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Dog Care Tips

You love dogs and have introduced one to your family. But bringing a new dog home is a big responsibility, requiring both care and commitment to the health & well-being of your new family member. If course, you want to do everything to ensure your pet’s well-being.

Here are a few dog care tips to make the transition smooth & easy:

A little research on different dog breeds and personality traits will help while looking to introduce one to your family. For homes with toddlers and small kids, a pup that is more relaxed and has even disposition would be the right choice. For owners living in small apartments, large dogs could not be the perfect option, as they need more room to run.

The bond you enjoy with your pooch is a special one. It is important to spend good time with your new family member through a dedicated exercise session. It will bring both of you closer, strengthen the bond, and keep your pooch healthy and active.

Pet grooming and care is critical to its health & well-being. Keep a check on aggressive parasites, such as fleas and ticks, which might attack your pet.

Your playful pooch needs a good, healthy diet. A vet can help you understand the best foods, vitamins for your pet. They will also help you through flea & tick prevention and heart worm prevention and determine if your dog has any other special needs. 

It is important to have your pooch checked for any worms and ensure that its shots are up to date.

Care for New Puppy

Bringing Puppy Home

The bond with your pet is everlasting. When you decide to bring home a new pet, you must make sure the trip is as stress-free as possible. You may want to use a pet carrier to make the journey back home safe, secure, and comfortable.

These tips will be useful to help your puppy adjust to his new abode:

When house-breaking your new pet, a few accidents along the way are natural.  Be patient and do not forget to hurl a few words of praise for your new puppy when it does as directed.

A vet can guide you through your pooch’s vaccination schedule. Growing up puppies need more shots, while booster shots are enough for grown-ups.

Make its new abode a place of haven for your new puppy. Any harmful or choking hazards must be placed out of its reach. Of course, you do not want your pet to break your vintage flowerpot, so keep it where your pooch cannot reach.

  • Chew toys come in handy when your puppy cuts teeth, soothing its itchy, aching gums. 
  • Draw up a schedule for your pet. It will learn through repetition.

Should You Adopt a Puppy or an Adult or Senior Dog?

Adult and senior dogs have already undergone the potty-training process and are typically less destructive. They make great companions for long walks and hikes. If you lack time for training a puppy, you may want to choose an older dog. But this does not mean adult dogs do not require care. In fact, they require the same amount of love and attention. It is important to get to know your new pet.

Since adult and senior dogs are already following a schedule, placing them in a new environment and routine may make life stressful for them. In the process, they may have a few “accidents.” As a pet lover, you would want to make transition smooth for your new dog through love, care, and encouragement. The new environment may seem challenging for your new four-legged friend, so allow it time for adjustment and adaptation. Little patience and care can go a long way in helping make the environment comforting for your new dog.

Adopt an Adult or Senior Dog
Pet Health
Consult a Vet for Pet Health

Pet Health

Nutrition plays an important role in keeping your pooch healthy and happy. Nutritional needs vary from one dog to another, depending on their breed, activity level, health, and age, among other criteria. Consult your vet to discuss the type of food your pooch needs for optimal health.
Feeding Your Dog with Balanced Dog Food

Feeding Your Dog

Feeding is as important as food. Find a location for your pet to have its food and water. Once you have found a spot, place the feeding dishes there so as not to make it confusing for your pet. Of course, you do not want to frustrate your pooch.Your dog should have clean feeding dishes.

Commercial dog foods are designed for different life stages of dogs. This means you can look for puppy food or adult food if you have a pup and adult dog at home. For an elderly pet, there is senior food. Each type of food contains different levels of vitamins and nutrients to cater to the requirements of that life stage. Pet food with vitamins and minerals can support their growth and development.

Do Dogs Need Vitamin Supplements?

Like humans, dogs need vitamins too and must get it from food. You can choose a commercial dog food diet for dogs, with the label reading “complete and balanced.” Such diets are formulated to cater to the needs of growing dogs and meet their vitamins, minerals, and nutrient needs.

Your dog does not need a vitamin supplement if he gets appropriate commercial diet unless recommended by his veterinarian. However, a dog on a homemade diet may need vitamin and mineral supplementation along with their meals.

It would be a mistake to give your pet human vitamins. You should avoid giving them any over-the-counter vitamins or supplements meant for dogs without a vet’s prescription. You should not make the mistake of getting prescribed vitamins for your pup from your local human drugstore.

Vitamin Supplements for Dogs
Treats & Chews for Dogs

Dog Treats and Chews

Dog treats and chews are a critical part of your pooch’s oral hygiene.Chews and treats also come in handy as a reward when training. A reward can be a motivation to perform better for the dog and encourage good behavior.

Dog Grooming

Dog grooming is essential for a healthy and shiny coat. Regular grooming and bathing can remove dead skin and hair in pets and stimulate natural oils.

The overwhelming number of grooming tools and aides can leave you spoilt for choice.

Some of the questions that are bound to strike your mind may include: What brush brand should I buy? Which shampoo brand is the best?

Of course, you do not want to use the wrong tools on your little friend, since it could be as ineffective as no grooming at all. Please check out Dog Grooming Basics here.

Dog Grooming & Bathing
Housebreaking Your Puppy

Housebreaking Your Puppy

Patience is the buzzword when it comes to housebreaking your new dog. Crate training is one of the best ways to master dog housebreaking process, which requires confining your pup to a small area. By doing this, you may discourage any accidents until your pooch is ready for outside exposure.

Explore our Dog Crates and Kennels section to get your hands on a quality dog crate and housebreaking training essentials. Follow the same schedule every day and take your pooch outside at regular intervals.

Traveling With Your Dog

When traveling with your pet, its safety is your prime concern. Make sure it is securely restrained to keep it from bouncing here and there in the vehicle.

Pooch Canada deals in all kinds of pet care products, including travel crates, bags and pet carriers, to keep your dog comfortable and secure while traveling. Our travel bags can easily accommodate small pets so you can have a stress-free travel.

Travelling with Your Dog
Dental Care for Dogs

Dental Care for Dog

Oral hygiene is important for pets to keep their teeth healthy and strong and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Our dental section offers an excellent selection of items to boost your dog’s teeth health. These products may include toothpaste, toothbrush, and biscuits. Choose pet-specific products and avoid using regular toothpaste, which can be toxic for your dog.

Ear Care For Dog

When it comes to maintaining hygiene, your dog’s ears require special care. There are a variety of ear powders and lotions to remove dirt and wax buildup in your pet’s ears and prevent infections and irritations.
Ear Care for Dogs
Playtime for Dogs

Play Time For Dog

Just like a child, your pooch needs dedicated exercise schedule and play time so it can expend energy and stay fit. Additionally, play time is the best activity to spend time with your pet. It will help strengthen your bond.

Proper tools are a necessity to ensure that the play time is safe and productive. You will find a variety of dog ropes, interactive do toys, and balls to engage your pooch for hours together.

A Place to Call Home

A home is a home! For pets, it is no different. They enjoy having their own space and find it comfortable and relaxing to spend time there. A pet bed or insulated doghouse, with suitable quarters, offers an ideal solution for your pet to call home.Make sure your dog’s area is big enough to fit the pooch comfortably.
Warm Home for Your Dog
Comfortable Pet Bed for Dogs