Do you wish to save a little puppy at a local pound? Do you want to add a purebred pup to your family? Whether he is a pure bred or a mutt from the shelter, this dog is sure to give you the love and affection you seek. It also comes with responsibility and you can learn about that in the following article.
Yearly physicals help you and yearly vet checks help your dog. Because your dog is unable to speak, you may not know for sure when your dog feels sick or has an injury. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.
Get your dog spayed or neutered. Statistically speaking, dogs who are “fixed” live longer lives and are less prone to cancer. Also, dogs that have been neutered or spayed stick closer to home, limiting their exposure to dangerous traffic and other hazards.
Since humans don’t speak dog, we need to figure out how to communicate with our pets non-verbally. If your pet hesitates when approaching a person or a pet, don’t push them to go near them. You might cause your dog to bite someone or another dog. Always be on the look out for non-verbal hints. If you see them, allow your dog to guide you in the next action you will take.
Keep table scraps to a minimum. Not only will table scraps turn your dog off on their regular food, but it will also teach them to constantly beg. “People food” can also make dogs sick and contribute to obesity. You need to make sure your dog is not near the dinner table. This will make it easier for your pet (and you!) to avoid temptation.
You shouldn’t allow your pet off your property if it’s not wearing a leash, even if he is extremely well-behaved. You never know when something might spook him or distract him, leading to devastation. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.
Rawhide bones are the best options for your dog. Bones can chip and get lodged in the digestive tract or mouth. In contrast, rawhide has health benefits for your pet.
Train your dog how to properly walk when on a leash. Your dog should walk beside you, not lag behind or run ahead, and should obey the command “heel.” Walking this way will help to keep your pet safe, and it will make it easier for you to enjoy walks too. This will also help to prevent your dog from choking themselves, when trying to pull ahead.
Your dog needs attention and shouldn’t be left alone outdoors all day. You may see this on TV or in movies, but that doesn’t make it right. If there is only one dog in your household, he may feel lonely outdoors. In addition, inclement weather and freezing temperatures can be dangerous for your dog.
You now know what it takes to care for your dog as best as possible, so you are ready to bring your new mutt or purebred home! Keep learning to be have a pet that is healthy and happy. Think about joining a dog forum to chat with fellow dog owners. Learning never stops, so keep reading.