For thousands of years now, dogs have been domestic animals. It seems clear that humans were meant to have dogs as pet, and it seems as though it’s a quite good arrangement. However, as the human, you have to make sure that your dog is well taken care of. Continue reading for information on how to ensure your dog’s life is a fulfilled, happy and healthy one.
You must dog-proof your residence. Before bringing your dog home for the first time, make sure that the entire area is completely safe. All cleaning materials and drugs must be put away, and put your trash receptacle inside a cabinet. Some common house plants that are toxic to pets should be removed from your home.
Hugs are great to give your pets, but kisses are not that great. Dog kissing may be adorable, but dogs have awfully dirty mouths. They eat garbage or poop and even sniff other dog’s butts. There is a belief that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.
Be wary of the flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. Several have cancer causing ingredients, and they can be especially harmful to young children. Talk to your vet about safer options, especially when there are kids around.
Do not feed your dog from the table. This will make your dog beg all of the time and also will make it not want to eat its regular food as much. “People food” can also make dogs sick and contribute to obesity. Train your dog to remain in another room while the family eats so no one is tempted to slip something to him under the table.
It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. A feral animal might catch their attention, causing them to pursue them, or an unplanned incitement might lead to a bad situation with other pet owners. You are solely responsible for the dog’s actions and for the dog’s safety as well.
Do not buy the cheapest dog food. Cheap dog food contains lots of preservatives and additives that your dog doesn’t need. Check with an animal advocacy group for a list of foods you should be feeding your dog. Your dog will be much healthier if you feed it some healthy food.
Schedule a vet appointment for the new dog. In fact, do it the same day as you bring the pet home so you don’t forget. This allows the vet to look him over and schedule the necessary vaccines. Unwanted puppies are a tragedy, so make sure your dog gets spayed or neutered.
Take the time to train your dog on a leash. The dog needs to stay beside you, not behind or in front of you. It also needs to know the command “heel”. Walking like this can keep them safe and help you enjoy walks too. The heel command is crucial for your dog, even if a loose leash walk is being used.
You need to meet all of your dog’s requirements. Now that you know what to do, you should be prepared to do it. Apply the advice you’ve just been given, and your dog will be happy and healthy.