Purchasing a dog is not an easy decision. Dogs, just like kids, are going to have to be cleaned, taken to doctors, fed correctly, and entertained. How do you learn about everything you have to know? Continue reading and learn more about being a responsible pet owner.
Being a dog owner can be very costly. You will have to spend between $700 and $1000 a year to cover food and medical expenses. Also, should an emergency arise, this can cost thousands so you might consider pet health insurance.
Never hit your dog. There are better ways to train a dog without having to resort to violence. The best way to train a dog is to reinforce positive behaviors with treats and attention. Negative behavior should be handled with a stern and disapproving voice as opposed to striking the animal.
Avoid insisting that your dog socialize nicely with every other passing dog. Experts recommend that your dog be able to tolerate introductions through sniffing and eying with another animal, but say forcing the issue can create problems. Accept your dog’s lead when meeting and greeting other animals and allow for natural interaction.
Whenever you travel with your pet, don’t skimp on the packing. Of course you need to be well supplied with his food, water and any medications he may be on, but experts advise that you also bring his grooming supplies, vaccination paperwork, tags and an extra leash. Also, bring a flat sheet for when your dog will be on hotel furniture.
When you are trying to teach your dog new tricks, you should always be patient. Different dogs will learn things differently. If your dog isn’t picking up a new trick right away, give him time. You could also try changing your teaching method. Your dog may respond better to a different approach.
When giving your dog a bath, make sure that you only put on shampoo that is intended for canines. Using lukewarm water, get the entire body wet and then begin applying the shampoo to their face, working your way down their body. Wait a few minutes and then take a washcloth and wipe off the suds from your pet’s face. Wash off the rest of the shampoo as well.
In your backyard or in your house itself is the right place to start training your dog. It’s a bad idea to train a dog in a busy place. They might feel distracted and not learn a thing.
Make sure you have the correct dog supplies. Before bringing your dog home for the first time, be sure that you are equipped with the right supplies. Every dog needs a good sized food and water bowl, a collar and leash, toys, and a comfy place to sleep. Also, remember to purchase an identification tag immediately.
Now you have this amazing advice in your head, ready to use. Take the time to do more research on how to care for your dog and on any specific issues you are encountering. When you use these tips to become a more responsible master, your dog will reward you with love.