Caring for Your Dog – How to Choose the Best Dog Food
Today, humans have successfully bred over 400 kinds of different dog breeds. The most popular of which, are non-pedigree or mixed breeds. Experts say dogs have been domesticated for around 20,000 years! Man’s best friend really has been around a long time! So, let’s talk about the best dog food for your new Toy Australian Shepherd!
It’s estimated that to own a small dog (toys, license, veterinary care and license) will cost you around $420 annually. You can add a little more to that if you want to own a medium sized dog-$620. Go big or go home eh? Well that large canine will run in the neighborhood of $780 annually.
Toy Australian Shepherd puppies ranging from 8-12 weeks old will need 4 meals a day. Puppies ranging 3-6 months old need 3 meals a day. Puppies 6 months- 1 year old feed 2 meals a day. It is better to feed larger dogs two smaller meals instead of one large meal to reduce bloating.
The best dog food to choose is, of course the Premium variety as this provides the best nutrition for your canine. You may also choose to mix in water, canned food or broth. Cooked eggs, cottage cheese and fruit may be served to your dog as well but these should never make up more than 10% of your dogs daily nutrition.
The best dog food for puppies is a high-quality brand name food that specifically states it is for puppies. Try not to allow your pups human food as this could lead to picky eating, nutritional imbalances and growth problems. It’s also common sense to make sure there is always clean, fresh water available for your dog at all times. You could try something like this American Naturals product, conveniently available in a 40lb bag from Amazon. There are a huge number of options – but try to keep it Natural!
Make time for your dog to get plenty of exercise! Exercise will keep your dog burning calories, stimulate their mind and improve health and life span. We all know what happens when your dog gets bored…. he turns to digging up your yard, tearing up that new couch and running away with your underwear as you chase him. Letting your dog out will release energy and stop him from getting bored. So play some fetch or go for a run with your dog, it’s an excuse to go burn off those extra calories!
Individual exercise needs vary based on breed, sex, age and level of health—but a couple of walks around the block every day and ten minutes in the backyard won’t cut it for your dogs needs. If your dog is a 6- to 18-month adolescent, or if she is an active breed or mixed-breed from the sporting, herding, hound or terrier groups, be ready to do some running! Their exercise needs are high.Tired of having all that unwanted hair on your couch? Daily grooming will help reduce your dog’s shedding drastically! Always remember to check for ticks and fleas daily in the warmer months. Believe it or not, most dogs only need bathed a couple times a year! Before you give a bath, cut or comb out all the mats from the coat. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure you thoroughly rinse out your dog’s coat of soap-leaving residue behind will leave sticky spots for dirt to get stuck to!
Little guys, or what we also call “lap dogs” are fairly simple to handle. Just place a supporting hand under the belly and use your forearm to support the hind legs area. We’ve all seen the people who pick up puppies from the excess skin behind the neck area. This however should never be done nor should lifting your dog by the legs or tail (Youch!).
Make sure your canine has a nice warm and quiet place to rest, away from any drafts and don’t leave him to just sit on the floor. You can buy a dog bed or craft one yourself, just make sure to lay a blanket in it and wash it often. If your dog spend a lot of time outside, always be sure he has access to water and a shady place to cool off in hot weather. Vice versa in the colder weather, make sure there is access to covered, warm and dry shelter.