Everyone loves dogs. This animal is friendly, cheerful, and is even often called man’s best friend. Dogs make great companions and are very helpful to humans in a number of ways, including helping to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, being guard dogs, and leading the blind.
However, as much as our furry pals care for us, we must care for them, as well. We can keep our pets at their happiest and healthiest by doing a few simple things: keeping them clean, keeping them fed, and giving them all of the play time that they need.
Dogs are unlike cats in that they enjoy a nice bath.
Because dogs are known for digging holes and getting messy any way that they can, bathing them infrequently may sound counterproductive. It is actually necessary for their health as some breeds can begin to have skin problems if they are bathed too often.
Most dogs only need to be bathed twice per year. If your dog is very furry, such as a cocker spaniel, you can give him a bath every other month.
Everyone loves to eat, including our dogs.
Eating does for our dogs the exact same things that it does for us: it causes us to feel well taken care of, keeps our bellies full, and gives us the energy that we need to tackle the day.
Typically, however, we as humans are told to eat three meals per day.
Adult dogs don’t need three meals. Two will suffice for them – one in the morning and one in the evening.
How much should your puppy eat, though?
Just as babies need to eat throughout the day to help them to grow, so do puppies.
Any pups that are less than five months old should be eating three to four times per day.
All work and no play makes everyone dull, including our dogs.
It is in a dog’s design to want to play with his owners, live life to the fullest, and stick his head and tongue out the window, but did you know that exercise does the same thing for Rover as it does for you?
Mental stimulation and an outlet for all of that energy are just a couple of the benefits dogs receive from physical exercise, so you want to ensure that you are giving Rover as much play time as he needs.