If you feel like your life could use a little more unconditional love, putting a dog in the picture could be the answer. They are great pets for children and show compassion for adults. Follow these tips to take the best care possible of your dog.
If you are thinking of getting a new dog for your family, be sure you are prepared for this commitment. Smaller dogs will require at least a 14-16 year commitment, and larger dogs will require at least 10 years. If you are not prepared to own the dog for its entire life, then do not choose a dog as a pet.
When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that a dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes less, and that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you’ve learned together. Use positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.
You should only try to teach your dog one new command during each training session. Even if you think your dog is good at picking up on things and will have no issues with that, it is much less confusing for you and him if you focus on just one thing at a time.
If your dog is still getting used to the grooming process, only work with him or her in short bursts. Groom for about five minutes and then stop and move on to another activity. Eventually, start adding on two or three minutes to your total grooming time until your pet is able to handle a full session.
Try not to base your dog food choices on the price of the food. Cheap dog food usually includes fillers (such as corn or soybeans) which are not appropriate for dogs. It may also contain poor quality ingredients which may hurt your dog’s health over time. Find an advocacy group that can provide you with a list of vet recommended foods. Higher quality dog food will offer your dog many health benefits.
A trip to the vet should be at the top of your schedule if your new dog’s last home was the animal shelter. Shelter dogs have likely been exposed to all kinds of viruses, such as parvo and distemper, which are deadly. Make sure the new puppy gets their required shots before going home.
To protect your dog in the event he is lost or stolen, have a microchip surgically implanted by your vet. These handy chips store data that can be retrieved by a shelter or animal officer and used to contact you. They are painless to put in and offer peace of mind for the pet lover!
Follow through according to your vet’s suggestions if your dog needs something special or has medicine. For instance, your dog may need a cone and not like it, but your vet prescribed it for a reason. Any thing that your vet tells you to do should be done to ensure a healthy dog.
There are plenty of things involved in properly taking care of a dog. It’s not just going for walks and providing food. Knowing how to care properly for your dog is important. Like that, you can both enjoy many healthy happy years together.