You may love your dogs, but just how much are you willing to invest in them? Are they only around to guard your house or play the role of nanny to your children when they are out playing in the yard?
When it comes down to dogs and how they are treated, they should really be an extension of your family. Dogs after all need just as much attention and care so that they can be healthy and in turn be useful to the family. Got a dog? Here is how you can care for it depending on its age.
• Puppies – The best time to take a dog away from its mother is when it’s about 3 months old. If it’s any younger than that, it must stay safe with its mother. If you have a puppy, remember that this is a very critical time in its life and so it must be treated with the utmost care. In fact, puppies need the most attention and care than any other dogs in a different age category, even senior dogs.
As a puppy, it is the best time for it to receive training. This includes toilet training and learning simple commands like “sit” and “stay.” Much like people, dogs learn the most and the fastest when they are very young. It is also during this time that they need to get vaccinated against diseases and conditions like rabies, heartworm (most especially for large-breed dogs) and Ehrlichia. Make sure that your dog has visited the vet for all its shots on a regular basis to ensure that the puppy grows strong and healthy.
• Adults – If you plan to get a dog well into adulthood and don’t want to start from when it’s a puppy, this can also be a healthy choice for you and your family. You don’t have to worry about all the things it had to go through as a puppy and it may have already been trained. However, if it has not been properly trained, you may have a harder time training it but it is not impossible. It just takes more time to train a dog when it is an adult.
An adult dog also might have a harder time adjusting to its surroundings and to other people and other animals, depending on the breed. An adult dog, however, is actually the average choice for many people who get a dog because they cannot be bothered with all the preparation and care that has to be given it as a puppy.
• Seniors – They say that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. This can’t be any further from the truth. An old dog just needs more patience and time to train and like puppies, senior dogs may need a lot of maintaining. This includes preparing or feeding them the right food and also giving them the exercise that they need because they are much older. Large breed dogs need to also visit the vet more regularly to be checked for signs of diseases like heartworm. Senior dogs also need the same attention and should be cared for just as much as puppies are.