People have been domesticating dogs for eons. Humans and dogs are a natural fit, and the relationship makes many extremely happy. It is your job, though, to take proper care of your pup. You should keep reading to learn more about being a good dog owner.
Make your home dog-proof. It is important that you try to foresee any problems your dog might run into prior to bringing him home. Make sure chemicals, medications and any garbage is out of reach of the dog. Research the toxicity of plants you own, and move or remove anything that might be an issue.
Go on and hug your dog, but do not kiss him. While those sloppy kisses may be cute, be aware that your dog’s mouth is apt to be crawling with germs and bacteria. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! Many people believe that the human mouth has more germs than that of a dog – this isn’t true. It simply is not the case.
Always neuter or spay your pet. Statistics show that doing this can reduce your dog’s cancer risk, which can result in a longer life span. Also, dogs that have been neutered or spayed stick closer to home, limiting their exposure to dangerous traffic and other hazards.
Your dog cannot communicate through speech; therefore, you must learn its non-verbal language. If your dog is fearful or shy, do not insist that they interact. You might cause your dog to bite someone or another dog. Look for non-verbal cues and follow what the dog is telling you.
When you are training your dog, you should practice in your home or in your yard. It is unwise to do it where there are many strangers around. Distraction ensues, and it is harder to get your dog to focus on basic commands.
You don’t want to buy the bargain dog food. Cheap brands are full of fillers, preservative and even chemicals. Find an advocacy group that can provide you with a list of vet recommended foods. Your dog will enjoy and benefit much more from healthier food.
Get a dog house if you have a dog that you leave outside, in case the weather gets bad. A dog can get ill if he is left out in rough weather, so make sure you have a warm, dry dog house where he can rest. Keep your dog safe from precipitation and winds by providing him with a place that is spacious, with a dry floor.
Don’t force your dog to eat something. If you have food or treats your dog does not like, leave it alone. Not all dogs like the same things.
If you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away. Dogs that live in shelters may be sick or may have been around other sick dogs. It is best to make sure your new puppy gets all the shots needed before you bring it home.
As the human, you’re job is to make sure that your dog’s needs are met. Now that you know what to do, you should be prepared to do it. Use these tips to make your dog a lot happier.