You may have a lot of affection for your pets, but how much time and money are you ready to put into them? Is their only purpose in being there to protect your home or to act as a babysitter to your kids when they are outside playing?
When it comes to dogs and the way they are handled, they need to be considered an extension of the family as much as possible. Dogs, after all, need the same quantity and quality of attention and care in order for them to be healthy and, as a result, helpful to the family. Got a dog? Depending on its age, here are some suggestions on how you may care for it.
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.
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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 to a puppy.
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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 maintenance. 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.