Those of us who have a dog appreciate what wonderful animals they are, faithful, loving and a joy to have around, until of course they chew up your slippers, but little things like that we can laugh about and forgive. Your dog worships you and the ground you walk on, and in exchange for that unconditional love, we owe him a sense of duty to ensure we are looking after his wellbeing, to the best of our ability. The dog is unable to tell you directly what he does like, doesn’t like, or even if he is feeling unwell, so it is important we understand what to look for and how to properly care for him.
Giving your dog the right food is probably the most important thing in relation to his overall care, which means giving him a balanced and nutritious diet that they can easily digest. Every aspect of your dog, from his weight, his teeth, the shine in his eyes and the gloss of his coat depends on what you feed him. Your average dog is a fearful scrounger, able to use those deep brown eyes to open the heart, and the cookie jar, to get a few extra nibbles. People food on the whole is not good for dogs, especially those containing sugar, so try to keep such treats to a minimum and give him a proper dog treat when he starts the begging routine. Raw diets are very nutritious and suitable for most dogs, but try to avoid meats that are too fatty. Commercial pet food is good in moderation, but keep an eye out for, and try to avoid those that contain preservatives. Your dog has taste buds too and will get bored with the same dinner every day, so mix it up a bit to provide variety.
Your dog needs exercise and plenty of it. Exercise is good for him and good for you too, so pick up the lead and get him out there often. Dogs like variety, so try to take a different route as much as possible, and try to find some open spaces where he can have a good run around. The more exercise he gets, the more likely he is to live a long life.
After the first visit to the vet, when he gets jabbed with a few needles, the vet will probably figure fairly low on the list of places the dog wants to go, but it is important that he gets a check-up regularly, as he is unable to tell you about problems he is experiencing, but routine checks can spot issues before they become a major and expensive problem. Pet insurance in Australia can provide cover for pretty much any eventuality and is a very good idea, to avoid any really nasty bills if he gets sick or is involved in an accident.
Your dog loves you and he loves to be loved back, so make sure he knows regularly how much you care for him. He also loves stimulation and challenges, so even when he gets older, keep bringing him new things to do, so his mind stays as active as his body.