You and your dog can develop a really tight bond, the longer you and the dog are together, the stronger the bond will be.
Dogs can help us in many different ways. Some people get a dog because they are lonely and need a loyal friend or because they want a doggy to protect the home. A dog that is taken good care of and given attention to regularly will give his life to help protect his home and his owner. To blind people, dogs can become an extra set of eyes that help them navigate the world.
The greatest dog care issue you face is giving your dog a healthy dog food. The majority of us believe we understand what healthy nutrition means, but we really do not have a clue. This is because major dog food companies are so good at marketing to us. If you'd like to learn about the foods that are truly healthy for your dog, you have to take some time and do some research. Do not trust the marketing. Find a good source of unbiased information and go with that.
The second thing you need to know about taking care of a dog is that they need lots of exercise. This goes for both small and big dogs. Most of them should be taken outside about once every eight hours or so and or given a twenty minute walk to answer the call of nature.
Another crucial thing is to regularly play with your doggy. This could be playing a game of fetch, going to the park, wrestling or throwing the ball, just be sure not to get too rough with your dog. Playing with the dog for a half hour a day, is not only good for the dogs physical health but a dig that is played with regularly is mentally healthier and less likely to become a depressed dog, it also lowers your blood pressure as well and it will form an unbreakable bond between you and your pooch, which will extend to your family if you should start having one after having the doggy.
The dog food you give them is extremely important to keeping your doggy healthy. The better foods will be marked for what groups the food is appropriate for. Dogs that are young need specific minerals and vitamins in greater doses then adult dogs, older dogs also need more vitamins such as calcium to strengthen their old bones. Letting your doggy eat the wrong dog food may hamper your dog's growth and makes it much more likely that your dog will have health issues that require surgery when it is older.
Same as any of us, your dog needs to be taken to see the veterinarian about every six months or so and should get the suggested yearly shots. Routine vaccinations as well as visits will ensure your dog lasts happy and grows old.