Are you thinking of becoming a dog owner? Do you already have one? If the answer to these questions is yes, the following tips are great for you. With knowledge, comes power…and you’re about to become powerful.
Hugs are great, but steer clear of kisses. A dog has a very filthy mouth. Dogs root around in garbage pails, drink enthusiastically from the toilet bowl and love to lick and smell certain body parts of other dogs. It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. Definitely do not believe that!
Just like humans, dogs should go to the vet for a checkup yearly. Obviously, dogs don’t speak, so it can be hard to figure out when they’re having problems with their bones or teeth. Regular checkups will help you find these issues prior to them becoming a serious problem.
If you have prescription or over-the-counter medication in the house, make sure that your dog does not have access to it. Your dog could have a heart attack or a seizure if it swallows some pills. If you find that your dog has eaten any medication, you should call a vet as soon as possible.
Be careful of the ingredients in many flea treatments. Quite a few of them use ingredients that are very unsafe for kids, including an ingredient that has been linked to cancer. Discuss family-friendly alternative flea treatments with your vet. Be sure to store all flea treatments out of the reach of children.
Don’t give your dog leftovers from your own plate. That encourages him to beg and makes him not want his own food. In fact, a steady supply of scraps may encourage your dog to gain unhealthy amounts of weight and set off serious digestive problems. Insist that your dog wait away from the table during family meals to avoid temptation on his part – and yours.
Hand signals are great when they are paired with verbal commands. Using signals such as these, your dog may learn things more easily. Try both methods to see which your dog prefers.
Purchase a dog that can keep up with your lifestyle. If you are a hunter for example, perhaps a retriever is the dog for you. Likewise if you spend quite a lot of time at home you may want to get a dog that likes to be pampered a lot. Avoid a mismatch if you want both of you to be happy.
Speak with your vet about how much food should your dog be eating each day. While some individuals give their dogs food by following the package, sometimes these guidelines are inappropriate for your dog. Your vet will give you personalized advice.
Take the time to correct bad behavior in your dog at the first sign of it. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. Neglecting your dog’s behavior can lead to injuries.
The daily brushing of your dog’s coat is beneficial, in more ways that just stopping constant shedding. Brushing daily can ensure your dog’s coat is shiny and healthy looking. Brushing distributes the natural oils of your dog’s fur evenly and it promotes the health of his skin as well.
When obtaining a shelter dog, you need to set up an appointment with your local vet immediately. Dogs from shelters might have been exposed to viruses or might already be sick. Have your dog checked over and given vaccinations as soon as possible.
Did you understand the above tips? If so, you should be in good shape to take proper care of your dog. You are sure to feel satisfied when an issue arises and you have the solution in hand already. Make good use of these tips on a daily basis to have a better relationship with your dog.