10 ways to really raise a good dog
1. Start with proper training – Teach your dog basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, and come. This will help establish your leadership and build a strong bond between you and your dog.
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2. Socialize your dog – Introduce your dog to new people, animals, and environments. This will help prevent fear-based aggression and anxiety.
3. Provide a balanced diet – Feed your dog a high-quality food that meets their nutritional needs. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your dog.
4. Exercise regularly – Exercise helps keep your dog physically and mentally healthy. Take your dog for daily walks and provide plenty of opportunities for play and exploration.
5. Provide mental stimulation – Keep your dog’s mind engaged with toys, puzzles, and training exercises. This will help prevent boredom and destructive behavior.
6. Establish a consistent routine – Dogs thrive on routine and predictability. Stick to a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and training.
7. Set boundaries and stick to them – Establish clear rules and boundaries for your dog’s behavior. Be consistent in enforcing these rules to prevent confusion and reinforce good behavior.
8. Use positive reinforcement – Reward good behavior with praise, treats, or toys. This will help reinforce positive behavior and build a stronger bond between you and your dog.
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9. Maintain regular veterinary care – Keep your dog up-to-date on vaccinations, parasite prevention, and regular check-ups. This will help prevent and treat any health issues.
10. Show love and affection – Dogs are social animals and need love and attention. Show your dog affection through petting, cuddling, and playtime. This will help build a strong bond and reinforce good behavior.
Compiledby Dr Joseph Deji-Folutile
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