1. Identify your dog:
The dog must have an external identification: Equip it with a collar and an identification plate that includes its name, address and telephone number. No matter how careful you are, it is possible that your dog will one day escape and if you wear a collar with identification it will increase the chances of your dog coming home safe and sound. The collar should not be too tight, so that at least two fingers can enter and slide easily.
The identification microchip: Something fundamental, take the dog to a veterinarian to have a microchip implanted. There are numerous cases in which dogs have been able to return home after being lost thanks to the microchip.
If your dog has a microchip and one day it is lost, when it is scanned by a veterinarian or by the staff of a shelter who finds it, they will see your phone or address, something vital to be able to contact you.
2. Be up to date and comply with local laws on licenses to have a dog and vaccination card:
It is advisable to check with the animal shelter or the shelter to find out about the legal requirements regarding vaccines and necessary licenses in the city where you live.
3. Try to groom and comb your dog often :
It is important that we groom our dog frequently and depending on the breed, take care of their hair by combing it frequently to avoid getting tangled and creating knots. The frequency of brushing the dog depends a lot on the type of hair you have, some dogs will need to be brushed once a day and others once a week.
4. Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular checkups :
It is good to have a trusted veterinarian to be able to take our dog for regular checkups. It is the best way to be sure that our dog is in good health. Sometimes you can advise us on any treatment that the animal needs.
5. Accompany your dog and do not leave him alone for long periods of time :
Having a fenced yard with a doghouse is an advantage, especially for large and very active dogs. However, try not to leave your dog alone for long periods of time. Dogs need companionship and feel accompanied by us. They should spend as much time as possible with their family, not always be alone.
6. When you are out of your house, keep the dog safe on a leash :
Even if you have all the licenses and vaccinations in order, you should not allow your dog to roam only outside the home or in the neighborhood. You must have it under your control at all times.
7. Give your dog a balanced nutritional diet and access at all times to fresh water :
Ask your veterinarian to find out how often to feed your dog. The dietary requirements of dogs change as they age. We must also take care of their teeth since dogs’ teeth need to be cleaned and checked regularly to make sure they can eat well.
It is also very important to keep food and products that may be toxic away from our dogs,
8. Train and socialize your dog :
A positive training and training of your dog will allow you to control their behaviors safely and will make the bond with the animal better.
It is important to socialize your dog from a young age by letting him play and interact with other dogs. In parks for dogs or green areas you will find more people with dogs with whom to socialize yours and share and exchange opinions. Sometimes socialization and training require a lot of patience and dedication.
9. Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit :
Most dog owners play with their animals several times a day, and the experience gives us the opportunity to improve the bond that is shared with the dog.
The playing time will depend on the age and how active your dog is. Some dogs are tireless and if they were for them they would be playing and running from side to side all day.
10. Be loyal and patient with your faithful partner :
Make sure that the expectations you have placed on your dog are reasonable and always remember that the vast majority of dog behavior problems can be resolved.Not all problems are behavioral, many can be indicators of a health problem. For example, a dog that growls when you are going to touch its ears may be an indicator that it could have an ear infection.