Have you ever wanted to get a dog? Are you already the proud owner of a dog? In either case, here are some great ideas to make your life, and your dog’s, easier. With knowledge, comes power…and you’re about to become powerful.
Having a dog at your home is a big financial commitment. Dogs need good food, medical care and other supplies. This can add up to $500-$1000 a year. Pet insurance can be a good investment because your pet may require emergency care for illness or injury.
Your dog speaks to you, but it is through non-verbal cues. Your job is to learn to listen carefully so you understand the message. If your dog seems hesitant when meeting another person or dog, do not force them to interact. If you do, someone may get hurt. Follow your dog’s body language.
If you’re taking your pup on a vacation, make sure that you take a picture of him for on your phone. If he is ever separated from you, it will be easy to show people what he looks like or print out flyers with a recent picture showing that you are looking for him.
Avoid giving your pooch table food. This teaches dogs bad habits. Scraps from the table obesity, digestive problems, or other health issues in dogs. Make sure your dog doesn’t hover around your dinner table so it isn’t tempted to eat your food.
A trip to the vet should be at the top of your schedule if your new dog’s last home was the animal shelter. A shelter is often a haven for kennel cough and other diseases. The best thing to do is to ensure that you new dog has all the necessary vaccinations before it comes home with you.
Make sure that your dog receives plenty of exercise. A dog needs to play and exercise on a regular basis so that it can be happy and healthy. Whether you decide to take the dog for a walk or if you’re just playing fetch, it will benefit both of you. You can get a lot of much needed exercise and build a stronger bond with your dog.
Some dog breeds are more likely than others to develop certain health issues. Research his heritage and take preventative steps for problems you know he is a candidate for. Ask your veterinarian what steps can be taken to prevent issues that are common with your dog’s breed.
Take care any time a female dog is in heat, as you likely do not want her to become pregnant. Male dogs can tell your dog is in heat when they are five miles away. The end result of letting an in heat dog run free is not only an unwanted litter, but also a dog who is prone to fighting and the resulting injuries.
Did the article above give you some great advice to consider? Reread this article if you need to. This will allow you to already have a solution to problems before they arise. Use the tips on a daily basis to improve your relationship with your pet, as well as how you care for him.