Just for Kids: Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Now that you have a dog, it's up to you to keep him healthy. When your dog is healthy, he has a nice shiny coat, strong white teeth, strong bones, and a lot of energy. This means you will have to provide good food, keep him clean, and take him to the veterinarian. Here's what you will have to do:



Exercise is not only fun, but it keeps your pet healthy, too. Your dog will sleep better, have more energy, and have good, strong bones and muscles. See Exercising Your Dog.

Proper Diet

Feeding your dog the right way is very important to keep him healthy. Dogs love to eat, so you have to make sure that what you feed him is the best for your pet. Your veterinarian can help you decide what type and how much food to feed him. See Feeding Your Dog.

Routine Check-ups

You should take your dog to the veterinarian once a year for a yearly check-up. Your veterinarian will give your puppy a physical examination much like you get when you visit the doctor. See Taking Your Dog to the Veterinarian.


You should start training your dog soon after you get him. It is important that he learns good manners. Even a new puppy can learn to sit and stay. When your dog learns how to sit and stay, he will behave better all of the time. See Teaching Your Dog to Sit and Stay.