Congrats on your first dog. You know that this is a big responsibility so kudos on taking the time to research tips on caring for a dog. We are here to help.
Here is the ultimate guide on taking care of your new dog:
Petting your dog
You should only pet a dog that wants to be petted. Let him come to you and let him smell your hand so he knows he’s safe. Then, pet him from his head to his tail. Do not touch his mouth, paws, or belly just yet until you have bonded. Remember to be gentle. You will soon find out which parts he likes best. Your dog may even offer you his/her belly for a belly rub once he/she is comfortable.
Playing with your dog
Dogs love to play with toys. They also love to play games with us like fetch or tug-of-war. Make sure your dog is calm and isn’t feeling anxious or trapped when playing or else it can cause aggression. The toys should also be safe, and should not be able to break into small pieces that can be swallowed or choked on.
Walking your dog
The first thing you should do before walking your dog is attaching a harness and leash for his/her safety and the safety of others. You should also bring poop bags. If your dog is big and you cannot control him/her, bring an adult along.
Feeding your dog
Your parent or guardian should help you with choosing food for your dog since there are many dog food brands to choose from. You may also consult your vet if you are unsure about how much and how often you should feed your dog. Your dog should be fed from clean dog bowls, and remember to provide clean, fresh water every day.
Giving your dog a treat
Giving your dog treats is an important part of training and bonding. The best technique is using a closed hand and offering at nose level. Open your hand once the dog follows your command or is polite. Do not give the treat to a dog that is aggressive or nippy since this promotes negative behaviors,
Grooming your dog
Groom your dog from head to tail with a proper brush. When giving your dog a bath, use room temperature water with dog-safe products. You should also consider using dog-safe toothpaste to promote healthy teeth and gums.
Preventing fleas and ticks is a huge part of keeping your dog safe and healthy. Ask your vet for treatment recommendations and get the help of an adult to administer them.