When you seek loyalty, love and affection, a dog is the perfect choice as a pet. Dogs are good for both single people and families alike. To provide your dog with the life they deserve, read on.
Go on and hug your dog, but do not kiss him. Kissing a dog might seem cute, but they have dirty mouths. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! There is a belief that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. This is absolutely a myth!
Just as you need to keep up with your annual doctor’s appointment, your dog needs to see his vet annually too. Because your dog can’t speak with you, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain like if it has arthritis. An annual vet visit can help you find problems early.
Dogs can’t talk, so you must learn their body language. If you notice that your dog is timid around strangers or other dogs, you shouldn’t attempt to force its interaction with them. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. So pay attention to your dog’s demeanor and make your judgement from these cues.
When you have to train a dog, your home and/or yard is the right place to do it. It’s never good to try and train your pet when there are quite a few people around. This can cause your dog to get distracted, which can make training them simple commands almost impossible.
Do not force your dog to eat things. If you purchase a treat your dog doesn’t appear to like, just try another brand rather than making him eat. When you first get a dog, you should take some time to get to know what it likes and what it dislikes.
Be sure to address your dog’s bad behavior when you first notice it. If you ignore it you might make it worse than before. You don’t want to be the owner of a dog who hurts someone, so get a handle on it now.
If you’re going to adopt a new dog from an animal shelter, you need to get a vet appointment scheduled as soon as possible. You need to find out if they picked anything up at the shelter. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.
Taking care of a dog requires a lot of dedication and hard work. There is more to it than giving your dog food or walking it. Knowing how to care properly for your dog is important. Then you and your pet can have a long and happy life together.