Do you feel like your grocery store is lacking in the dog food department? Many people think that mass manufactured dog food doesn’t contain enough nutrients. Many of these people take matters into their own hands. These tips can help you be a better, more responsible dog owner.
Keep in mind that dogs are expensive. When you add up the medical care, food and supplies in general, your costs could run from $700-$1000 annually. Emergency vet visits can cost a ton, so think about purchasing health insurance for your dog.
If you have over-the-counter medication or prescription medication in your home, keep it in a place the dog can’t access it. Just a few of your pills can be disastrous for the dog, inducing a heart attack or seizure. If your dog happens to get into any such pills, call your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
Don’t give in to the urge to feed your dog food meant for humans. That encourages him to beg and makes him not want his own food. Feeding your dog table scraps can cause obesity and a number of digestive issues. 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.
If you’re training your dog, don’t just use verbal commands. Try hand signals as well. Hand signals can really help your dog. Try both ways and see which is best for your dog.
Brushing your dog daily will do more than keep them from shedding all over your home. Their coat will become shinier when they are brushed everyday. The brushing motion will distribute the oil through the dog’s fur.
Your dog’s claws must be trimmed. If they start to curl under then your dog may start to feel pain. Purchasing some nail clippers at your local pet store is a good idea. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, you can take him to the groomers and have them done for very little money.
Plenty of physical activity is one of your dog’s necessities. A dog requires regular exercise and game time; it keeps him healthy and happy, both mentally and physically. Whether you take a dog on an extended walk or toss a ball around, your dog and you will both benefit. It will help you form a much stronger relationship.
To prevent the hair around a dog’s paws from matting, you should keep it trimmed. Prior to trimming it, straighten the fur using a comb. If this scares you, have a professional do it.
You can find many types of dogs at the pound, even pure breeds. Dogs are abandoned daily at such facilities, and they are in need of new homes. Contact the pound in your area to see what kinds of breeds they have at the time. You’ll be saving a life.
If your dog seems unhappy and is alone a lot, consider getting a second dog. Dogs like to be around their own kind. Match the two dogs by energy levels and temperament, and both dogs will be in heaven!
Get into puppy politics. Legislation aimed at dog owners is proposed every now and then, and you need to know if this affects you. It is usually indicative of a particular breed or certain owner’s recent actions. Talk to your local officials on behalf of responsible pet owners worldwide.
You don’t just have to “wing it” when it comes to your dog’s care. There is a world of dog dietary options beyond what you can see in the dog food aisle. Remember the tips provided here when you are caring for your dog.