog can stay put, safe and sound, in their kennel. Dogs are den animals and prefer a safe den to sleep and relax in.
It takes very little time for a dog to get used to a kennel. I think of it as a little kid; when our kids are little, they don't want to go to their rooms. But, when our kids are older, they almost become protective of their rooms.
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Dog Care - Teeth
Like our teeth, dogs teeth are vital to their health. It is in their mouths that they are licking, swallowing, eating and breathing from. Bad breath is not fun for anyone. And dog breath, like in humans, often means disease. Nobody wants disease anywhere in their bodies, especially where we eat and kiss from.
A simple lift of the dogs lip, to see the side of the teeth, will show you if they have tartar, or build up on their teeth. You can try to brush their teeth daily, but you will probably start at the vet's for a full cleaning, or scaling.
If you have a puppy, start brushing their mouths now. That way, you will both be in the habit of doing it for good dog care. Before bed is usually the best for dogs, and humans to have their teeth cleaned.
Here is our 14 year old Bishon Frise, Mitch, before and after, I have cleaned his canine teeth. (The fact that I am a Dental Hygienist for humans, doesn't make cleaning my dog's teeth, anymore fun or easy. I just do the best I can.)
Dog Care - Ticks - Easy Removal Of...
(Thank you Colleen R. for sending us this information!)
This is a great tip for ticks, and dog care, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get with Tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.
Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the Tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
It's much less traumatic for the patient.
Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way.
One lady had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"
Hopefully this will work if you get one on your dog. It is not always easy to get them to hold still long enough! So you might want to try a Flea/Tick collar for the dog care of ticks.
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