Are you thinking about bringing a dog into your home? Does a dog live with you? The following advice will be of help if your answer was yes to these questions. With knowledge, comes power…and you’re about to become powerful.
You need to have a physical every year, and so does your dog. Since your dog cannot talk to you, it may be hard to determine when arthritis is setting in or a tooth begins hurting. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.
Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. Don’t force interaction with other pets or people if your dog is showing reluctance. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. Watch for any of these non-verbal cues and let these guide your actions.
Do not fall prey to the temptation to feed table scraps to your dog. This will make him beg more often, and he may gain a preference for human food. “People food” can also make dogs sick and contribute to obesity. You can keep your dog healthy and avoid any temptation to feed it from the table by teaching it to spend dinnertime well away from your family.
Think about your life and then find a dog breed that will fit in well with your habits. Do not buy a dog that is lazy if you are very active. If you prefer to stay home curled up on your couch, go for a small dog that likes to be spoiled and that will curl up along with you. You should find a dog that fits well with your personality.
If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. This is to let the dog know that you want more of that behavior. It teaches the dog that he gets praised when he does what you’d like him to do.
Your dog needs a dog house if he or she has to remain outside in cold weather. Your dog could get sick if he is left outside in the cold or if the ground is wet. Keep your dog safe from the elements by providing him the dry shelter he needs.
When a dog behaves badly, correct him immediately. If you ignore it you might make it worse than before. Bad behaviors that are left uncontrolled can result in human injuries to you, your child, your friend or your neighbor. This is why it’s important to nip them in the bud immediately!
If you’re adopting your pet from a shelter, it’s important that you take it to see a vet immediately. Shelters expose dogs to a number of illnesses, and your pet could be ill already. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.
Don’t feed your dog the cheap stuff. It is vital to give your dog the best quality food. While this could mean that you’re going to have to pay more money, you can know that you’re doing the best for your dog to keep it healthy.
Can you remember everything you just read? If you didn’t pay full attention, go through the tips again. They will provide you with a great amount of stress relief when a problem does come up, since you will have some great solutions in hand. Use the techniques every day to have the best relationship possible with your dog.