If your dog wants to eat, one tactic that he may use to get your attention is scratching at his bowl. Your dog may also scratch on the door if it needs to take care of business. When you have a dog wanting attention, it could give you a certain look. Sadly, not everything he wants is to easily communicated, so read on to learn more about a dog’s needs.
Make your home suitable for dogs. Create a safe area to bring a new puppy into the home. Secure the trash can, stow way all medications and put away your regular cleaning supplies. Some plants in your house may be toxic to your dog, so they should be kept where your dog cannot reach them.
Be sure to have your pet spayed or neutered. Research suggests that this small thing can give extended life to your dog by reducing cancer risk. Also, dogs that get fixed won’t feel the need to wander away so that may mean that they won’t get into accidents like getting hit by a vehicle.
If you decide to take your dog with you on a trip, take a photo of him on your phone. This ensures that, should he get lost, you have a current photo, ready for showing around or being used in flyers.
When it comes to dog flea treatments, you should proceed with caution. A lot of the ones on the market have ingredients that are 1000 times more potent than what is considered safe by the EPA and it may be a cancer risk for children. Speak with your vet to see if there are any alternatives that are healthier choices for your pet and your family.
Practice training your dog around your home, where you and your pup can be alone. It’s never good to try and train your pet when there are quite a few people around. They are going to become distracted, and the easiest commands can be tough.
Never allow your dog to leave your yard without a leash even if he seems very trustworthy and calm. You never know when something might spook him or distract him, leading to devastation. Your dog’s safety and behavior are your responsibility.
Purchase or construct a dog house if your dog must stay outside when the weather is cold. 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. Always protect him from wind, sun and rain by making sure he has a dry shelter to go to.
Avoid trying to force things into your dog. For instance, don’t force it to eat a treat that it appears to hate. The best judge of what your dog likes is the dog himself. Fancy name brands mean nothing.
Make sure your pet has time each day to stretch his legs and move around. Dogs need consistent physical activity to ensure they are physically and mentally fit. From a walk to chasing a ball, everything counts. Every time you play with or exercise your dog, you will find that you are promoting a lasting bond.
If you are considering a dog but aren’t sure, why not trying providing a good foster home for a dog? Thousands of animals are living in shelters, which is less than ideal for many dogs, while they wait for a chance to be adopted. Fostering will help you become adapted to the life of a pet owner, and you will be making a difference in the life of a dog at the same time!
Given the close ties between humans and dogs, it is not surprising that many people seem to have the ability to read dogs’ facial expressions accurately. After reading this, you may understand a lot more about your dog than what his body is saying. Your dog will be very thankful for that.