Basic Dog Care
Man's best friend. They will love you and protect you no matter what. Here are the basics you need to know to care for your new dog.
- Give them fresh water daily
- Puppies 8 – 12 weeks old need four meals a day
- Puppies 3 – 6 months old need three meals a day
- Puppies 6 months – one year need two meals a day
- Puppies should be fed puppy food because it has the vitamins they need for healthy growth
- Dogs older than one year can get one meal a day
- Premium-quality dry food provides a well-balanced diet for adult dogs and may be mixed with water, broth or canned food
- Don't feed them too much human food, but they might enjoy cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables from time to time.
- DO NOT FEED DOGS: Chocolate (this is toxic for all dogs and could kill them), alcohol, bacon and fatty meat, salty foods, garlic, onions, milk, cheese, ice cream, candy, gum, peanut butter, bread, grapes or raisins.
Dogs are active, roaming creatures that need exercise daily. Many bad behaviors that drive us crazy (like barking too much, aggression, or chewing) can be solved with exercise. Take your dog on a walk at least once a day, or take them to the beach to run and play.
Indoor or outdoor, your dog should have an area dedicated as his own space, such as a kennel, crate, or bed. Keep in mind it is inhumane to keep your dog leashed or in a crate all of its life, even though it may be easier for you. It often damages them psychologically as well as physically since they aren't able to move freely.
If your dog lives outside, make sure they has access to shade, shelter from rain and flooding, and plenty of cool, clean water. Don't forget to give them plenty of love and attention since they are isolated from your family. They are part of your family too, even though they run on four legs.
Dogs thrive on structure and discipline. A well-behaved dog is a joy, but an untrained dog will cause nothing but trouble. Teaching your dog the basics like ”Sit,” “Stay,” “Come,” “Down,” “Off” and “Leave it." It will improve your relationship with both your dog and your neighbors. If you have a puppy, start teaching them as soon as possible. Use little bits of food and positive reinforcement as a reward.
If your dog lives inside, you'll want them trained to go potty outside. There are various ways you can teach them that, but keep in mind, the process can take months. Be patient with them and try not to scold them when they have accidents inside the house. Here is how you can housetrain your dog:
- Keep your puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take away his food between meals.
- Take them out to pee first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour. Also, always take them outside after meals or when they wakes from a nap. Make sure they go out at night before it's time to sleep.
- Take the puppy to the same spot each time to do their business. Their scent will prompt them to go.
- Stay with them outside, at least until their house trained.
- When your puppy eliminates outside, praise them or give them a treat. A walk around the neighborhood is a nice reward too.
- If you are struggling you can always try crate training. Put your dog in a crate to rest. When they are ready to come out, take them IMMEDIATELY outside to pee. Wait until they do and reward them when they are done. Once they've done their business, they can have freedom in the house. Then you can put them in the crate again for a couple of hours. Keep in mind: This is only for training them to pee outside. Being locked in a crate all day for the rest of their lives is not a lifestyle for a dog to have.
There are many diseases in Bali. To keep your dog healthy and safe, be sure to vaccinate your dog according to the vet's schedule. Having a vaccinated dog will protect your dog, any dogs that come in contact, and your family.
Keep an eye on your dog, their activity levels, and their feces to determine their health. If they are not eating, vomiting, or having diarrhea, take your dog to the vet. Read our article on Dog Health to learn more.
It only takes 2 seconds for your pup to sneak out from your house. There are already hundreds of thousands of homeless, suffering animals in Bali. Sterilizing your dog not only helps the island's overpopulation problem, but it can help your dog's health too. Read more about why sterilizing is good for your dog here.
That's it for the basics! They will love you forever for your gentleness, patience, and food! Good luck!