after your best friend -
Some of the many things you need to know
Here is vital
information and tips for training your dog, feeding and
diet, your dog's welfare and even how to groom your dog.
information will make your dog happy and save you a fortune
on vet's fees when you learn how to look after your dog
and how to train it properly.
Eating Food May Harm Your Dog !
It is obvious that your dog has to eat. However,
most of us are unaware that many everyday foods,
sort of thing you may have in your kitchen cupboard, can
be harmful to dogs.
people will use these foods, intended for human consumption,
to supplement their dog's food. Sometimes such
food is also used to give a dog a tasty treat or be fed "ad
hoc" during the day.
dog's metabolisum is somewhat similar to that of a human.
Sadly, this is one reason why dogs have been used in
laboratories to test drugs etc.
a dog's digestive system has certain critical differences
from a human digestive system. This means that you
can not rely on the idea that if a certain food is safe for
you to eat, it will also be safe for your dog
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Feeding Your Puppy
your puppy's food carefully. Only buy high quality branded
that include a proportion of good quality proteins derived
from fish, chicken,
lamb, and/or eggs.
need to feed your puppy"omega-6" and"omega-3"
fatty acids in a ratio of 5:1 respectively. This supplement
might already be included in a good quality puppy feed or
you can buy it from your vet as a food additive.
This would usually be salmon oil in a form especially designed
to give to your puppy.
not feed any supplements to your puppy without checking with
your vet first.
is easy to overdose a puppy, sometimes with fatal results.
Do not buy cheap food to save money. It is not the best choice
for your dog and you may end up paying much more in vet's
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Good Toys for
Playing with toys can be of great value
to a dog, both for exercise, and physiologically.
Toys give a dog an interaction that stimulates their mind,
keeps them engaged and satisfies their instinct
to chew. It can also help to keep teeth and gums healthy.
It is obviously worth buying toys but there
are many different types and designs of dog toys to choose
from so what
should you look
Firstly consider your dog's temperament, exercise
requirements, size and condition and just how powerful a bite
your dog has.
Does your dog like to fetch? Is your dog a chewer? Maybe your
dog is a cuddler and likes snuggling up to soft comfy toy
animals? Does a squeaky toy attract your dog?
You can now make short list the type of toys
you think are suitable, however, delete the following from
1) Toys that break up easily such as soft plastic or rubber
(harder materials are usually okay)
2) Squeaking toys that are not robust and where
you suspect that the squeak could become
detached and swallowed by your dog.
3) Pull Toys (Actually there is nothing wrong
with pull toys but if you are training your dog using the
"Alpha Dog" principle,
pull toys may undermine your status) - see:
4) Toys with any small parts or protrusions
that might become detached and swallowed.
5) Toys that are too big or too heavy for your
6) All "cheap and nasty" products
- buy branded products if possible
If you are trying to show your dog that you are the "Pack
Leader", and when you are at home, make sure that you
always go through every door before your dog. This is important
especially if there is someone at your front door and
your dog wants to see who it is.
Remember - You Are The Boss -but by your calm actions not
Have a look round various pet shops and doggie
magazines before deciding on what to buy. With branded toys
you are reasonably safe to buy from the Internet where you
may get better deals.
Once you have the new toy(s) you can introduce
them to your dog and hopefully witness your dog's enjoyment.
You will need to examine regularly the toys
and discard them as soon as they show any signs of becoming
If you have toys that you can throw (e.g. a
ball), make sure you throw it carefully. Your dog may chase
after the toy
oblivious to everything else. This means that if the ball
lands near a sharp drop, a piece of machinery or a rock,
your dog might run at full speed into the hazard with potentially
serious consequences and a possible Vet's bill.
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