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Basic Dog Care Guide



Tips to Help You Care for Your New Dog
Bringing Puppy Home
Choosing an Adult Dog
Your Dog’s Health
Feeding Your Dog
Vitamins
Dog Treats and Chews
Grooming
Bathing
Housebreaking
Traveling
Dental Care
Ear Care
Play Time
A Place to Call Home
 

Tips to Help You Care for Your New Dog



Getting a new dog is a big responsibility. It requires both care and commitment to ensure your dog enjoys good health and long life. Before bringing your new friend home, there are some things you can do to make transition as easy as possible.

  • Before choosing a dog, do a little research on the different breeds and common personality traits. Homes with small children for example need dogs that are more relaxed and have even dispositions. Large dogs need more room to run so an owner who lives in a small apartment might want to reconsider getting a Shepherd or St. Bernard.
  • Food and water aren’t the only things your new dog will need. You’ll also need to set aside time each day to play with your dog. Not only is it good exercise, but it will help create a lasting bond between you both.
  • Dogs are prone to fleas and ticks so be sure to check your pet regularly for these aggressive parasites.
  • Locate a vet in your area and discuss the best foods, vitamins and flea prevention treatments for your dog. You should also ask about a heart worm prevention pill and any other special needs your dog might have.
  • Once you’ve brought your dog home, have him checked out by your vet and make sure his shots are up to date.
  • Remember, there are thousands of unwanted animals. Spay or neuter your pet.

 

Bringing Puppy Home


Puppies are fun and cute but they also require special attention and a large amount of patience. Before bringing your new puppy home, you’ll want to be sure you make the trip as stress-free as possible. A pet carrier is a safe and secure way to keep your dog comfortable during the ride home. These carriers also make great beds for young dogs and can be very useful when potty-training your pet. Your new puppy is still learning behaviors so now is the time to show him what behaviors are acceptable as well as those that are not. To help your puppy adjust to his new home, keep these things in mind:

  • Puppies need to be house-broken. And while there are a number of great tools and aides to help you with this task, understand that you’ll encounter a few “accidents” along the way. Be patient and always praise your new puppy when he does well.
  • While grown dogs require only booster shots, puppies need more. Consult your vet to be sure your puppy is on track with his vaccination schedule.
  • Your home is a new world to your puppy. As he explores, he’ll find all sorts of wonderful things to play with including your shoes, newspapers and anything else he can reach. Make sure any harmful items are placed out of puppy’s reach as well as any belongings you’d like to preserve.
  • Like babies, puppies cut teeth. Make sure your puppy has plenty of chew toys to help sooth his itchy and aching gums.
  • Put your puppy on a schedule. Repetition is the best way to help your new friend learn.


Choosing an Adult Dog



For some people, adult dogs may be a better choice. Older dogs are typically less destructive – no more chewing on your furniture – and they’ve usually already gone through the potty-training process. Adult dogs make great companions and are the perfect choice for someone who lacks the time required to train a new puppy properly.

But even though adult dogs are somewhat easier to care for, they still require the same love and attention. If you decide to purchase an older dog, be ready to spend some time getting to know your new pet. In addition to housebreaking, your dog may have received other training and likely has a set routine. Placing this dog in a new environment and introducing new schedules or expectations is stressful for the dog, regardless of age. Your dog may have a few “accidents” as he tries to deal with the stress of his new home. Make this transition time as easy as possible for your new dog by giving him lots of encouragement and comfort. Be patient as he learns the new rules and allow for an adjustment period to his new surroundings.

With just a little patience and care, you can create a safe and comforting home for your new dog.


Your Dog’s Health



To keep your dog healthy and happy, you’ll need to pay careful attention to his nutritional needs.

Just like people, nutritional needs can vary from dog to dog. Puppies for example, require more protein than an adult dog while older dogs might require foods that address a lower metabolism or prevent wear and tear on joint cartilage. Consult your veterinarian and discuss what types of food would be best for your dog. Your dog’s age, activity level and current health all affect his nutritional needs so ask questions to be sure you’re getting the right foods.

Feeding Your Dog


Immediately after bringing your new dog home, establish a location to keep his food and water bowls. Once you’ve found a spot, stick to it. Moving your dog’s feeding dishes around the house will confuse and frustrate your dog.
It’s important to make sure your dog has clean, sturdy feeding dishes at all times. Pooch Canada carries a variety of pet feeders and bowls.


Vitamins


In addition to proper nutrition, your dog also needs additional supplements to improve his health and help prevent disease.

Our dog supplements are a great way to provide a balanced mix of essential vitamins and minerals to help your dog stay healthy and happy. Our Brewer’s Yeast with Garlic provides proteins, biotin and zinc, essential for healthy skin and coat. We also carry supplements formulated specifically for senior dogs.

 

Dog Treats and Chews


Not only does your dog love treats and chews, many are essential to optimal dental health.
Want to give your dog a treat or chew?
Believe it or not, some are better than others. Pooch Canada carries a wide selection of dog treats and chews to suit dogs of all sizes and ages. Another great reason to keep chews and treats around the house is to use as a reward when training.
Dog learns quickly and a small treat for proper performance is a great way to encourage good behavior.

 

Grooming

Proper grooming and bathing are essential for a healthy and shiny coat. Dogs of all ages require regular grooming to stimulate the natural oils and remove dead skin and hair.

Unfortunately, many new dog owners find the large selection of grooming tools and aides to be overwhelming. What kind of brush should I buy? Which brand of shampoo is best? Using the wrong tools can be just as ineffective as no grooming at all so it’s important to learn which products are best suited for your dog.

Dogs with long-hair coats for example, will benefit from a long-pin style brush that features nickel-plated steel pins embedded within the rubber base. Our ball-tip bristle brushes are wonderful for dogs with sensitive skin and we also carry a selection of bristle brushes for shorter-haired dogs.

In addition to basic brushing, sometimes a little extra effort is required to maintain a healthy coat. Dog hair can sometimes become matted and, if left unchecked these tangled hair masses are perfect hiding spots for fleas, ticks and other pests and parasites. Simple mats can often be removed with a little patience and a comb. To remove unruly matted hair, you’ll need a dematter tool. Our
T-Shaped Dematting Knife from gives you maximum control while maintaining natural coat length.
 

Bathing

Giving your dog a bath can be a fun and sometimes adventurous task. Some dogs love bath time while others run for the hills. As a caring owner, your job is to make bath time as fun and relaxing as possible for your dog.

As with other dog products, there are a variety of dog shampoos and conditioners available in the market today. How can you choose the right shampoo for your dog?

Before buying a particular shampoo or conditioner, consider any special issues or concerns that are unique to your dog. A dog with dry itchy skin for example, would do better with a natural shampoo that’s contains additional conditioners and moisturizers. Shampoo that contains tea tree oil and aloe helps soothe and heal irritated skin.
 

Housebreaking

Housebreaking your new dog requires three major things: patience, patience and more patience. Your puppy wants to learn but it will take some time and understanding on your part.

One of the best ways to master the housebreaking process is known as “crate training”. By confining your pup to a small area, you discourage any accidents until you’re ready to take him outside. Visit our Dog Crates and Kennels area to find a quality dog crate that’s perfect for your pup. We also carry several training aides to help encourage the housebreaking process. For best results, keep your dog on a strict schedule and take him outside at regular intervals.
 

Traveling

Traveling with your dog can be quite an adventure but there are things you can do to keep him safe and relaxed. One of the most important aspects of traveling with your pet is to make sure he’s securely restrained so that he doesn’t bounce around inside your vehicle.

Pooch Canada has a variety of travel crates and pet carriers to give your dog a safe and comfortable way to travel. We also carry travel bags to accommodate smaller pets and must-have travel accessories to make your trip as stress-free as possible.
 

Dental Care

Just like you, your dog needs good dental care to ensure he keeps his teeth healthy and strong. Those chews and bones you’ve bought him are a good start but don’t stop there. Our dental section has a variety of items that can benefit your dog’s teeth such as biscuits, toothbrushes and yes, even toothpaste made especially for Pooch.

Regular dental care can prevent tooth decay and gum disease so make sure Pooch’s teeth get the care they deserve. Regular toothpaste is toxic to your dog so make sure you use products designed exclusively for your canine friend.
 

Ear Care

Your dog’s ears are a sensitive area and require special care when cleaning, but clean you must.

Our ear powders and ear lotions are the perfect solution to help soften and remove dirt, grime and wax buildup that can form over time. Keeping your dog’s ears clean can help prevent infections and irritations.

 

Play Time

Your new pet needs scheduled exercise and play time to help them expend energy and stay physically fit. These activities are also a perfect way to spend time with you dog and strengthen your bond.

To make sure Pooch’s play time is both safe and productive, make sure you have the proper tools. A good collar and leash will keep Pooch from running off or getting into things he shouldn’t. We also carry a variety of dog toys, ropes and balls to keep Pooch happily occupied for hours on end.
 

A Place to Call Home

Like humans, dogs enjoy having their own space so its important to designate an area that offers Pooch the comfort and security he needs. His bed or doghouse is the ideal solution so be sure to have suitable quarters to accommodate your dog. Houses and beds that are too small or uncomfortable just won’t do. Make sure Pooch’s area is large enough to fit him comfortably. Pooch Canada carries a wide variety of pet beds, pet blankets and pet pillows so you can find the perfect place for Pooch.
 

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