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How To Take Care Of A Dog

How To Take Care Of A Dog

It’s been virtually 2 years since I introduced house my candy rescue pet Charlie! When you comply with me on Instagram, you recognize I’m madly obsessive about him! I’ve LOVED canine ever since I can keep in mind. My dad was tremendous allergic to canine rising up so we might by no means have one, however I used to go to my subsequent door neighbor’s home and lay on their golden retrievers on a regular basis after faculty! I dreamt of getting my very own canine and once I noticed Charlie within the window of Vanderpump Canine it was love at first sight!

I do know so lots of you will have canine or need a canine, so I needed to share my very own private expertise with Charlie, i.e. issues I’ve discovered, meals/treats he loves, and extra. Hopefully this shall be a useful useful resource! I’m nonetheless studying and experimenting with new issues so this information will get up to date as time progresses. I’m on no account an professional – and everybody’s parenting type is totally different so once more, that is simply my very own expertise! I actually want I had a primary how-to information from somebody I trusted once I first introduced Charlie residence!!!

The place To Purchase A Canine

I’m positive lots of you’ve got heard the phrase “Undertake Don’t Store.” I do advocate – and consider in – rescuing a canine versus shopping for them in a pet retailer/from a pet mill. There are such a lot of fantastic animals which might be deserted and sitting in a rescue shelter that want a house! I rescued Charlie from Vanderpump Canine in West Hollywood. The area is equally as lovable because the canine! To be authorised for the adoption, I needed to fill out an software and FaceTime with the shelter in order that they might see my residence. I’m positive every shelter has their very own set of necessities so you’ll want to verify!

How A lot Do Canine Value?

Costs range extensively based mostly on metropolis, shelter, sort of breed, and so on. My highschool boyfriend bought his canine from a newspaper itemizing for $300. I paid $800 for Charlie from Vanderpump Canine. It actually simply relies upon. When it comes to annual prices for issues like vet visits, meals, treats, toys and drugs – I don’t know the *actual* prices I’ve paid so far, however off the highest of my head, I’d estimate it’s been about; $100/yr for meals, $250/yr for treats, toys, water bowls, leash, collar, automotive seat, mattress, and journey service, $500 for the *first yr of vaccinations/exams* (it’s lots much less after that!), $250 for an emergency vet go to as a result of Charlie ate one thing dangerous off the road that made him sick, $250 for grooming/yr, and $1200 for a tooth extraction and professional dental cleansing. That final value was INSANELY excessive and an enormous shock to me, however hopefully I gained’t ever need to pay it once more (apart from an annual tooth cleansing payment!) Charlie had a tooth develop in sideways that was inflicting a variety of issues so the vet advisable we pull it instantly. Dental work for canine is loopy costly! FYI I’m in no means making an attempt to scare anybody from getting a canine – your canine might by no means have to have a tooth pulled! It’s all the time simply good to have an emergency fund or concentrate on these sudden prices.

Pet Insurance coverage

I’ve had associates who didn’t get pet insurance coverage and wished that they had, so I signed up for it instantly. I’ve Embrace and haven’t had to make use of it but, however really feel higher understanding it’s there. Sadly most pet insurance policy don’t cowl any dental work.

Canine Meals

There are such a lot of sorts of pet food on the market. Do your analysis earlier than selecting one – many are filled with crap! I’ve given Charlie a number of totally different sorts of pet food and our favourite one is; Castor & Pollux Grain Free Natural Small Canine Breed Hen. I say “our” as a result of that is the one that’s best for me to feed him and that he truly eats. I did give him Farmer’s Pet food for a month, and he actually loved it, however the additional step of defrosting it, retaining it in a container within the fridge, and heating it up was a bit an excessive amount of work if I’m being trustworthy. Plus, I’ve heard dry meals is best for a canine’s tooth long run, so I’m sticking with Castor & Pollux for now. I do typically combine in plain white rice, hen, candy potato, scrambled eggs, coconut oil OR a bit of mashed up deal with together with his 1/2 scoop of meals within the morning and night. He will get spoiled and has come to anticipate it, which is a difficult factor…so I in all probability shouldn’t have began that within the first place, however oh properly. I used to combine somewhat little bit of this moist meals in, however it provides him diarrhea each time – poor man – so I don’t anymore. I additionally don’t give Charlie any gluten/grains. He’s allergic sadly, which I came upon after he stored breaking out in a rash when he had something with grains/gluten in it. Charlie likes to graze and doesn’t scarf his meals down in a single sitting until it’s hen. All canine are totally different that means. Charlie prefers once I sit subsequent to him whereas he eats – I feel it makes him really feel extra protected/snug? So typically I do, and typically I don’t. Many canine house owners have a set feeding schedule the place they put down the bowl and decide it up after a sure period of time, however I depart Charlie’s bowl out all day- that’s simply our fashion. He will get fed as soon as within the morning and at night time.


I like these Pure Stability treats, and these treats within the Candy Potato + Hen taste. I additionally like these Trustworthy Kitchen Hen + Cranberry treats for one thing particular each from time to time. I give Charlie 1/2 of those canine bone formed dental chews to wash his tooth (he goes loopy for them!) each different day. Some individuals wish to go the extra pure route and provides their canine plain carrot sticks to wash their tooth. I’ve tried that, however Charlie stored throwing up the carrot. My vet stated that rawhides/bones aren’t good treats or toys as a result of they’re approach too exhausting on their tooth so I don’t give Charlie something like that.


I used to drop Charlie at Dogromat in LA each different month. If I don’t have time to drop him on the groomer, or if he’s actually soiled, I give him a shower utilizing this cleaning soap. I exploit these wipes to wash his paws after we go for a stroll because the road is so soiled. I give Charlie NexGard flea drugs as soon as a month prescribed from my vet. Charlie acquired fleas a yr in the past (earlier than I knew concerning the drugs) and it was an precise nightmare. A whole lot of little black bugs crawling throughout his physique – pure HELL. I’ve heard that NexGard might be dangerous long run to canine, so it’s one thing that I have to analysis extra, however some individuals do go for a topical drugs versus oral. When you have any perception please be happy to share under! I brush Charlie’s tooth 2-Three occasions every week with this brush utilizing this toothpaste. It’s so essential to brush canine tooth, nevertheless it’s onerous and I truthfully overlook or get preoccupied. Charlie doesn’t prefer it in any respect, however I attempt to simply shortly give his tooth a brush down so he doesn’t get an excessive amount of plaque construct up.

Potty Coaching

I purchased Charlie when he was Three months previous. He wasn’t utterly potty educated and he did have a couple of accidents at my home the primary month or two, however he obtained the grasp of it actually shortly. It helped having a yard and dealing from house, as a result of I stored the door open and always reminded him and coaxed him to go outdoors – in all probability each hour and a half. I stored repeating “Let’s go potty, let’s go potty!” and “Good boy!” when he went, then rewarding him with a deal with. Charlie can now maintain it for eight hours once we sleep or journey, however I usually attempt to take him out each four hours if I can. I exploit these luggage for when he goes to the toilet. I lately acquired this patch of synthetic grass for my balcony, however he hasn’t actually gone on it but – he’s nonetheless getting used to it. If he ever has an accident or throws up, I exploit this Nature’s Miracle cleaner – it really works SO properly!


I purchased a crate for Charlie and deliberate on absolutely crate coaching him after studying about all the advantages, however I couldn’t stand listening to him cry night time after night time for a month straight. Ultimately, I gave in and let him sleep in my mattress, and I’ve by no means regretted it. He snuggles up proper subsequent to me each night time in mattress and it’s such a particular bonding time for us. He’s sooooo cuddle-y and candy, and I really like giving him kisses and stomach rubs within the morning. I can’t think about not sleeping with him – it truly is certainly one of my favourite elements of the day. He can’t get sufficient of this fuzzy blanket which I’ve had since I obtained him. It’s like his safety blanket and he feels snug and protected each time he lays on it. I just lately tossed Charlie’s canine mattress as a result of it was falling an element, however I picked it up from Petco and it seems to be just like this one!

Canine Equipment

Charlie is IN LOVE with this lamb toy. He has a number of different toys like this rope, and this bear toy, however he simply can’t get sufficient of the lambs. He shreds each single one an element and stuffing will get all over the place, however I put up with it haha. Simply watch out – they do have plastic squeakers in them which canine could possibly choke on so I all the time throw it away when he rips it out. For leashes and collars – I exploit this actually easy leash. Charlie obtained freaked out from the massive retractable leash. I feel it’s greatest should you maintain small canine shut by your aspect when strolling anyhow, so this little leash is ideal. I received his collar from Petco together with a customized identify tag with my telephone quantity on the again. I additionally received him a micro-chip by means of my vet. I exploit a harness to stroll him as a result of it’s higher for his neck. I purchased this anti-anxiety jacket for him since he will get nervous strolling typically, however it didn’t actually do an entire lot…I’ll proceed testing it although!

Touring with Canine

For those who’re flying with canine, every airline has a unique algorithm, so be sure to learn the positive print, and all the time name your airline to ask them if they’ve room on your canine/will permit your canine on board. I do know that American Airways costs a $125 payment every method in case your canine isn’t an Emotional Service Animal. You’ll have to get a licensed service for them – I acquired this one. Charlie was completely positive touring forwards and backwards from LA to NYC. He wouldn’t use the designated potty space within the airport, however ended up going proper earlier than and after we stepped outdoors the airport. He refused to drink water on the flight, however I introduced slightly water bowl anyway. I discovered the exhausting approach – to not feed him earlier than boarding a flight as a result of the movement made him throw up after we acquired off the aircraft. I extremely advocate spending somewhat extra on the *additional legroom* function as a result of it does get cramped with the service. Once I’m within the automotive with Charlie, I’ve a automotive seat for him. I used to drive with him on my lap, till I researched and realized how harmful that was! He’s been nice on lengthy street journeys and I simply make certain to let him out once I cease for fuel each four hours or so, and once more not feed him due to the movement illness.

Coaching/Basic Ideas

Regardless that I by no means grew up with a canine, and didn’t actually know what I used to be doing once I first obtained Charlie, I tailored shortly and discovered as I went. Your natural instincts do kick in if you convey residence a canine – and also you simply type of determine it out! I learn a part of Cesar Millan’s ebook, however finally put it down midway via as a result of I like my very own private parenting type. Cesar does have tons of useful ideas and I completely respect his professional opinion, however I couldn’t realistically see myself implementing a lot of the issues he recommended. Simply being trustworthy! I feel listening to your personal instinct, instincts, and way of life is vital. Every canine has such a special power although! If a canine is absolutely problematic and appearing out, then coaching in fact is a superb concept. I’m personally wanting into coaching for Charlie to adapt a bit higher to the loud noises of metropolis life, however I’ve by no means executed any formal coaching courses or packages with Charlie.

Canine actually are a (wo)man’s greatest good friend! Charlie utterly modified my life in one of the simplest ways attainable. In case you’re interested by getting a canine – I hope this publish helped make clear any questions you’ll have!

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