Would you like to save a little puppy from the pound? Is a distinguished pure bred dog from your favorite breeder more your style? Getting a dog will give you endless amounts of love, whether it be mutt or show dog. Although, having a dog is a great responsibility that must be considered before jumping into getting one.
You need to have a physical every year, and so does your dog. Since dogs cannot talk, it’s difficult to know if your dog is in pain. Regular checkups will assure these issues are caught before they turn into something big.
Take some time to become familiar with your canine’s non-verbal language. For instance, if your dog is hesitating, it is not a good idea to force him to approach a person or another animal. This may lead to someone getting bitten. Look for your dog’s non verbal cues and react accordingly.
Take a photo of your dog when you plan to take him on vacation. If he gets lost, you have a recent picture you can immediately access in order to print “lost” flyers.
Make sure you are using the right flea treatments on your pet dog. A lot of them have chemicals that might be bad for kids! Talk with your vet concerning alternative treatments, and do not let small children come near while treating your dog.
Fight the urge to feed table scraps to your dog. You will spoil him and his appetite and set up begging behavior. You might be wrecking your dog’s health by giving him table scraps. Make your dog stay out of the room when the family is eating.
Choose a dog in that can easily and happily blend into your lifestyle. For instance, if you like to go running, you’re not going to want a little dog that can’t keep up with you. If you prefer to stay at home, seek out a small dog that loves to snuggle on the couch. When you find the perfect match, you’ll both be happier!
Reward your dog for doing right things, such as sitting while you place it’s food down, with lots of praise and attention. This communicates to your dog that he is doing just exactly what you want. This will teach the dog that when they do what you wish, they’ll get praised.
Your dog deserves to have quality dog food. The brands that are cheaper have preservatives, additives, as well as other things that aren’t good for your dog. Professional associations and dog advocacy groups may offer lists of the highest quality foods available. Higher quality dog food will offer your dog many health benefits.
Don’t give your dog real bones. Real bones chip apart and can become dangerously lodged in the oral cavity or digestive track. Rawhide is completely healthy and improves the teeth, and therefore is preferable to animal bones.
Adequate exercise is an important consideration for dog owners. Exercise and play are necessary for a dog. They keep the dog fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. You will enjoy the time you spend doing these things with your dog as well. In addition to fulfilling the physical need for exercise, you will foster a strong bond with your dog that will last a lifetime.
Now that you understand the responsibilities of good dog care, you can be confident in bringing your new pet home. There will always be things you don’t know, so don’t stop learning. You should think about joining a forum to talk to other dog owners. Learning is something that you should always try to do.