Food & Water
It's imperative to pay attention to the nutritional requirements of your dog's age, size, breed and body. One brand or formula of food might be perfect for one pup, but could cause problems for another that's allergic to an ingredient. Your vet will be able to guide you to the ideal formula, serving size and frequency for your specific dog, especially if you have any concerns about allergies or sensitivities.
Additionally, your dog should ALWAYS have access to clean, fresh water.
Physical & Mental Stimulation
Exercise, too, depends on the age and breed of your dog. While some pups do well with more infrequent walks and playtime, other breeds require daily vigorous exertion to keep them happy. Learning more about their breed (or breeds), as well as paying attention to your individual dog's habits and what she's trying to tell you, is essential to ensuring your dog gets the exercise she needs.
Your pup's brain needs a workout too! As we've mentioned before, a bored dog can become a destructive dog, so it's important to keep them mentally stimulated, through teaching, toys and puzzles and more.
Keep Them Current
Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and checkups and have the tags to prove it. Also remember to update all microchips and ID tags if you move or if your phone number changes so your little furball can easily be tracked back to you should they run off.
Remember, your dog depends on you for survival and thriving (and we know you depend on him for love and snuggles!), so we encourage you to use Responsible Dog Ownership month as a chance to evaluate what you're doing right for your pup and what you could maybe do better. For more information, we encourage you to check out the AKC's website or to consult one of the friendly Pet Counselors at Petland Overland Park. Stop by today or call us at (913) 498-9814!