Owning a dog is a big responsibility. You have to make sure you raise a happy and healthy dog. Being aware of how to accomplish this balance means learning all that you can, which you can do by reading the useful information below.
Keep in mind that dogs are expensive. Every dog is going to need supplies, good food, and will also need medical care. After all is said and done this could cost about $800 or more. Emergency vet care is very expensive, in some cases thousands of dollars, so you might want to consider purchasing pet health insurance.
Make your home dog-proof. Your entire home should be safe prior to bringing the dog inside. Store things like meds and cleaning products in a safe location, and be sure to keep any indoor trash cans behind a cabinet. Some plants that are usually kept in the home are poisonous to pets, so move them where your dog cannot get to them, or put them out of your home completely.
Avoid kisses and stick with hugs. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about. Dogs will eat their own waste, dine on garbage, and gulp water straight from your toilet. Keep in mind that an animal’s mouth is full of germs. This statement is most definitely not true.
Practice your training regimen for your puppy near your home. It is unwise to do it where there are many strangers around. It is very difficult to teach a dog that is distracted by people and disturbances.
You need to ask your vet to make sure the food you are feeding them is good. Puppies can’t eat adult food and vice versa. Err on the side of caution when feeding food to your dog.
Provide your dog with rawhide to chew on rather than actual meat bones. Genuine bones can chip, and the pieces may become stuck in your dog’s teeth or digestive system. Rawhide is a healthy alternative and will help keep your dog’s teeth clean as he satisfies his need to chew.
Don’t make you dog eat something they don’t want to eat. If you have purchased treats the dog does not appear to enjoy, do not force the issue. The best judge of what your dog likes is the dog himself. Fancy name brands mean nothing.
Keep your dogÃ¢”s nails trimmed. If they get so long that they start curling under, your dog will probably hurt a lot. Buy some clippers and do the job yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then you can hire a groomer to do it for a little bit of money.
If you buy a new dog, set up a vet appointment as soon as possible. Make the appointment when you buy your dog. A vet will make sure the dog is healthy and also set up a future schedule of vaccinations. Remember that there is a tremendous dog overpopulation problem, so you should have your dog spayed/neutered.
Properly teach your dog how to walk with a leash. Your dog has to understand the “heel” command and respond to it by walking beside you, not ahead of or in back of you. Walking in this manner keeps your dog safe, and you are bound to enjoy walks more as well. Not having to hold the leash tightly will make going for walks easier.
You can now start properly caring for your dog. Make more of an effort to attend to your dog’s health and happiness and you’ll see a big improvement very soon. There is no reason to get a dog if you are not willing to do everything you can to make sure he has a good life.