Dogs are excellent companions for all types of people. Having one dog or many, the requirements for providing them with a good home are the same. Each breed might have a few different needs and you should know if you are able to meet these needs before acquiring the dog. I only have one dog at the moment, but have had many kinds of breeds over the years. The 10 tips on taking care of a dog discussed below are for most breeds.
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If you have an indoor dog, then shelter is all taken care of. However, if your dog is an outside canine, you’ll need to make sure his house is rain proof, out of the sun, and kept clean. There are many fancy designs that can be purchased at animal supply stores. Plans for building your own dog house are available all over the internet as well.
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Dogs love to beg for human food. Despite the cute face staring up at you, don’t give in! They have plenty of nutrients in their kibble and don’t need the addition of lots of human food. Too many scraps will actually make it harder to keep their teeth clean, which can lead to tooth loss. Deciding between a self-feeder or feeding your dog at regular times might depend on the breed of dog. Some are fine with having constant access to food, while others will make themselves sick with too much food.
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Clean, fresh water is important for a healthy dog. Be sure to empty the water bowl at least once a day and refill with new water. I find it best to change the water out in the evening before I go to bed and then again in the morning. I continue to hope that a constant supply of fresh water will keep her from going to the toilet bowl for a drink!