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Caring for your dog is very important an can only strengthen the bond between man and man’s best friend. As an owner of a dog you’ll be responsible for feeding, house breaking, grooming and cleaning your pet, You will also be the overseer of its overall health and well being. At the first sign of a dog ailment it is best to consult a veterinarian.

There are different kinds of foods that your dog will require at different stages of its life. At 3-4 weeks of age a puppy needs both solid food and their mothers milk. Solid food can be either a canned or a dry commercial product. Dry food should be soften in one of three ways, with water, puppy milk-replacement formula, or by mixing it with canned food, this will make it easier for your puppy to chew. Your puppy will also enjoy the semi-moist and plastic wrapped dog food. When choosing a product be sure that it contains the essential carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. You may also feed your puppy cooked eggs and cottage cheese, but be sure that the proportion of these foods are no more than 10-20% of the dried weight of the puppies diet. Avoid giving your dog table scrapes and large amounts of meat, if not they may develop a preference for them which may cause dietary imbalances and deficiencies. Be sure to provide your dog with fresh clean water at all times. Using a bowl that your pet will not tip over.

Housebreak your puppy as soon as possible. Make a note of how long it takes for your puppy to urinate or defecate after taking it’s first water or food. When you’ve discovered a schedule and the prescribed time has elapsed. Take your puppy outside this way it will associate the outdoors with toilet function and will no longer soil the house or newspapers spread out around its living area.

Young puppies should not be groomed excessively. Once a day is sufficient to remove dirt or surface dust. Bathing your puppy is not recommended. Authorities believe that waiting until a puppies first birthday is best for conserving it’s natural skin oils. Mud and deep dirt can be removed with a damp warm wash rag. Once your puppy has grown, you may wash your dog as often as necessary. However you must use a special shampoo, one that will not strip the natural oils from your dogs coat. Be sure to dry your dog throughly with a rough towel.

Grooming your dogs coat will prevent skin problems by keeping it free from fleas and ticks. The amount and kind of grooming of your dogs coat is determined by the dogs fur type, length, and the animals life style. Short coats will need less brushing or combing than those with longer fur. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors will need more frequent grooming than dogs that live indoors.

Remember, give your dog the TLC (tender loving care) it deserves. Taking the time to care for your dog will only enhance the relationship between you and your best friend.

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