Owning a dog is fun but you should not take your responsibilities as a dog owner lightly. It is your job to keep your dog happy and healthy every day. Knowing how to achieve balance with your pooch will take a lot of work, and reading the information below will be a good start.
Make your home safe for your dog. Before bringing home your new pup, make sure that it’s safe. Put up all of your cleaning supplies and medications, and be sure you put away any trash cans. Some house plants are poisonous, so keep them away from your dog’s reach or remove them.
Take your dog to the vet at least one time a year for checkups. It can be difficult to know what could be causing your dog pain since they cant talk to you. A veterinary checkup can speak when your dog cannot, and it might help you to detect health problems before they become severe.
When you get a puppy, have him fixed at around two years old. A neutered dog will live longer and have less risks of developing cancer. Besides, a neutered dog will be less likely to run away or to get in fights with other animals.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Even if the dog were to eat a couple of pills, it could have very life threatening effects. Be sure to contact your vet if your dog swallows your medication.
Your lifestyle should be a determining factor in the breed of dog that you choose. Do not buy a dog that is lazy if you are very active. Likewise if you spend quite a lot of time at home you may want to get a dog that likes to be pampered a lot. Avoiding a mismatch means both of you will be happier.
Your dog’s claws must be trimmed. If they get too long, they may start to curl under and cause your dog pain. You can buy clippers in a pet store and do them yourself. If you’d prefer, you can have the groomers trim your pup’s nails.
If you’re going to adopt a new dog from an animal shelter, you need to get a vet appointment scheduled as soon as possible. Shelter dogs have numerous opportunities to be exposed to harmful bacteria and viruses; these can result in dangerous illnesses. A full check-up, a clean bill of health, and a full complement of the necessary shots is the best way to start off your relationship with your dog.
Teach your dog the right way to walk with a leash. He should be on your side, not behind or ahead of you, and he should know how to respond when told to “heel.” This keeps you and your dog safe as you walk. If you are using a loose leash, you help your dog to realize this is the best way to go about it.
The information you just read should help you get started. If you put these tips into practice, you’ll get great results. Just remember that it’s unfair to keep a dog if you don’t intend to put in the effort necessary to care for them responsibly.