TIPS FOR RAISING A LARGE BREED DOG
Dogs of all shapes and sizes can find their way into a loving home, but if your four-legged friends have big paws (and big hearts) then you’ll need to take different steps when raising and caring for them. Large breeds can be wonderfully big balls of fluff or short-haired muscle machines, and no matter the breed require a different set of knowledge when handling in the home and in public. Whether a Great Dane, Newfoundland, Mastiff, or Mutt, dogs over 50 pounds are typically considered large breeds. Keep reading for tips on keeping large breeds healthy and happy!
There’s nothing like coming home to loveable dog, and if you’re coming home to a large breed there’s plenty of love and kisses to go around! The bigger the dog the bigger the grooming job, so it’s important to be aware of best large breed grooming practices. If bathing your dog at home, ensure the bath tub or shower area is large enough to accommodate our pet and doesn’t pose any safety hazards. Once the bathing is underway, keep treats nearby for positive reinforcement. If your large breed pet has long hair don’t forget to brush them regularly and take them to the professional groomer for haircuts as needed. Professional groomers can also be a great option for bathing as well!
Smaller dogs have shorter legs so they can pack in more steps in a smaller area. However large breeds, when healthy, can require more exercise and/or more space to stretch their legs. Once your large breed pet is socialized and properly vaccinated, dog parks can be a great option. If your pup is a pro on leash, public parks are a great opportunity for exercise as well. As with any dog, regular exercise and a good diet are vital for longevity. As your dog ages it’s important to see the vet regularly, as large breeds tend to have more issues with joints and heart disease than smaller breeds. So long as your gentle giant is cleared for exercise, keep them active outside so they don’t feel compelled to be overly active inside!
The health of all pets is a priority, and large breeds come with a special set of needs. Consult with your veterinarian to ensure proper timing on spaying/neutering, and what large breed dog foods are best for your pet. As mentioned earlier, joints and healthy hearts are also items to keep an eye on when raising a large breed. Most importantly, take your time before bringing a large breed dog into your home. They are wonderful gifts but require a great deal of time and attention so be sure it’s a good time for you and your family to welcome a big bundle of love into your home.
It’s A Dog’s World K9 Academy offers many opportunities for large breeds to advance their training and socialization. We offer board & train and day training with Vinjon’s Kennel, and even a “Yappy Hour” for large breeds – perfect for puppies and older dogs! Visit www.ItsADogsWorld.biz for more information.