Dogs need more than feeding and petting. He needs to have TLC throughout the day. How can you be sure of what your dog needs? You will find a range of helpful tips and advice regarding the ownership of a dog.
Your dog speaks to you, but it is through non-verbal cues. Your job is to learn to listen carefully so you understand the message. If when meeting a new dog or person you find your dog is filled with dread, remove him from the situation. It could end up with someone getting bit. Keep an eye out for your dog’s hints, and do what he needs you to do.
If you are going to taking your dog on vacation, take a pic of him on your phone. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Swallowing a couple pills could can serious health issues, even heart attacks and seizures. If the dog does consume some medication, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Be careful when selecting canine flea treatments. A lot of them have chemicals that might be bad for kids! Discuss any concerns with your veterinarian, and see if he has more holistic treatment options that might help to keep your pet free from fleas and your family safe.
Take some time to schedule dog training sessions in your own home and backyard. Avoid training your dog where many people are present. There are too many distractions there.
When you are training your dog, it is always best to incorporate the use of hand signals in addition to using verbal commands. Hand signals can really help your dog. Try both ways and see which is best for your dog.
The dog breed you choose should blend in well with your lifestyle. A good example would be if you are a runner. A dog that can keep up with you while you run would be a good choice. If you spend more time in the home, a more sedate, indoor dog will fit your lifestyle best. Both of you are sure to be happier if you choose a good match.
Train your dog how to properly walk when on a leash. Your dog has to understand the “heel” command and respond to it by walking beside you, not ahead of or in back of you. If your pet is leash trained, it’ll be safer, and you’ll enjoy walks more as well. Not having to hold the leash tightly will make going for walks easier.
If you have a dog that has problems with separation anxiety, or to be nice, you should leave music on when you’re going out of the house. The sound will help him feel more secure and not as alone. This may help ease the dog’s fears and calm him down just enough so he isn’t going crazy while he awaits your arrival.
By taking time to educate yourself on dog behavior, you are more likely to succeed in raising an excellent pet. You can reward your dog’s loyalty by returning the love and being a great friend. Imagine yourself in your dog’s position. You would certainly hope your owners educate themselves as much as possible.