Here are some common questions people ask about dogs. If you have a question, you want answered leave me a message on the on the contact me form. I will keep adding to these questions. I am not a vet so consult your vet.
What is the average lifespan of a dog?
Answer: The average lifespan of a dog varies depending on its breed, size, genetics, and overall health. Generally, smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds. On average, dogs live for about 10 to 13 years, but small breeds can live into their late teens, while some larger breeds may only live 7-10 years.
How often should I feed my dog?
Answer: Most adult dogs are fed once or twice a day. Puppies, on the other hand, require more frequent meals—usually three to four times a day—until they are about 6 months old.
How often should I take my dog to the vet?
Answer: Puppies should visit the vet several times in their first year for vaccinations, check-ups, and deworming. Adult dogs should have a yearly check-up and vaccinations. Senior dogs, or dogs with health issues, might require more frequent visits.
How can I train my dog?
Answer: Training a dog requires consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. Start with basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come.” Use treats or praise as rewards. For more complex behaviors or to address behavioral issues, consider enrolling your dog in a training class or hiring a professional dog trainer.
Is it okay to give my dog human food?
Answer: While some human foods are safe for dogs in moderation, others can be toxic. Foods like chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and xylitol (a sweetener) are harmful to dogs. Always research or consult with a vet before giving your dog any human food.
Why is my dog scratching so much?
Answer: There are several reasons a dog might scratch frequently. Common causes include fleas, allergies (to food, environmental factors, or certain materials), skin infections, or other skin disorders. If the scratching is excessive, it’s a good idea to consult with a veterinarian