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Large dogs are excellent guard dogs and great companions for life. However, they do require a bit of extra care. Animals aren’t objects which you can discard if they prove difficult to take care of. This article will highlight the needs of dog breeds and how to meet them.
- Food – Large dogs require more from you than your finances when it comes to their diet. Each dog is different, which means that each dog’s diet is different. You must visit the vet so that you can receive advice as to what the best diet plan for your buddy is. Your dog’s diet will change as he/she gets older. The food you give your dog should also change depending on which stage of life your dog has reached. An example of this is giving a puppy food which is chock full of calcium as well as protein as he/she will experience rapid growth throughout the first couple months of his/her life.
- Exercise – Most large dogs have oodles of energy to spare. This is because most large dog breeds were bred to be working dogs, hunt, pull carts, and so on in the past. If you take on the responsibility of taking care of a large dog breed, making sure he/she gets regular exercise is a part of the deal. You should take your dog out for plenty of walks and give him/her many opportunities to run, jump, and chase. In addition to this, giving them toys to take their focus away from your clothes and furniture is a must.
- Training – A large dog is capable of hurting you as well as other people. It is vital that you train and socialize your dog when he/she is a puppy so that he/she will listen to your commands. Train your dog to walk on a loose leash, lie down, stay, sit, and behave calmly around other dogs and people. In addition to having a well-behaved dog, training your dog in this way will tell your dog that you are the master. Your dog must be submissive to you because of how strong he/she is. If your dog doesn’t listen to you, you won’t be able to stop him/her from hurting someone else.
- Visits to the vet – Regular visits to the vet are important regardless of how large your dog is. You should make it a priority to visit the vet at least once or twice a year. Older dogs must visit the vet twice a year so that potential issues can be detected early. Older dogs also have different needs than younger dogs. Your vet will be able to give you advice as to which supplements and medicines you should give your dog.
If all the above seems like too much work, a large dog breed may not be for you. However, if you’re willing to put the work in, they can be very loyal and hardworking companions.