Have ever heard the saying – ‘’you don’t teach an old dog new tricks’’. the lesson here is that you should start all training exercise when your dog is still a puppy. Once you get your puppy, the first thing you do is to take him to veterinary clinic. Get him registered and take note of his routine check ups and vaccination protocol/schedule. It is important you have him vaccinated as when due so that there will be no fear in getting him socialize with people.
On getting home, introduce your puppy to your kids and friends. Let them hold and cuddle him. This is an important initiation process into the family.
Note ;- you may want your puppy to avoid other dogs until he has had his second set of vaccination.
GROOMING YOUR DOG
Grooming your dog does two things:
a) It keeps your dog looking trim and cute
b) It solidifies the bond between you and your dog.
Equipment necessary for grooming your dogs
They include:- hair clippers, brushes (different types of brushes may be required for different purposes), and combs. Some breeds of dog such as long-coated ones demand a lot of time and patience and the owner has to be prepared to go through with this to get the dog in a dandy shape.
Suitable methods of grooming for different coats
a) Rough coated Dogs- these usually require more time and effort for grooming. Usually the rough coats cast about every six months and a lot of hair is lost. It is important that you brush and comb the hair daily to prevent it from getting matted. A stiff brush in combination with a comb will do this job well and you should make sure you get to the root of the hair when doing this. If you feel all this is too much of stress, you just want to take your dog to the vet.
b) Short-coated dogs – these ones usually take less time and effort to groom. They should be groomed daily using a slightly stiff brush. Example of a short -coated dog is the Bull Terrier.
You need to make your Puppy or Dog be used to regular grooming and examination as these are the most important activities to be known well by the dog owner. If the dog owner is not aware of the grooming, then the dog may encounter many types of diseases.
First steps of grooming consist of activities like maintenance of coat, nails and ears. Ear canals are to be checked up frequently and sterile cotton may be used for cleaning purposes.
The maintenance of the coat mainly consists of enrichment measures like proper bathing, combing, drying of skin by dryers, and more. The animal need not be bathed daily and this helps to protect the skin’s characteristics like insulation feature. Use conditioners and shampoos that are meant for dogs.
Combing needs to be carried out with a soft brush meant for use in case of dogs. There are varieties of brushes available and depending on the type of breeds, one can use the concerned brush. This grooming of the coat by a comb needs to be carried out daily and the fallen hair if any needs to be placed in dust bin always. Otherwise, when the dog owners switch on the fan, the hair will fly and may enter the nostrils of persons.