Do you want to save a puppy at the pound? Or are you looking at purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder? No matter what type of dog you want, your dog is going to bring you plenty of love and happiness. However, you need to be prepared for the responsibilities involved in owning a dog, so use these ideas to get started.
Spay or neuter your dog. Your pet stands to enjoy a significantly better (and longer) life. It’s been verified through research that this simple procedure reduces cancer risks and provides other benefits, too. Besides, a neutered dog will be less likely to run away or to get in fights with other animals.
Neuter or spay the dog. Research shows that taking this simple action can help your pet live a longer life, as it can reduce the risk of cancer. Dogs that are neutered or spayed don’t have strong urges to leave their home, reducing their chances of getting hit by a vehicle or getting lost.
A dog’s bad behavior should always be corrected whenever you see the first signs of it. Ignoring it can help your dog to establish lifelong bad habits. The longer you wait to address the problem, the worse the problem will become. Your dog might hurt someone else, or you, so take steps to control him early on.
Ask your vet about which foods he can eat. Sometimes you’ll find that a puppy can’t eat certain brands of foods because it will make their stomach upset. Choose dog food adapted to the age of your puppy and use common sense when determining which foods are healthy for your dog.
Some dog breeds are more likely than others to develop certain health issues. Research the kind of dog you have and see if there are any preventative measures you can take. Also, ask your vet what you can do to help your canine beat the odds for his breed.
If your dog does something the correct way, such as sitting before you put the leash on, make sure that you give it tons of affection and praise. This will show that you appreciate what your dog is doing. Your dog will soon understand that good behavior is rewarded with praise.
If your dog seems sad and lonely, consider investing in a friend for him. Dogs come from packs, so it’s in their nature to prefer spending time with a member of their own species. Match them carefully based on energy levels and temperament.
Don’t buy your dog cheap dog food. Cheap brands usually contain preservatives such as sodium and other additives that can be dangerous for your dog’s health. You should contact an animal advocacy group or a consumer awareness program to get some recommendations for quality dog foods. You will see a difference in your dog’s activity level and general happiness when you feed him “good” food.
ID your pet. A breakaway collar that includes an ID tag will ensure the return of your dog if they should wander. Your dog’s name and your contact info should appear on the tag. You can also opt to have a micro-chip inserted into your dog.
Take time and correct bad behavior when you first see it. If you don’t address it head on, you will discover that it becomes more difficult to control in the future, possibly with disastrous consequences. Your dog might hurt someone else, or you, so take steps to control him early on.
Always make an annual checkup appointment for your dog. Having the annual exam is the only way to diagnose problems that arise. This saves you money on vet bills later on, or heartache from your pet’s suffering.
Ensure that your dog gets enough exercise. Regular play and exercise is essential to keep your dog happy, both physically and mentally. Your dog will get the exercise it needs (and you’ll be a little more active yourself!) from virtually any kind of outdoor activity you share with it. It also grows your bond with the dog.
Bring your dog to a veterinarian regularly. At regular intervals your dog needs heartworm testing, vaccinations, and general check-ups. A puppy will have to visit the vet more frequently. You also should see a vet as soon as possible if your dog seems ill or gets injured.
Now that you know how to take great care of a dog, it’s time for your new companion to come home with you! Keep learning to be have a pet that is healthy and happy. Think about joining online forums to talk about dogs with other dog owners. Keep learning throughout your life.
Check your dog for ticks and fleas daily once it gets warmer outside. If you find fleas, use a flea comb. There are many products out there that can help you control your dog’s ticks and fleas. You can also consult your vet.