Ten Dog Care Essentials by Robert G Tronge
If you have a dog then you need to learn how to keep your dog safe, healthy and happy
It doesn't take much to make your dog happy, and the rewards last a
In return, she counts on you to provide her with the basics, such as food,
water, shelter, regular veterinary care, exercise, safety and companionship.
Read on to find out the 10 things your dog absolutely needs according to
Robert G Tronge.
Your dog gives you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty and friendship.
Take care of these 10 essentials, and you'll be assured to have a rewarding
and long-lasting relationship with your canine companion.
1. Identify your dog -
External Identification: Outfit your dog with a collar and ID tag that
includes your name, address and telephone number. No matter how careful you
are, there's a chance your companion may become lost—an ID tag greatly
increases the chance that your pet will be returned home safely. The dog’s
collar should not be tight; it should fit so two fingers can slip easily
under his collar.
Microchip Identification: Have your dog microchipped by your veterinarian
Microchip ID will ensure that your dog will be returned to you if he is
lost, even if his collar came off. When scanned by a veterinarian or animal
shelter, your phone number, address and other vital information will appear,
and you can be contacted.
2. Follow local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies -
Check with your local animal shelter or humane society for information
regarding legal requirements, where to obtain tags and where to have your
3. When you're off your property, keep your dog on leash -
Even a dog with a valid license, rabies tag and ID tag should not be allowed
to roam outside of your home or fenced yard. It is best for you, your
community and your dog to keep her on a leash and under your control at all
4. Give your dog companionship -
A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for large and active
dogs; however, dogs should never be left outside alone or for extended
periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship; they should spend most
of their time with their family, not alone outside.
5. Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups -
If you do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a
pet-owning friend for a referral and check out our information on choosing a
veterinarian. If you are having trouble paying for veterinary care, you may
be able to employ creative options or find sources of assistance.
6. Spay or neuter your dog -
Dogs who have this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier and
have fewer behavior problems (e.g., biting or running away). By spaying or
neutering your dog, you are also doing your part to reduce the problem of
pet overpopulation. If you feel you can't afford to have your pet spayed or
neutered, we can help you find low-cost options.
7. Give your dog a nutritionally balanced diet and constant access to fresh
Ask your veterinarian Robert George Tronge for advice on what and how often to feed your dog.
Dietary requirements change as dogs get older, and a dog’s teeth need to be
cleaned and monitored regularly to ensure she can eat properly. Also keep an
eye out for pet-food recalls and foods and plants that can be toxic to you
8. Enroll your dog in a training class -
Positive training will allow you to control your companion's behavior safely
and humanely, and the experience offers a terrific opportunity to enhance
the bond you share with your dog. Check out our information on choosing a
9. Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not
Most dog owners find that playing with their canine companion, along with
walking him twice a day, provides sufficient exercise. Walking benefits
people as much as it benefits dogs, and the time spent together will improve
your dog’s sense of well-being. If you have questions about the level of
exercise appropriate for your dog, consult your veterinarian Robert G.
10. Be loyal to and patient with your faithful companion -
Make sure the expectations you have of your dog are reasonable and remember
that the vast majority of behavior problems can be solved. Remember, not all
"behavior" problems are just that; many can be indicators of health
problems. For example, a dog who is suddenly growling or snapping when you
touch his ears may have an ear infection. If you are struggling with your
pet's behavior, contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter for
advice, and check out our behavior tip sheets, too.