Enhanced Dog Care Guidelines (Adapted from ASPCA)

Welcoming a canine companion into your home can be an enriching experience, whether you’re a seasoned pet owner or embarking on this journey for the first time. Ensuring the well-being and joy of your furry friend should always remain a top priority. Below, you’ll find invaluable tips for all dog parents.

And always remember: When considering bringing a new dog home, prioritize adoption. Explore our directory of adoptable dogs in your area or visit our Find a Shelter page to begin your search.


Tailor feeding schedules to your dog’s age:
– Puppies aged eight to 12 weeks require four meals daily.
– Three meals a day suffice for puppies aged three to six months.
– From six months to one year, two meals daily are suitable.
– Upon reaching their first birthday, most dogs do well with one meal daily.
Consider smaller, more frequent meals for certain breeds or those prone to bloat.
opt for premium-quality dry food as a foundation, complemented by occasional additions such as cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits, or vegetables. Ensure these extras constitute no more than ten percent of their daily intake.
Provide access to clean, fresh water at all times and maintain cleanliness by washing food and water dishes regularly.


Regular exercise is essential to your dog’s physical and mental well-being. Tailor activities to your dog’s breed, age, and health status, ensuring they receive adequate stimulation and burn excess energy. Engaging in supervised playtime that aligns with your pet’s natural instincts—such as digging, herding, retrieving, and chasing—can prevent boredom and deter destructive behaviors.


Frequent brushing not only keeps your dog clean but also minimizes shedding. Conduct daily flea and tick checks, particularly during warmer months. Limit baths to a few times a year, ensuring thorough rinsing to prevent soap residue accumulation.


Handle your dog with care, supporting their chest and hind legs when lifting. Avoid grasping them by the forelegs, tail, or neck. For larger dogs, lift from underneath, supporting both the chest and rear end simultaneously.


Provide your dog with a comfortable, draft-free resting area elevated from the floor, such as a training crate or dog bed furnished with clean bedding. Outdoor accommodations should include ample shade, cool water in warm weather, and a sheltered, warm environment during colder months.

Licensing and Identification

Adhere to local licensing regulations and ensure your dog wears identification, including a license tag and, ideally, an implanted microchip or tattoo, facilitating their safe return if lost.

Fleas and Ticks

Regularly inspect your dog for fleas and ticks, utilizing flea combs and discussing preventative measures with your veterinarian.

Medications and Poisons

Only administer medications prescribed by a veterinarian, and promptly seek professional advice if you suspect your dog has ingested a poisonous substance.

Spaying and Neutering

Consider spaying or neutering your dog by six months of age to promote their health and reduce overpopulation.


Consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your dog’s needs.

Dog Supply Checklist

Equip yourself with essential supplies, including premium-quality food, grooming tools, identification tags, toys, and a comfortable sleeping area.

Waste Management

Be responsible for your dog’s waste, ensuring you clean up after them when outdoors, promoting cleanliness and neighborly consideration.

Crate Training

Introduce your dog to their crate gradually, creating a positive association with this safe, den-like space. Use patience and consistency to alleviate anxiety and foster a strong bond between you and your pet.

Remember, understanding and patience are key to addressing any behavioral challenges your pet may exhibit. For further guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to PP2CR with any questions or concerns.