14 Tips on How You Can Be A Good Dog Parent: A blog detailing tips on how you can be a good dog parent.
Keep your dog hydrated
Keeping your dog hydrated is one of the most important things you can do as a full-time pet parent. The amount of water a dog should drink per day depends on several factors, including age and size—however, there are some general guidelines you can follow to make sure your dog is getting enough water throughout the day.
Since dogs do not sweat through their skin, they rely on panting to cool off. Panting causes moisture to evaporate from their mouths and noses, which can cause them to become dangerously dehydrated if they don’t get enough water on hot days or after exercising for long periods of time. It’s important to monitor how much water your dog is drinking so that you know when it’s time for them to have a drink.
Feed your dog a healthy, balanced diet
Feed your dog a healthy, balanced diet:
- A diet for dogs should contain all the essential nutrients that are needed for their growth.
- Protein, fat and carbohydrates are the three main elements of a balanced diet.
- Proteins (meat) help in building muscles and repairing body tissue. Fat is an energy source which provides energy to the body. An adequate amount of carbohydrates can be given depending on how active your dog is. Carbohydrates provide fiber to aid digestion and keep the stomach full. Vitamins and minerals also help in strengthening a dog’s bones, teeth and other vital organs in its body.
- Don’t feed your dog too much or too little of anything. Consult with your vet about what would be the best food for him based on his age, health and activity level (if he eats too much or too little this can affect his health).
Be informed about what you’re feeding your dog
It is important to know what you’re feeding your pooch. Many commercial dog foods contain preservatives, additives, and fillers — which can be toxic to your dog’s health. They also contain animal by-product meats that are not fit for human consumption.
You can find a list of food that is beneficial to feed your dog here (link 1). Likewise, there are many food items and plants that are poisonous to dogs. You can find the list here (link 2)
Dogs should always be fed twice daily, ideally once in the morning and once in the evening. To prevent overeating or weight gain, it is recommended that they be fed 2% of their body weight per day as dry kibble.
Exercise with your dog
One way to be a good dog parent is to exercise with your dog. Dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise per day and playtime is important for both mental and physical health. You can try running, walking, swimming or playing fetch with your dog. Playing with them will not only ensure that they are healthy but it will also strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
Avoid too much sun exposure for your dog
Sunburns and heatstroke are common ailments for dogs, as they spend most of their time outside. When it’s hot out, make sure to constantly check on your dog if he/she is playing in the sun and bring him/her inside if you notice that he/she has a red nose or ears. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors with your dog, make sure that there is plenty of shade and water available. Playing in the snow will also protect your dog from sun exposure! Some breeds such as Chihuahuas can easily get sunburned so keep them out of the sun for long periods of time! Dogs should not be left in cars, even with windows open since it can quickly become too hot.
Brush your dog’s teeth every day
Dogs, like humans, should have their teeth brushed every single day. Tartar buildup and gum disease can become serious problems if left unchecked. The longer you wait to brush your dog’s teeth the harder it will be for them to get used to it. If you start in puppyhood, brushing your dog’s teeth will be a routine part of their life that they look forward to every day!
You can find doggie toothbrushes at most pet stores as well as doggie toothpaste. Use the toothbrush just as you would for yourself and then let your dog enjoy a treat or a trip outside afterwards as a reward!
Cleaning and Ear Care for dogs
- Clean your dog’s ears at least once a week. If you can’t remember to do this at the same time every week, it is even more important that you keep up with it consistently. You can use cotton balls dipped in water to gently clean the inside of their ears.
- Don’t stick anything smaller than your elbow in their ear canal. If you have any doubts about whether or not your dog needs a professional ear cleaning, consult your vet before proceeding.
- Make sure they dry completely before putting anything back on their head. This includes bandanas and hats!
Keep a close watch on your dog’s skin and hair coat
- Dry skin is a sign that your dog isn’t getting the proper nutrients. If you see dry, scaly areas, try feeding them a higher quality food. Keep in mind that if it’s winter time, this cold weather can also cause dry flaky skin.
- If your dog is scratching a lot, look closely at their coat to see if they have fleas or ticks. If you find any parasites on your dog, call your veterinarian immediately and get them treated right away.
- Check for bald spots as well; these may indicate allergies or other problems that might require treatment by your vet. The sooner you catch an allergy problem, the easier it will be to treat and cure!
Take care of your dog’s eyes and vision.
Dogs are playful and active creatures. But as much as they like to explore, that doesn’t mean there’s no danger for them. Your dog will never be able to protect himself the way you can, which means that it is on you to make sure he is safe.
One area of your dog’s health that tends to go overlooked by new dog parents, but is extremely important, is his eyesight and vision. There are many things that could go wrong with your pup’s eyesight if you don’t take care of him properly—and without proper care, those problems can only get worse over time.
Luckily for you and your pup, there aren’t too many things more important than caring for his eyes! All it takes is a little attention from you to ensure that your dog retains perfect vision throughout his life.
Here are a few tips on how you can help keep your dog’s eyes healthy:
- Make sure to clean your dog’s face regularly—especially his eyes. Dogs spend so much time outside running around in the grass and playing with one another; sometimes they come home looking like they’ve been rolling around in the dirt all day long! The insides of their eyelids tend to get very dirty as well; if left uncleaned, this could lead to infection or further complications down the road (trust us). Use a damp washcloth or towel to gently wipe away any dirt from their face (eyes included). If there happens to be “gunk” on the inside of the eyelid itself, use a cotton ball dipped in warm water and gently work it off (you should do this very carefully so as not to irritate the area further). Do not rub at all! If done correctly, a gentle wipe should do just fine (if done incorrectly, your dog may lash out at you… no one likes having their eyeballs touched!). Just remember: when cleaning out anything around an eye—be it “gunk” or even dirt—
Make sure to cut the nails whenever they start causing discomfort when walking.
You should cut your dog’s nails whenever they start causing discomfort when walking. If you are doing it yourself, make sure to use a nail clipper rather than scissors. You can also let a professional do it if you feel uncomfortable handling the task. Make sure not to cut the nails too low because it might cause excessive bleeding and infection. Also, avoid cutting them too high as this will hurt your dog.
Maintain the appropriate weight for your pet.
Maintaining your pet’s ideal weight is very important. Even if they look just fine to you, a veterinarian will be able to tell if there is a problem. Your dog can’t tell you when they are experiencing pain in their joints or other health issues related to weight, so it’s up to you to monitor it and seek help early on. A good diet and exercise routine are essential for your dog’s health and well-being. Talk to your vet about the best food options that allow your pet plenty of energy while maintaining a healthy weight that doesn’t put unnecessary strain on his or her body. You may have been feeding them table scraps or fatty meats from time to time because it seems like an easy way to make sure they get enough protein or fat but these foods can make it harder for them maintain their ideal weight level which could lead serious long term problems down the line such as arthritis, heart disease or diabetes.”
If you have more than one pet in your home, make sure that you are giving each of them equal attention.
This is especially important if you have more than one dog in the home. When it comes to giving attention to your dogs, their personality can be a big factor in how they react to you paying more attention to another dog. Some dogs will feel jealous and may do things like barking or whining for your attention, while others will just ignore it and just move on with their day. You should also give each dog equal time when taking them out for walks and spending time with them outside of the house as well.
Making sure that you are spending equal amounts of time with all of the pets in your house is important because if you don’t, then this could cause problems between the pets who feel that they are not receiving enough attention from their owner(s). It can also lead to feelings of jealousy which could lead to fighting between them or other behavioral problems such as chewing on furniture, etc. If these problems occur, then there are many ways that can fix these issues such as giving each pet an equal amount of love by petting them often, training them together so they both get exercise while bonding together and playing games together where they both get treats at once after obeying commands given by their owners; however, if these methods do not work out then there could be something else going on with either one or both animals (i.e., illness) which would require medical attention before any progress can be made again towards improving relations between all pets living together within one household
Always be a patient teacher with your pets. Don’t get angry or punish them if they don’t pick up a new trick right away.
To teach your dog a new trick, it’s best to show him how you’d like the trick to be performed. Be sure to include hand gestures and/or verbal prompts, if possible. Then reward your dog when they’ve completed the task correctly. If they haven’t gotten it right the first time, don’t get angry or punish them in any way. Practice with them a few times until they get it right and then give them a treat. Never divorce treats from the training process because this will cause your pup to lose interest in learning tricks and because he’ll confuse good behavior with getting food which is not what you want!
Have a positive attitude when interacting with your dogs. Your mood will affect theirs! Takeaway: Dog parenting is hard, but these tips can help you do it better!
Dog parents need to be patient when training their dogs. Sometimes dogs don’t understand us, and we need to be patient when they make mistakes. We should have a positive attitude when interacting with our dogs and other people. Our mood will affect our dogs’ mood. It’s very important to always keep a positive mind-set when you are around your dog because they can detect the slightest change in your body language!
Dog parenting is hard, but these tips can help you do it better!