There are many ways to keep a dog healthy, and they not only include tasty foods but also bathing, proper training and health checkups.
Need for a Bath
A dog doesn’t need a bath every day – lucky dog! In fact, too many baths can remove natural oils and make a dog’s coat dry and harsh. So don’t give your dog a bath unless he’s really dirty and smelly. Regular grooming is the best way to keep a dog clean and looking good. Dogs with short hair should be brushed, whilst long haired ones should be carefully combed first and then brushed. When you have to give your dog a bath, a laundry tub or bathtub is the place to do it. To keep the dog from sliding about, put a bath mat or heavy towel in the tub, plug its ears with cotton, and put a drop of mineral oil in each eye. This will protect the ears and eyes from soapy water. Run in warm water up to about the middle of the dog’s legs. Wet the dog and then work up a good lather with mild soap, a dog soap, or a dog shampoo. Work from the head toward the tail. When finished, be sure to rinse the dog well. Wrap the dog in a big towel before he has a chance to shake himself – this can make an almighty mess! Run the dog briskly around the block if possible until he is nice and dry. Try to keep the dog out of the wind or cold for a while after the run. Then finish the job with a good combing and brushing.
Housebreaking Your Pup
To keep a dog healthy it’s best to establish a toilet area so that your pet is never in contact with its mess. When doing the housebreaking, teaching your new puppy not to go to the bathroom in the house is the first step in training. Until the pup is housebroken, keep him in one small part of the kitchen. Fix up a box for him and put down newspapers. When possible, take the pup for a walk the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Don’t leave water out for him during the night or he’s apt to make a nice mess for you come morning. Try to take him out about an hour after each feeding and praise him whether he does his business or not. You may have to leave the pup alone for hours at a time, so paper-training will be the best bet in the long run.
Housebreaking takes time and patience, it’s not about instant results. For obvious reasons don’t give your pup the run of the house until he is housebroken. When you do allow him into other parts of the house, you’ll have to teach him to leave things alone and to stay off the furniture. So keep a close eye on him during this training period. For more info: Puppy Housebreaking Tips
To do this, confine the pup to a corner of the kitchen and put down papers as before. After a few days, leave part of the floor bare. If the pup goes on the bare floor, scold him and put him on the papers. Praise him when he uses the papers. He’ll soon learn to go on the papers if he can’t get outside. In time, he’ll be able to control himself between walks and this won’t be necessary.
Although you have no doubt been keeping your eye on your dogs health, to keep a dog healthy an annual veterinary visit is essential. Not only will it keep your dog at the optimum level of health and fitness but it will also give you that peace of mind.
Also, an annual checkup is a good time to get regular vaccinations. Regular visits will prevent all manner of possible health problems becoming more serious as well.
Be sure to seek their help when there are signs and behaviors your dog doesn’t often exhibit – these are often markers of health issues. Remember that to keep a dog healthy, prevention is always better than a cure!