Dogs are loving pets. But caring for them is a bit of hard work. Here are some tips to consider in taking care of your dog: 

If you do not have a dog yet, consider the area where your dog can exercise.  If you have a big yard where you could exercise or play with your dog, you  might want to get a large dog such as a German Shepherd, Labrador, or  Golden Retriever. If you have a smaller space, get a smaller dog like a  Terrier or Dachshund. These types of dogs need little exercise compared with  the larger dogs.  

You also need to consider your dog if there are children in your house. Some  dogs like Pit bulls and Dalmatians are sometimes temperamental.  

It is important that you groom your dog. A regular groom is recommended.  Dog’s ears should be cleaned, with the wax and dirt removed every week.  Ear cleaning also helps you detect presence of ear mites or infections. The  dog should be bathed weekly with warm water and dog shampoo.  

It is also recommended that you brush your dog at least once a week.  

After grooming your pet, do take it to a veterinarian to get its anti-rabies  shots and over-all checkup.  

A diet that is balanced and nutritious is recommended for your dog. Contrary  to what many people think, dogs do not just eat meat. They also need  carbohydrates. A diet consisting of 50 percent of protein or meat and 50  percent of carbohydrates is the preferred diet for dogs.  

As implied earlier, dogs need some amount exercise. Aside from their health,  dogs exercising will prevent them from retrieving and chasing, digging, and  chewing on various things. Exercises depend on your dog’s sex, age, and  health level. A dog likes to jog, fetch, and race-walk a lot. One warning  however, start slow in exercising your dog. Unfortunately, some dogs enjoy  

themselves so much when they do these exercises. They do not know when  to stop it. 

Having a dog to last you for a long time does not end with just owning one.  You have to take care of it. Although that may be hard work, it will also bring  you fun and enjoyment when you see that your dog is healthy and loves  you. Having a pet dog of your own is a pleasurable experience. 

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