Before You Bring Your Dog Home
You will need food, water and food bowls, leash, collar, training crate, brush, comb and canine chew toys.
Keep your dog on a leash when you are outside, unless in a secured (fenced-in) area. If your dog defecates on a neighbour’s lawn, footpaths or any other public place, please clean it up.
Puppies 8 to 12 weeks old need four meals a day. Puppies three to six months old need three meals a day. Puppies six months to one year need three meals a day. When your dog is one year old, two meals a day . For some dogs (such as larger ones or those prone to bloat), it’s better to continue to feed three smaller meals.
Puppies should be fed a high-quality brand-name puppy food (avoid generic brands) two to four times a day. Please limit “people food,” however, because it can cause puppies to suffer vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems and may cause very picky eating habits, as well as obesity. Have clean, fresh water available at all times. Wash food and water dishes frequently.
Every dog needs daily exercise for mental and physical stimulation. The proper amount depends on the breed type, age and health status of your dog.
Providing enough exercise will improve your dog’s health and prevent household destruction and other behavior problems common in under exercised dogs.
You can help keep your dog clean and reduce shedding by brushing her frequently. Check for fleas and ticks daily during warm weather. Most dogs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before bathing, comb or cut out all mats from the coat. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to soap residue.
You will need to provide your pet with a warm, quiet place to rest away from all drafts and off of the floor. A training crate is ideal. You may wish to buy a dog bed, or make one out of a wooden box. Place a clean blanket or pillow inside the bed. Wash the dog’s often. If your dog will be spending a great deal of time outdoors, you will need to provide her with shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather and a warm, dry, covered shelter when it’s cold.
Walking without a leash
The most common complaint is ‘ My dog will not come to me when he is off the leash’
It is a good idea to let your dog off the leash in a secured safe area when out for your walks. It is against the Spanish law to allow your dog off a leash in towns and public area,s.
Of course make certain the area is safe and that there are no vehicles or children running around.
It is a good idea to take treats with you and every few minutes to call the dog back to you for a treat. By doing this the dog soon learns that it is a great pleasure to come back to you and that by coming back to you it is not
the end of the walk.
When you decide to go home always put the leash on the dog in a different place, otherwise dogs soon learn that ‘This is the end of the walk’ and they will not come backTry it it works.