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Healthy Is Happy For Your Dog

Updated on August 4, 2017



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Healthy is happy for your dog the easy way !

First day

We have made the decision ! Yes ! We are going to get a new family member. A sweet little puppy dog. We have decided on the breed or some of us don't really care about breed and just want a friend /companion. We have done everything and the great day has arrived and we are so excited.We are handed this chubby bundle. Sometimes it may be full of happy licking all over your face or it may be pulling away. Whichever ! it is your responsibility now.


He or she needs lots of sleep and a quiet place. If you have kiddies around the house please ration the time for them to play with pup. Do involve them with the feeding and cleaning programme. As soon as pup has eaten she/he should be put outside for a while and so pup will quickly realise that it is normal to do his 'stuff' outside that you won't even notice it has happened,after maybe 4 to 8 days. The first couple of nights you may wish to have the newcomers bed next to yours in order to keep half an eye on it but really it is much easier to keep it downstairs in your chosen spot for it.


It will be a lifelong lesson for you and pup to have him /her slightly independent of you in the early days. I always leave some quiet music on, and cuddly jumpers, then place him away from the door and draughts.

Teach a return

After a few days when pup is familiar with the new family try to place a light lead around him/her ,only in your presence; let pup walk around with you like this and soon it will not mind you actually walking him /her on the lead. ( you may be so happy that you followed this instruction when pup is mature and a ' happy to return to you ' dog).


When giving him/her food always remove after he has finished what is required-don't want a faddy eater ! At this age maybe 4/5 small portions daily- remember to take pup out for his'stuff'. Goes without saying to always have clean water.Some complete food is very salty and can cause indigestion in the dog with symptons like hiccups,drooling. if you do decide to use complete food then, in order to prevent pup getting hiccups, and other things, pour cold water on the food about 1 hour previous.

Biscuits & other things

Many dog biscuits are full of additives which are bad for dogs so be very vigilant on anything containing aspartame, which is so dangerous for animals re. liver damage.

Human biscuits are even more dangerous if they contain the artificial sweetener called XYLITOL which may be in chewing gum,cakes,biscuits ,muffins and other human foodstuff. One muffin can have serious results!Other things that maybe most people know of as being bad are chocolate,onions,raisons,grapes,sharp cooked bones i.e chicken and SUGAR,SUGAR.


These days Diabetes is on the increase in dogs and maybe the commonest disease in dogs today.The good news is vegetables which can ,mostly, be added to the dog food whatever your choice , it may be complete food,tinned food or raw food.

Nice to swim

Most dogs are at their happiest when swimming !

It is the very best exercise for them. Caution though ! Avoid getting water in the base of the ear,very difficult I know ! Their ear protectors on the market but I have no experience of them.


With time and good training, one would never have to cruelly punish a dog with the use of any kind of electric collar, which I believe is rightfully banned in the u.k. after all we do love our dogs,don't we .

Some people,who don't even have dogs,advocate the use of electric and battery collars and other implements of control of which I think are so very cruel and all they will do is to encourage nervousness in an animal.

For the larger and high energy breed, training from a very early age is essential ,for very soon they will be big, and strong,maybe stronger than you !


Months have gone by maybe 12 and your dog is fine but sometimes a little naughty. it must be remembered that a tired dog is a good dog ! You do not want a bored dog that is always in mischief in the house, through lack of company ,and exercise.

Exercise is so very important !


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    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      James, I try to always look for the things I have in common with somebody and hope(I am an Optimist) that they may change some of the sad ideas they have !

      thanks for reading ,

      regards from jandee and best to doggies .(you do have a heart)

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      James A Watkins 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      Very good article. I love my doggies. At least we have that in common. :D


    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Peg, thanks for that ! It is hard to say no to their Big Beautiful eyes beseeching us, isn't it !jandee

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Jandee, These are great directions for proper care of a new canine family member. I didn't know about the asparatame sweetner being dangerous. Auntie loves to share her coffee with Fritz who begs for his portion. I'll tell her about this. Thanks for the good info. I just love the face of your pup. Peg

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Tony hello ,thanks for cassie comp.-never alone with him,can't walk 5 mins.without somebody stopping for a kiss-him not me,jandee

    • tonymac04 profile image

      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great Hub - thanks so much. Too many people take on pets without understanding all the implications of the resonsibilities they thereby incur.

      Cassie is gorgeous!

      Love and peace


    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello micky,imagine having a horse -like 'pancho'.......thanks Micky

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Exercise is so important for us all, people included. Great post dear jandee!

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Doug, what a lucky chap eh! Hope you put a picture of it on, so we can see it! Thanks from jandee

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi jandee,

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.

      I now look forward to reading more of your work

      Take care


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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      Wise words Jandee. Getting a puppy soon so your advice surely helps and reminds me of a few key points.

    • justom profile image


      7 years ago from 41042

      There you go. Gotta' love that face :-D

    • jandee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hi! Justom, you beat me to it ! Just put a pic on. Thanks from jandee

    • justom profile image


      7 years ago from 41042

      Good hub about dogs. Why no pix of yours? Peace!! Tom


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