There are great responsibilities when it comes to dog ownership. You have to make sure you raise a happy and healthy dog. As with many other life skills you want to cultivate, solid education is the key to being a successful dog owner. Check out the tips below and expand your fund of canine care knowledge.
It takes quite a bit of money to take good care of a dog. When you add up the medical care, food and supplies in general, your costs could run from $700-$1000 annually. Emergency vet care is very expensive, in some cases thousands of dollars, so you might want to consider purchasing pet health insurance.
Consider the situation before allowing a dog to kiss your face. Kisses from dogs are adorable, but they’re a lot less cute when you realize how filthy your dog’s mouth actually is. Dogs dig in trash cans, drink from toilet bowls and sniff and lick various body parts on themselves and other dogs. There is a belief that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. That tidbit of information is plain wrong.
Take time and correct bad behavior when you first see it. Ignoring it can help your dog to establish lifelong bad habits. The longer you wait to address the problem, the worse the problem will become. Neglecting your dog’s behavior can lead to injuries.
Daily brushing brings great rewards – much more than just a reduction in shedding. Brushing your dog every day helps its coat become beautiful and shiny. Brushing helps evenly distribute the oils in the fur and skin, which keeps things looking shiny, healthy and soft.
Schedule a vet appointment before adopting a shelter dog. Dogs are more likely to be sick or have exposure to viruses in the shelter. Your puppy needs to get a few shots before you can safely bring it home.
Instruct your dog clearly about how to walk with a leash. They should walk by your side, instead of behind or in front of you, and they must respond to “heel.” Walking like this can keep them safe and help you enjoy walks too. Your dog needs to get used to this.
Now that you know what to do, don’t wait to get started! Alter your life to be sure you and your dog will benefit. You shouldn’t own a dog if you won’t put in the work to make it the best that it can be.