Dogs have likely become domesticated when curious wolves started to hang around Stone Age people, who left food remnants littering their camps. Until recently, most scientists assumed that dogs started living with humans around 15,000 years ago. However, as National Geographic reports, a recent study from the Russian Academy of Sciences has found that man’s best friend was domesticated 33,000 years ago. What’s more, researchers from the University of Chicago found that several groups of genes in dogs and humans, including those related to disease, digestion, diet and neurological processes, have been evolving for thousands of years.
According to the NAIA Shelter Project, only 15% to 20% of sheltered dogs are returned to their rightful owners, and in most cases, the returned pups were properly tagged. When it comes to identification, there are two options, ID tags and microchips, and it is a good idea to use both. The ID tag lists specific contact information that will reunite you with your dog should he or she run off. On the other hand, a microchip contains a code that is stored in a database with your information. The vet usually injects the chip between the dog’s shoulder blades, and if your dog gets lost and found, the staff at the shelter uses a scanner to read the code.
No matter the breed of your dog, you need to have proper grooming equipment. Most veterinarians recommend establishing a habit of regular grooming early in your dog’s life, because then grooming is established as a regular part of your pet’s routine and even becomes a pleasurable bonding activity. You should definitely acquire a bristle brush, because these can be used for all dog species. In case your pup has a long coat, pick a brush with longer, more widely spread bristles. In addition to the right brushes, it is important to select a shampoo which has been formulated for your dog’s specific needs.
Your canine needs a bed for the same reasons you do. A comfortable dog bed allows your furry family member to relax when he is tired, enjoy a quiet retreat when life gets too hectic and of course, has a good night’s sleep. While orthopedic dog beds may be more costly, they hold their shape longer, provide superior support for joints and bones, and will not need to be replaced for at least a couple of years. Furthermore, if your dog has sensitive skin or allergies, make sure to get a bed made of natural materials.
Buying toys for your dog offers benefits beyond simple and plain fun. Chew toys especially can keep your dog active mentally as well as physically, and even promote dental health. Now, as the Whole Dog Journal puts it, “the secret to happy chewing is variety”, so try to be creative and purchase a couple of different chew toys. They all have advantages and disadvantages – they can all splinter, shed, break and be ingested – so it is recommendable to have a chat with your veterinarian about what to do when you choose your chews.
If you have just bought a puppy, the best thing would be to purchase these products before the dog arrives in your home, and set them up in advance, mostly because you will be too busy playing with him. With these accessories on hand, you will be well prepared to welcome your new friend to his new home.
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