When you enter a pet shop, you may have a gentle, obedient type of dog in mind that you want to purchase. The end result might be different. No matter what happens it is now your responsibility to make sure the dog is cared for, and the following article will show you how to go about doing that.
You should not kiss your dog. In theory, giving a dog a kiss is cute, but realize that the mouth of a dog is generally very dirty. Dogs dig in trash cans, drink from toilet bowls and sniff and lick various body parts on themselves and other dogs. It is not true that a dog has a cleaner mouth than a person. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Your dog can not tell you what is wrong, so just listen to his body language. Hesitant dogs need to be taken out of fearful situations. This might lead to a bite to another dog or even to a person. Keep an eye out for your dog’s hints, and do what he needs you to do.
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
Allow your lifestyle to dictate the type of dog you adopt or purchase. For example, if you live an active lifestyle it is probably best for you to find an active dog instead of a little dog. However, if you’re someone who stays mainly at home then seek out a small dog that loves to be adorned with lots of love while lounging around the house. Both of you are sure to be happier if you choose a good match.
If you choose to adopt a pet, take him or her to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Shelter dogs could be sick or exposed to different viruses. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.
Makes sure your dog gets adequate exercise. Dogs need game time and regular exercise to keep them mentally and physically healthy and happy. From a walk to chasing a ball, everything counts. Exercising with your dog will help you establish a bond with it.
Don’t feed your dog the cheap stuff. It is best to invest in quality dog food. While this could mean that you’re going to have to pay more money, you can know that you’re doing the best for your dog to keep it healthy.
Do not allow your dog to remain outdoors all day long. Dogs need to interact with people or with other animals. Your dog will get very lonely if it is left outside by itself. Plus, bad weather can be health and even life threatening to your pet.
With all of this great advice available to you, you would be a fool to ignore it. Make use of it all in everything you do and you will find your dog becomes more like the dream you once had. A happy, healthy dog is a dream come true for a family.