Lots of different kinds of dogs exist, and there are dogs that will work with different families. It’s a large decision to make, adopting a dog. Read on to learn more on how to give your pet the best care possible.
Take the time to make sure your house is dog-proofed. Before bringing your dog home for the first time, make sure that the entire area is completely safe. All cleaning supplies and medications should be moved out of reach of your dog. You should also find a way of securing your trash somewhere that your dog cannot get to, such as in a cabinet. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.
If you bring your pet on vacation with you, keep a picture of him with you, particularly on your phone. This way, should he get lost, you have a picture you can show others. You can also use the picture to hand our “lost” flyers.
Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. Some people feed the dog based on their food package recommendations, but these can be wrong and cause them to be overweight. Speak with your veterinarian about what your dog’s needs are and what amounts are proper.
Avoid cheap dog food. Cheap dog food contains lots of preservatives and additives that your dog doesn’t need. Check out professional recommendations from groups online. Your dog can really benefit from better food.
Avoid pushing things that your dog dislikes onto him. If you’re trying to get your dog to eat a new treat and it’s not showing any interest, don’t force them to eat it. Not all dogs like the same things.
Clip your dog’s nails. Once the nails start to curl under, they can cause your dog a great deal of pain. You can always do your own trimming with clippers from the store. Can’t hack it? Take them to the groomer instead.
You might find a pure breed dog at the pound. Pets are abandoned due to a variety of circumstances, so you might be lucky enough to find one at the pound. Call the pound to find ask what dog breeds are in house at the time. It could mean you save a dog in the process!
If your dog seems unhappy and is alone a lot, consider getting a second dog. Dogs are naturally pack animals, and they like to be around other dogs. Get one that is similar in energy level and temperament and your dog will be in heaven.
Keep dogs mentally active by giving them many opportunities for physical exercise. Train him to fetch the newspaper and help with other household chore. This will make your dog feel helpful and simultaneously keep your dog sharp physically and mentally.
Make sure that you are keeping up with your dog’s vet appointments. Vets can do early screening for thyroid issues, diabetes and kidney problems before your dog has symptoms. Annual physicals save dog owners money and saves your pet a lot of undue suffering.
Do you think you’re better equipped to be a responsible dog owner with these tips under your belt? You now have the knowledge you need to ensure you don’t worry about your dog. Take the advice provided here to heart, and your family canine will be a happy pet.