NOSE to TAIL LIFE WITH A DOG
by Adele Wiejaczka
NOSE to TAIL LIFE WITH A DOG
by Adele Wiejaczka
“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A water– logged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” —John Grogan Marley and Me
BASIC CARE A dogâ€™s life centers around their master. It is up to a dog owner to fully take care of their dog on a daily basis. Some activities need to take place every day, while other dog needs happen less frequently. It is important to remember that being a dog owner is a full time job.
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FEEDING A dog’s life centers around food. They watch anxiously as food is prepared, willing to do any trick that stands in their way. Enthusiasm is determined by quantity, not quality, and more is always better. Why exactly are dogs “man’s best friend?” Because man feeds them. Despite a dog’s interest solely in the quantity of food they receive, nutritional value is very important. Highly active dogs require a high amount of protein and fat, especially during the colder months. Particular vitamins help keep a dog’s fur coats and nails sleek and hydrated.
Water bowl Food bowl Dog kibble Scoop Canned dog food Mixing spoon
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EXERCISING Dogs of all types, sizes, and ages need to be exercised regularly. This varies based on the breed, but can provide dogs with a release for excess energy, preventing destructive behavior. It is important to choose a dog breed that is appropriate for your personal activity level. Running shoes Dog toy Kong Dog treat Leash Whistle Dog collar
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OWNER DISCRETION It is up to each individual dog owner how they go about interacting with their dog beyond the basic dog needs. Dogs enjoy and need to play, either with other dogs or people. There are also hygienic needs that take place occasionally. Owners and dogs will be the happiest when a routine is developed and maintained.
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PLAY Playing with your dog builds a strong bond between human and animal. It is an effective way for both of you to relax and have some fun. Studies show that owning a pet reduces blood pressure and increases quality of life.
Sunglasses Baseball cap Bell collar Dog tire toy Dog bone Chew toy Dog biscuit Leaf Watch
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Water basin Soapy water Bristle brush Dog brush Bar soap Hair collector Dog comb
BATHING Dogs only need to be bathed periodically. It is important to use dog friendly soaps and shampoos so their skin does not get dried out. Many dogs will not like water, especially at first, so take the time to get them acquainted slowly.
Liquid soap Dog towel
DRIVE Many dog owners take their pets with them in vehicles. This can be a great way to spend time with your dog, but it also requires training them to avoid anxiety when you leave them alone in the car. Dog bed Seat belt buckle collar Electric collar controller Dog biscuit Car keys Key chain
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BAD DOGS Dogs are only dogs after all. Sometimes they can cause trouble and chaos. This comes with being a dog owner and should be anticipated to happen at some point. Learning to correctly discipline your dog will help them to learn boundaries and proper behavior.
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TROUBLE Dogs can have a habit of getting themselves into trouble. Sometimes it is because they don’t clearly understand their role and other times it is just because they are mischievous. It is important to teach your dog boundaries and reward them when they do act correctly. It is also very important to properly socialize them so they do not develop destructive behaviours such as separation anxiety. It can be fun to spend all your time with your first dog, but you need to teach them that you will be away at times. Crate training your puppy is a great way to help them learn boundaries and correct behavior.
“Every dog is a lion at home”
Dog constraint fence Dog leash
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SICK Your dog will surely need a trip to the veterinarian’s office at some point in your life together. They might just get sick or eat something bad for dogs. They might get in a fight with another dog or get hit by a car. Always have a veterinarian’s phone number on hand and a plan for action in case one of these situations arises.
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Thermometer Vet leash Ace bandage Cash money Rabies ID tag Nail cutters Dog health certificate Dog supplements
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RESTRAINT Choker collar Dog jacket Dog booties Cable chain Dog Bowl Beware sign Chew bones Tie out
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Sometimes you might need to restrain your dog in one way or another. You can place them on an outside run or put them in a crate. Be sure that your dog is prepared for the outdoor elements if placed outside. Dog jackets or booties can help. Special collars are available for walking dogs that do not heel well.
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NEVER ENDING True dog care is never ending. Before you embark on the process of getting a dog, remember that it requires a daily commitment to successfully raise and take care of a dog. It is important to have dog sitters available and enough money saved so you can provide for your dog.
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CASCADING BOOK #1 ÂŠ 2012 Adele Wiejaczka All rights reserved Academy of Art University MFA Graphic Design GR 601 Type Systems Professor Lian Ng Photographs by Adele Wiejaczka Typefaces DIN Software Illustrator CS6, Indesign CS6, Photoshop CS6 Printed and bound by Blurb