Are you a dog owner? Was a canine friend a part of your family in the past? If this is the case you are aware of how great it is to own a dog. However, dog ownership comes with responsibilities. Neglect these responsibilities and you will miss out on many of the rewards of being a pet owner. The tips in this article will get you going in the right direction.
Make sure that your home is safe for your dog. Prior to bringing your dog into your home, be sure that it is entirely safe. Put all medication and cleaning supplies away, and keep your indoor trash can inside a cabinet. Some plants that are usually kept in the home are poisonous to pets, so move them where your dog cannot get to them, or put them out of your home completely.
It is fine to hug your dog, but avoid those wet kisses. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about. They eat garbage or poop and even sniff other dog’s butts. It’s an old wives’ tale that a dog has a very clean mouth. It certainly isn’t the truth.
Spay or neuter your dog. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.
If you’re taking your pup on a vacation, make sure that you take a picture of him for 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.
Use hand signals when training your dog along with verbal commands. Your dog can figure out things easier when they get these signals. Try these things to find out what is the best for your pet.
Don’t ever give your dog bones. Real bones can break into pieces that can then become dangerous due to how sharp and small they can be. Rawhide is healthy and good for their teeth, so don’t share that T-bone no matter what faces they make.
Your dog’s nails need to be trimmed regularly. Once they get to a length where they are curling under, this is likely to cause your dog some pain. You can always do your own trimming with clippers from the store. If you are worried about doing this, simply take him to a groomer – it doesn’t cost very much to get his nails trimmed.
Take your new dog to a vet. Directly after getting your dog, be sure to make a check up appointment with a trusted vet. The veterinarian will make sure your pet is as healthy as you think he is and also talk to you about vaccinations. Remember that there is a tremendous dog overpopulation problem, so you should have your dog spayed/neutered.
It’s important enough to restate the plain fact here: Owning a dog can be an immensely fulfilling experience. It’s even better if you know what you’re doing. You will now know all about dogs after you have read this article. Enjoy every moment with your dog by putting them to use today!