Owning dogs, in particular taking care of the dunker, is old hat for people across the world. Zoologists say that dogs were first domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that all dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, people have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, varying in size from 4-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest pooch. But the most preferred pooches are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The dunker is another popular pick with dog owners. Many owners are unaware, however, of many of the most crucial dunker care tips.
Cost of care for the dunker
The yearly budget for raising your dunker—which includes everything from food and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—can range between $420 and $780. This doesn’t even count capital expenses for sterilization surgery, collar and leash, a dog carrier and crate. Tip: Be sure you have obtained all your items before you get your dunker home.
Typical dunker Care
How To Feed the dunker
- dunker puppies between eight and 12 weeks need 4 bowls of food daily.
- Feed dunker puppies 3 to 6 months old three meals every twenty-four hour period.
- Feed pups six months to one year 2 meals in a twenty-four hour period.
- By the time your dunker makes his first birthday, 1 feeding in a day is all that’s necessary.
- Some adult dunkers might prefer 2 lighter servings. It’s your responsibility to learn your dunker’s eating habits.
High-quality dry dogfood ensures balanced nutrition for grown dunkers and may be mixed with water, canned food, or broth. Your dunker may also have a taste for fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these additions should not result in more than ten pct of his daily food. dunker puppies should be given high-quality, brand-name puppy food. You should try to cut down on “table food”, however, since it can cause mineral and vitamin imbalances, bone and teeth problems, and may cause some very picky food choices and obesity. Give fresh, potable water only, and be certain to clean water and food dishes often.
dunker Care Tips: Make sure your dunker gets plenty of daily exercise
dunkers must have physical activity in order to stay healthy, stimulate their minds, and maintain good health. Daily activity also really helps dunkers fight boredom, which has the potential to lead to naughty behavior. Playing outside will curb most of your dunker’s desires to chase, retrieve, chew, dig and herd. Activity needs will depend on your dunker’s age and his or her level of health—but 10 minutes in the backyard and merely a couple of walks down the street every day probably won’t be sufficient. If your dunker is a six to 18 month adolescent, her requirements will probably be relatively higher.
You can help keep your dunker clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Check for ticks and fleas daily during the summer or other warm weather. Sometimes dunkers don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before a bath, comb or cut out any and all mats from the dunker’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to soap residue.
Pups are obviously the easiest to handle. While carrying your dunker puppy, take one hand and put it under your dog’s chest, with either the forearm or other hand supporting her back legs and rear. Never try to grab or lift your pup by the front legs, nape or tail. When you must pick up a bigger, adult dunker, lift from underneath, holding his or her chest with one of your arms and rump with your other arm.
Housing your dunker
Your dunker needs a comfy peaceful spot to relax away from all drafts and away from the floor. You may wish to think about buying a dog bed, or feel like making one from a wood box. Put a clean blanket or pillow in the bed as cushioning. Wash the dunker’s bedding often. If the dunker will be outdoors often, make certain he has plenty of cool water and shade in hot weather, and a dry, covered, warm shelter during the winter.
Heed the city’s licensing regulations. You should attach the license to your dunker’s collar. This, together with an ID tag or tattoo, can easily help secure your dunker’s return should he get lost.
Facts on dunker Temperament
Training the dunker
Well-behaved, companion dunkers are a joy to own. But untrained, your dunker will most likely be nothing but trouble. Teaching your dunker the basics—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—will improve the relationship with both the dunker as well as the friends. If you own a pup, begin teaching him or her manners as fast as you can! Use little bits of food as recognition and incentive. Puppies can begin obedience courses when they are sufficiently vaccinated. Call your community humane society or SPCA for information about obedience class recommendations. Always keep your dunker leashed while in public, even while a puppy. Just be sure your dog will come back to you at all times whenever you tell him to. A disobedient or aggressive dunker shouldn’t play with kids.
Your dunker should visit the vet for a complete check-up, vaccinations and a heartworm assessment annualy, and as soon as possible if she is hurt or sick.
dunker Dental Health
While many of us might simply dislike our dunker’s bad breath, we must be aware of what it might indicate. Foul-smelling breath is a sign that your dunker requires a dental examination. Plaque , which is caused by bacteria results in a terrible smell that can only be eliminated by professional treatment. After a professional dental cleaning, her mouth can be maintained by eliminating table food, feeding a special diet focused on maintaining dental health, and brushing regularly. Your veterinarian can provide you with additional information on minimizing oral diseases as well as stinky breath. You should clean your dunker’s teeth using a doggie toothpaste or a homemade baking soda and water paste a couple of times per week. Clean them with a piece of nylon stocking stretched across your finger, a gauze pad, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Sometimes, dunkers develop periodontal disease, an infection between the teeth and gums. Sometimes, tooth loss takes place due to gum infection. Disease can also propagate to other areas of your dunker’s body. Veterinarians will most likely clean the teeth at a typical checkup.
dunkers with Bad Breath
Even though periodontal disease in isolation is not a serious threat if detected early, bad breath may also indicate more serious, long-term problems. A sweet, even pleasant smell may be a sign of diabetes, while intestinal or liver diseases may cause foul breath. Kidney disease may be the reason if your dunker’s breath smells of urine or ammonia. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your dunker has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
dunker Flea and Tick Issues
When it’s warm, it’s vital for you to perform daily, regular inspections of your dunker for ticks and fleas. Use a flea comb to remove fleas. There are several new technologies of flea and tick management. Refer to your dunker’s doctor about her or his options.
dunkers With Heartworm Issues
This parasite lives in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your dunker by mosquitoes. Heartworm infections can be deadly. It is wise to make sure your dunker takes a heartworm screen every spring—this is necessary for catching infestations from the previous year. A monthly pill given throughout the course of mosquito season can help to protect your dunker. Your dunker should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some of the more moderate regions, veterinarians advise preventive heartworm medication be taken continually.
Poisions and Medicines
If you’re thinking about giving your dunker medication that was not prescribed for him by his doctor, don’t even think about it. One little ibuprofen tablet can possibly initiate stomach ulcers in dunkers. Make sure your dunker is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. If you have reason to suspect your pooch has consumed a toxin, notify your doctor or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for twenty-four-hour animal poison instructions.
dunkers: Neutering and Spaying
It is recommended that female dunkers be spayed—which is the removal of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—extraction of the testicles—by 6 months of age. Spaying before maturity greatly diminishes the breast cancer risk, which is a common and frequently fatal health problem of older females. Spaying also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, a traumatic problem in more mature females that can only be treated with surgery and intensive medical care. Prostate diseases, testicular cancer, certain types of aggressions and some hernias are preventable by neutering males.
Vaccinating your dunker
- The combo vaccine (also called the “five-in-1 shot”) ought to be given to your dunker at two, 3, and four months old and then once each year. This innoculation immunizes your puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your dunker puppy’s innoculation regimen cannot be finished before four months old.
- If your dunker has not been vaccinated and is older than 4 months, he will need 2 immunizations asap, two to 3 weeks apart. After that you must vaccinate yearly.
- Your dunker pup’s socialization should coincide with her immunization program. You may bring your dunker puppy to socialization courses by 8 to nine weeks old, as recommended by many doctors. At this point, they should have received at least their first immunizations.
Rules are so varied around the country, that it’s best to call your local veterinarian to get rabies immunization details. In NYC, for instance, the rule requires any pets older than three months of age to be vaccinated for rabies. The original rabies immunization must be followed up by another immunization the following year, and then every three years after that. There are many vaccines that may or may not be appropriate for your dunker. Your veterinarian can tell youmore about them. By the way, if your dunker gets ill because he is not properly innoculated, do not give the immunization until the dog has made a full recovery.
Roundworms in dunkers
dunkers are commonly exposed to worms—especially in rural areas. Eggs that carry hookworms and roundworms are transmitted through a dunker’s stool. Even the healthiest of dunker puppies carry hookworms or roundworms. Getting an accurate, early diagnosis is the secret to effective treatment. This will maximize the possibility that the medication is successful against the parasite your dog has. A dewormer that eradicates hookworms, for example, won’t kill tapeworms. Your dunker’s doctor can best figure out the culprit—and assign the effective medication.
Additional dunker Care Tips
dunker Supply Checklist
- High-quality dog food and treats designed for dunkers and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water dish
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Comb and brush for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with license and identification tag
- Quality leash
- Dog carrier (for pups)
- Training crate
- Box or dog bed with warm quilt or towel
- Doggie or child’s toothbrush
The no-no list
Do not feed your dunker the following:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Coffee, tea, or chocolate
- Raisins or grapes
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, chives or garlic
- Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
- Salt or salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems and unripe fruit
The scoop on poop
Unless you are at home, or in a fenced-in, secured spot, keep your dunker on a leash at all times. And please, when your dunker defecates on your neighbor’s yard, clean it up! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about dunkers
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