5 Things You Need To Know When Caring For An Exotic Dog Breed

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Many of us love to keep pet dogs in our homes. Any animal lover enjoys the company of a furry canine friend, right? While caring for common breeds is a fairly easy task that dog owners are used to, there are the exotic dog breeds. These dog breeds like Caucasian Ovcharka, Lowchen, and Bedlington Terrier to name a few, require special care and maintenance different from the ones common breeds receive.If you own, or are thinking of owning any exotic dog breed, here are the things you should keep in mind while caring for them.

Be consistent in your training

Make sure that you set the rules early, and remember to follow each and every one of them from the start. Especially for breeds like Caucasian Ovcharka, they require discipline and consistency in carrying out rules. Many exotic dog breeds may not be used to living in a human environment, and that is why it is crucial that you train them properly from the very beginning. If you relax or drop the rules even once, it is easy to lose the control you have over them.

Handle them with care

Exotic dog breeds are obviously easier to manage when they are still puppies, because a lot of them like the Azawakh and Napoleon Mastiff grow to be extremely huge and heavy. Always remember to lift them up from underneath, holding the chest with one arm and bracing the rear with the other arm. Never ever pick them up or pull them by the tail, legs or back of the neck.

Grooming

Most exotic dog breeds require only a few baths in a year. Make sure to rinse the soap or foam thoroughly from the coat. If not, dirt may stick on. For dogs that have a long coat like Lowchens, regular brushing can help to reduce shedding. Remember to check for ticks and fleas every time you brush. For breeds like Bedlington Terrier which have a short coat, regular scissoring and clipping are necessary.

Provide proper housing

It is recommended that you either get a doggie bed or make one from wood. Your exotic dog needs time and place to relax and rejuvenate in peace. Cushion the bed comfortably and put a blanket and a pillow. Make sure that you wash and clean these frequently. A dirty housing could lead to irritations and infections. Remember to keep a bowl of fresh clean water within easy reach to make sure they stay hydrated.

Daily physical activity

Remember to play with them or take them out for a walk or run every day. They need regular physical exercises to stay healthy and active physically and mentally. It will also prevent boredom or restlessness, which can both lead to behavioral problems and make it even more difficult to train and care for them. Keep in mind that during six to eighteen months, exotic dog breeds require much more amount of physical activity to keep them stimulated.

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