Owning a dog is fun but you should not take your responsibilities as a dog owner lightly. You must always understand that your actions are the key to your dog’s health and happiness. By learning all that you can about being a good dog owner that knows what they’re doing, you can be sure that things go well for you and your dog.
It costs a lot of money to own a dog. Each dog needs quality food, medical care and general supplies. It can cost you around $1000 each year. Emergency vet care is very expensive, in some cases thousands of dollars, so you might want to consider purchasing pet health insurance.
Since your dog can’t talk to you, it’s crucial that you listen to their non-verbal language. You should never pressure your pet into interacting with strangers, be they human or canine. This might lead to a bite to another dog or even to a person. Look for your dog’s non verbal cues and react accordingly.
If you are teaching your dog, do it at home. You shouldn’t train your dog where many other people are present. This may distract your pet which will make it a lot harder to teach it even basic things.
If you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away. Shelter dogs have likely been exposed to all kinds of viruses, such as parvo and distemper, which are deadly. Giving your dog shots before taking it home will keep everyone healthy.
Make an appointment with a good vet right after getting a new dog. As soon as your dog is brought to your home you should get an appointment scheduled with the vet. This allows the vet to look him over and schedule the necessary vaccines. Remember that there is a tremendous dog overpopulation problem, so you should have your dog spayed/neutered.
Stimulate your dog mentally by giving him exercise and physical activity. For example, train your dog to retrieve the newspaper or other helpful chores. Many dogs were originally bred to work, and will get frustrated if you do not give them a job to do.
If you do not want your female dog to become pregnant, be careful with her when she goes into heat. A male dog is able to smell her from up to five miles away. The end result of letting an in heat dog run free is not only an unwanted litter, but also a dog who is prone to fighting and the resulting injuries.
Make sure to keep all of your dog’s annual check-up appointments. Your vet may see problems, such as thyroid problems, kidney problems, and diabetes, before you’ll notice any signs. In the long run, annual check-ups save the owner a lot of money and prevent the dog from a lot of unneeded suffering.
The information is at your fingertips, so delay no longer. Change your care habits to ensure that your dog is being properly taken care of. You owe it to your dog to provide him with the best life possible.