Raising dogs, in particular taking care of the ariegeois, is nothing new for humans across the world. Zoologists theorize dogs were first domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and twenty five thousand years ago—and that all dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, people have selectively bred more than four hundred different breeds, which vary in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest dog. But the most widespread dogs are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The ariegeois is also a popular pick among dog owners. Some owners are misinformed, however, of some critical ariegeois care tips.
Health care cost for the ariegeois
The yearly budget for caring for the ariegeois—to include nutrition and treats, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between $420 and $780. This figure doesn’t include capital expenses for spay/neuter surgery, a collar and leash, dog carrier and dog crate. Note: Be sure you have all your supplies before you bring your ariegeois home for the first time.
Typical ariegeois Care
ariegeois Feeding Routine
- ariegeois pups between eight and twelve weeks old need four meals in a 24 hour period.
- Feed ariegeois puppies three to 6 months old three meals every 24 hour period.
- Feed pups 6 months old to one year two bowls of food every 24 hours.
- When your ariegeois makes her first birthday, one meal in a 24 hour period is typically sufficient.
- Many times adult ariegeoiss might do better with two lighter helpings. It’s your responsibility to adapt to your ariegeois’s eating habits.
High-quality dry dog food ensures balanced nutrition for grown ariegeoiss and may be mixed with water, canned food, or broth. Your ariegeois may also love cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these additions should be less than ten percent of his daily meal intake. ariegeois puppies must be fed premium-quality, brand-name puppy food. You should try to cut down on “people food”, however, because it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems, and might result in some very finicky food choices and obesity. Clean, fresh water should be available exclusively, and be sure to wash food and water bowls frequently.
ariegeois Care Tips: Your ariegeois needs physical activity daily
ariegeoiss need some exercise in order to stay in shape, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. Daily exercise also really helps ariegeoiss avoid boredom, which would often lead to destructive behavior. Getting out can quench most of your ariegeois’s instinctual urges to herd, dig, chase, retrieve and chew. Individual exercise needs will depend on your ariegeois’s age and his or her level of health—but ten minutes in back of the house and a couple of walks around the block every day probably will not suffice. If your ariegeois is a six to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will probably be a little greater.
ariegeois Grooming Tips
Regular brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your ariegeois clean. Inspect for ticks and fleas every day during warm weather. Many ariegeoiss don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Prior to a bath, comb or cut out any and all mats from the ariegeois’s coat. Rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap.
Handling Your ariegeois
Pups are obviously the easiest to handle. To carry the ariegeois puppy, take one of your hands and place it under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting his back legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your pup by his or her forelegs, tail or nape. When you need to pick up a bigger, full-grown ariegeois, pick it up from underneath, bracing his chest with 1 of your arms and rump with the other arm.
ariegeoiss need a comfy peaceful location to relax away from all drafts and away from the ground. You may wish to think about purchasing a dog bed, or make one out of a wood box. Put a clean comforter, blanket, sheet, or pillow in the bed for cushioning. Wash the ariegeois’s bed covering frequently. If your ariegeois will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make certain he has access to plenty of cool water and shade in the summer, and a dry, warm, covered area in winter.
Licensing and Identification for ariegeoiss
There are licensing rules to heed in your area. Be sure you connect the license to your ariegeois’s collar. This, together with an ID tag or tattoo, could help you recover your ariegeois should she go missing.
ariegeois Temperament Info
Thoughts on ariegeois Training
A well-mannered, companion ariegeois can be a joy to own. But when untrained, your dog will most likely be a big headache. Training your ariegeois on the standards—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—bolsters the relationship both with the pooch and the family. If you’re the owner of a pup, begin teaching him or her the right responses immediately! Little bits of food can be used as incentive and recognition. Puppies can begin obedience courses when they have been sufficiently immunized. Contact your community humane society or SPCA for details about training courses. You should always keep your ariegeois on a leash when, even as a puppy. Just be positive your ariegeois will come to you when you tell her to. An aggressive or disobedient ariegeois shouldn’t be allowed to play with children.
Knowing Your ariegeois’s Health
ariegeoiss should visit the vet for a complete exam, immunizations and heartworm test every single year, and ASAP when he is injured or ill.
Knowing Your ariegeois’s Dental Health
Although we may object to our ariegeois’s halitosis, it’s important to be aware of what it might be telling us. Foul-smelling breath is a symptom that your ariegeois should get an oral examination. Plaque brought on by unhealthy bacteria creates a terrible odor that can only be cured with the help of a professional. After you give your ariegeois a professional dental cleaning, the teeth and gums may be maintained in a healthy state by eliminating table food, feeding a special diet focused on maintaining dental health, and brushing regularly. The vet can show you additional tips on mitigating oral problems as well as stinky breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your ariegeois’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often affects ariegeoiss. This troublesome affliction will sometimes cause tooth loss and cause infection throughout her body. The vet can sometimes clean her teeth as a regular part of your ariegeois’s health checkup.
Although dental disease in and of itself is not that serious when caught early, bad breath may indicate serious, long-term causes for concern. A fruity, even pleasant smell may sometimes be a sign of diabetes, while intestinal or liver diseases may cause foul breath. When your ariegeois’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease may be the cause. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your ariegeois has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
Fleas and Ticks in ariegeoiss
In the summer, it’s important for you to perform daily inspections of your ariegeois for fleas and ticks. Use a flea comb to remove and find fleas. There are several new techniques of tick mitigation. Talk to your vet about his recommendations.
ariegeoiss With Heartworm Issues
The heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart and is passed from a contaminated dog to your ariegeois by way of mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations are known to be fatal. It is wise to make sure your ariegeois takes a blood test for heartworms every single spring—this is important to catch infestations from the earlier year. It’s also wise to give your ariegeois a once-a-month pill throughout the course of mosquito season in order to protect her from heartworms. Your ariegeois should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some locations, usually the regions with hotter temperatures, where the veterinarians recommend worm pills be given all the time.
Medications and Poisons
Never give your ariegeois medicine that has not been prescribed by a vet. Just one ibuprofen tablet is known to create stomach ulcers in ariegeoiss. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your ariegeois. When you think that your doggie has consumed a toxin, notify your vet or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 24 hrs. per day for instructions.
Neutering and Spaying ariegeoiss
It is recommended that female ariegeoiss be spayed—which is the extraction of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by 6 months old. You can significantly reduce your female ariegeois’s breast cancer risk by spaying before adulthood. Spaying also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, a traumatic problem in more mature females that demands surgery and intensive medical care. Prostate diseases, testicular cancer, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias are preventable by neutering males.
- ariegeois pups should be innoculated with a combination shot (called the “5-in-one”) at two, 3 and 4 months old, and then once per year. This shot protects your puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The ariegeois puppy’s immunization regimen cannot be completed prior to four months of age.
- If your ariegeois has not been innoculated and is older than 4 months, she will need two vaccinations immediately, two to three weeks apart. After that you must immunize yearly.
- ariegeois pup socialization and innoculation should go together. Most vets recommend that new owners bring their ariegeois pups to socialization courses, as early as eight or nine weeks of age. At this age, they should have already received at least their first vaccinations.
Since rules are so different between different areas, contact a local veterinarian to get instructions about rabies innoculation. As an example, NYC statutes declare that pets older than 3 months be vaccinated for rabies. The initial rabies immunization must be followed up by a subsequent vaccination the next year, and then every three years. There are many immunizations that may effective for your ariegeois. Your vet can tell you about them. Also, if your ariegeois gets sick because she is not vaccinated, do not give the innoculation until the dog has made a full recovery.
Worms in ariegeoiss
ariegeoiss are often exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry intestinal worms are transmitted through a dog’s feces. Most puppies, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry hookworms or roundworms. The key to treatment is early detection. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed medication will be successful against your ariegeois’s worms. A dewormer that eliminates hookworms, for example, will not kill tapeworms. Your doctor can best identify the culprit—and decide the appropriate medicine.
ariegeois: Miscellaneous Care Tips
ariegeois Supply Checklist
- Premium-quality dog food and treats specifically for ariegeoiss and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water dish
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Brush and comb for grooming, including a flea comb
- Collar with license and ID tag
- Carrier (for puppies)
- Training crate
- Box or dog bed with comforter or towel
- Doggie toothbrush
The no-no list
Never, ever feed your ariegeois the following:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Coffee, tea, or chocolate
- Grapes & raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, garlic or chives
- Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
- Salt or salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
- Yeast dough
Keep your ariegeois on a leash when you are outdoors, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in area. And please, when your ariegeois defecates on your neighbor’s grass, clean it up! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about ariegeoiss
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