What you need to know before getting a big dog
A large dog is not only a great devoted friend for the whole family, but also duties and responsibilities for a pet. Before you get a large breed puppy, weigh your strengths and capabilities, evaluate the size of the apartment so that the new family member can live comfortably. Veterinarians told what else to remember.
Big dog is a sea of energy
Dogs of large breeds grow up to two years. Their growth rate can vary by breed and genetics, says behaviorist Maddie Messina. “A large or giant breed in their teens can easily get into trouble because of their size. It’s important to remember that this is not an adult dog, despite its large size,” says the expert.
You will need to be vigilant 100% of the time, especially if you have children. The puppy can eat food, chew on shoes and toys. For training large dogs, punishment is not required, says Messina. Instead, the owner will have to come up with creative management solutions to keep the dog away from things that the pet will want to chew on. writes portal Scary Mommy.
Animals need to be dealt with. Training a large breed puppy requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. “It’s important to start exercising early. A puppy needs to socialize with people and other animals to prevent aggression and anxiety while he’s small. Once your dog gets too big, strong and stubborn, learning can be difficult,” says veterinarian Lindsey Butzer. (Lindsay Butzer).
Big dog – big spending
Large breed dogs tend to require more space, exercise, and food than smaller breeds. They need space to move around and play, as well as a diet specifically designed to keep them healthy and high in energy, says Butzer.
Each breed has its own temperament, so it is important to study different breeds of dogs and choose the most suitable for your character and pace of life. It is important to remember that the dog needs his own space – a safe, fenced place where he can lie down to rest and stretch out to his full height.
Big dog – their own health problems
Large breed dogs can be prone to certain health problems such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, bloating, heart disease, and bone cancer. “It’s important to research the specific breed you’re interested in and talk to a veterinarian about any potential health issues,” advises Butzer.
The expert advises against taking a large dog for long runs or walks, as this can lead to joint problems. It is better to choose frequent games and short workouts that can tire the pet and ensure its safety.
Previously, Profile.ru called seven large dog breeds, which are distinguished by special love for the owner. Among them are the Great Dane and St. Bernard.