There is a reason that dogs are man’s best friend; they are generally sweet, attentive and loving toward their owners. Therefore, it is essential for any dog owner to learn all they can about caring for their animals properly and keeping them in the best shape possible. Continue on and begin your journey to taking care of dogs.
Take the time to make sure your house is dog-proofed. Your entire home should be safe prior to bringing the dog inside. Put cleaning supplies and medications away and keep indoor trash inside a cabinet. Some common house plants that are toxic to pets should be removed from your home.
Make sure that your dog gets neutered. Statistically speaking, dogs who are “fixed” live longer lives and are less prone to cancer. Spayed and neutered dogs wander less often as well, so this reduces likelihood of your dog getting hit on the road or lost.
You need to take your older pet to the vet at lease once a day. Since your dog cannot talk to you, it may be hard to determine when arthritis is setting in or a tooth begins hurting. A checkup once a year will help diagnose any problems.
Obviously, dogs are unable to sleep. Therefore, you have to pay attention to your canine’s non-verbal cues. When dogs seem hesitant upon meeting others, never force an interaction. If you do, someone may get hurt. Watch your dog and be aware of his actions.
Don’t allow your dog to leave your property without being on a leash even if you think your dog is well behaved. A feral animal might catch their attention, causing them to pursue them, or an unplanned incitement might lead to a bad situation with other pet owners. You are responsible if your dog does this.
It’s a great idea to keep a snap-shot of your dog handy (a digital pic on your phone is ideal) whenever you’re traveling with him. This way, if you find out that your dog went missing along the way, you will have a recent picture that you can show to people when you go out to look for you pet.
Take some time to trim your dog’s paw beds during every grooming session. This can help prevent mats. You should use a comb to straighten out the hair a bit before trying to trim it. If this scares you, have a professional do it.
If you are teaching your dog, do it at home. Avoid training your dog in heavily occupied areas. It will be very distracting for your pup.
Make sure your let your dog know you love him. As with most things, owners tend to focus more on the bad behavior instead of the good. This can only lead to future difficulties. Remember to praise and be affectionate with your dog more frequently than you discipline him. Your dog will probably show proper behavior more if this is done.
Don’t let a dog go off property without their leash, even if they’re well behaved. A wild animal may set your dog off and send it running into traffic, or someone could provoke your dog and get injured by accident. Your dog is your responsibility.
If your female dog is in heat be cautious – she could very easily become pregnant. Male dogs can tell your dog is in heat when they are five miles away. There can be numerous problems, such as causing conflicts with neighbor’s dogs, and getting impregnated with puppies that you don’t know a lot about.
Talk to your vet about how much to feed your dog. Simply reading the label on your dog food package may not be enough; your dog may have special needs. Ask your vet for some recommendations if you are not sure which brands are best for your dog or need help with quantities.
If your dog accidentally goes to the bathroom inside, remove every trace of it. Use a product specifically designed to clean and remove pet odors. If you still smell dog waste, the dog could be emptied to return to the scene of the crime and repeat the actions.
You need to be cautious when caring for your dog during the summertime. Dogs get overheated quite easily. Reserve a cool and shady area for your dog to hang out. Be sure there is always cool and clean water within the dog’s reach. Use some doggie sunscreen, too, since sun rays affect dogs.
Never give your dog a real bone to chew on. Real bones can chip or break and are dangerous for the dog. Rawhide is very healthy and will help your dog develop some strong teeth. Never ever give him a real bone!
If you have just acquired a dog, you must decide where it should sleep. If you want to use a crate for it’s bed, don’t let your pup in your bed. If you allow him into your bed, keep in mind that this may be where he ends up every night.
Owning a dog has a lot of benefits, and it can be the basis of a great friendship. This is why it is so important that you learn how to properly care for your dog. The advice here will prove to be a good resource for many years.
Avoid overfeeding your dog. Your dog only needs to eat so much a day. When dogs eat too much, they get fat. Fat dogs, like fat people, have health issues. Ask your vet for advice about feeding your dog.
Originally posted 2016-06-03 16:34:51.