Dog pet care is like taking care of a newly adopted baby. You have responsibilities and will have to learn how to care for your Weimaraner.
The rewards of having a dog are great! However, there are a few things that you’ll need to do, in order to insure that you have a good relationship with your well-behaved dog…
What’s Involved in Dog Pet Care?
Of course you’ve heard that dog are descendents of wolves. People have been close to dogs for thousands of years, and we have trained them to be beasts of burden, hunters and guard dogs.
Today we still have dogs that work for us. They assist people who have hearing or visual losses and work with law enforcement to find lost people and sniff out illegal drugs. Amazingly, dogs can detect early cancer in people, as well.
Considering all that they do for us, we need to take special care of them.
The Essentials of Pet Care
Feeding and exercising your dog are just two of the many responsibilities that you will have with your Weimaraner dog. But, just because they are duties, it does not mean that you won’t have fun!
Dog pet care is actually lots of fun! You just have to remember that your dog is your friend, and is not imposing on you. She simply wants to spend quality time with you.
Keep in mind that, as your dog gets older, her needs will change. Also, senior dogs are more likely to develop health problems that younger dogs seldom have.
Your dog is completely dependent on you for a number of things.
Feeding your Dog
Giving your dog food every day is easy, but you need to do it routinely, at the same time every day. You’ll also need to decide on a dog diet for your Weimaraner.
Give your dog’s food and water bowls a designated place, so your dog will be comfortable knowing where they will always be found.
What kind of treats will you feed her? Will you buy them or make them? You’ll find a number of good dog treat recipes at Best Dog Treat Recipes.
Weimaraners don’t need a lot of prissy dog grooming care, but you will need to give them some attention. After a romp in the woods or fields, they will need to be checked for ticks, brushed and perhaps, bathed.
To remove shed hair, burrs, and other foreign matter, brush your dog regularly–especially after hunting or a run. When you do this, you will find parasites like ticks and fleas, cuts or injuries and any skin irritations that you might not otherwise find.
Brushing and bathing your Weimaraner are especially important during months when your dog spends lots of time outdoors, especially if he has seasonal allergies.
A timely bath also keeps mud and dirt out of your home and helps keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.
Of course you’ll need to address other grooming needs. Dogs need routine care for their eyes, ears and paws. And paying attention to symptoms like bad breath, can prevent more serious illnesses like heart disease.
Your dog needs a special personal place where he can hang out and feel safe. Whether you get him a metal crate or an attractive furniture dog crate, your dog will appreciate being able to retreat to his personal safe “den”.
Consider providing a comfortable dog bed for your pet.
Agility exercises are great fun for both of you, but your Weimaraner will need to walk or run, everyday. If you take your dog hunting regularly, she is getting lots of exercise.
Dogs that get routine exercise have improved muscle tone, metabolism and temperature control. Regular exercise also helps keep your dog’s weight in check.
While they may seem like they are just for fun, dog toys do serve a purpose. Puppy toys keep your little one occupied. They offer an alternative to chewing on your shoes and furniture.
Stuffed toys like the Snuggle puppy, comfort a new puppy who is missing him Mom and siblings.
Toys like the KONG toys, for example, provide amusement for a bored dog, in addition to exercising his gums and cleaning his teeth.
Toys like Frisbees get both you and your dog running, when you play together.
You will need to take your dog to the vet for routine checkups. This includes preventative vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and treatment for illnesses or injury.
Your dog can’t tell you when he is not feeling well. You will need to know the signs that he is under the weather or hurt. Things like the symptoms of a heat stroke.
If you have a female Weimaraner, you may need to pay attention to possible symptoms of pregnancy.
This is not simply to show your dog that you are in charge. It’s for his safety. If he gets into harm’s way, you need to be confident that he will obey you automatically. It could save his life one day.
And, if you are a hunter, you’ll want to get started early on training your dog to hunt.
Use play time to do some training, and it will be fun for both of you. Running and playing can also help your dog “let off steam” and get rid of extra pent-up energy and aggression.
Emergency Weimaraner Dog Care
Keeping your dog safe during natural emergencies is your responsibility.
And, while we don’t usually pay much attention to the possibility of natural disasters, they do happen. If you have ever been in a hurricane, tornado or experienced an earthquake, you know that you may not have a lot of time to react.
Have a plan in place for emergencies and know what you will do if you get separated from your dog.
But natural disasters are not the only emergencies in a dog’s life. Everyday emergencies like eating nasty forbidden things can give your dog an upset stomach and diarrhea.
Your Dog’s Emotional and Social Needs
Just like you, your Weimaraner has emotions. Dogs feel happy or sad, and they even grieve when they lose a family member, pet or human.
Weimaraners are particularly prone to having separation anxiety. They love to be part of the action, and they miss you when you are gone.
Bored or lonely dogs often develop behavioral problems like destroying property and sometimes even self-mutilation.
Because dogs are pack animals, they bond closely to their people. Very social by nature, your dog needs your attention. You’ll need to spend some quality time each day with your new dog.
Your Weimaraner dog will need help with learning good manners for interacting with children, adults and other dogs and cats.
Socializing a puppy is easy and fun. You’ll need to take your Weimaraner dog with you to social occasions and public places.
Practice good manners with your dog, and correct your dog gently when she is a bit rude.
Communicating with Your Weimaraner
You talk to you dog and you give him commands when you want him to do something. But did you know that your dog has ways of communicating with you? It’s important that you learn how to read your dog’s communication signals.
A tail wagging can indicate friendliness, fear or aggression. If you observe what your dog does with his tail on different occasions, you’ll learn what he is saying.
Your dog may look at you in a certain way when she wants or needs something. My dog Skipper lets us know when meal time is close or she want to go outside, simply by staring at us with that certain look…
And dogs also communicate with their ears and their hair, in addition to having different barks when they want to tell you something.
In conclusion, dog ownership carries responsibilities that should not be taken lightly. You new dog is an addition to your family and he will need to be cared for throughout his entire life.
Dogs are not a possession that you can throw away when you get tired of them. They are lifelong friends who need your love and attention. In return, they give you loving companionship and absolute loyalty.