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It is important to have the right kinds of pet supplies. Because dogs are domesticated animals they do require our intervention if they’re to remain in good health. One aspect of pet care is making sure you have the right equipment and other supplies to facilitate a healthy lifestyle.
You’ll need a lead and a collar. A collar is used to identify your pet, although micro-chipping is now ubiquitous. Using a collar also allows you to use a lead. Dogs need outside exercise and the most controlled way of delivering this is to put them on a lead, especially in areas like parks where there can be lots of distractions.
Grooming can be an important aspect of pet care. Not least, because grooming your dog allows you to check for various health conditions, such as arthritis (you can look for swelling around the joints.) A well groomed coat is less likely to harbour germs and parasites like fleas and ticks. You can get various kinds of equipment to help you groom your dog, such as dog shampoo, flea collars and brushes.
Finally but arguably most importantly there’s dog food, plus food and water bowels. The nutritional demands of dogs are notably different to our own and so you need to ensure you feed your canine a high quality pet food, which will help protect it from various health conditions further down the line.
Walking the dog might be one of the simplest ways to protect your dog’s health, (and yours for that matter); however there are ways to optimise the activity. There are reasons why your dog gets excited when it thinks it’s going for a walk, why not make walking your dog extra special by following these tips:
Firstly make sure you have the right equipment, basically the lead and collar. If you buy an extendable lead then this gives your dog more freedom to explore the outdoors safely. Keeping your dog on a lead is very important, as your dog, in the worst case scenario, could otherwise run away and get lost.
Here’s an interesting tip: whenever we’re talking about dog care and behaviour it’s important to remember that they are pack animals. Therefore, you should try and live up to your role as pack leader. On a walk an effective way to do this is to walk in front of the dogs, this reinforces the sense of hierarchy that is so important in canines.
Generally speaking, a dog will like to walk during the morning when they are most active. So, try and set aside some time each day to accommodate this. Ideally, you should be looking at about an hour for walking time. Do remember that walking a dog is a great way for you to stay healthy too.