When you are trying to find a dog, you may imagine a sweet dog that sleeps right next to you and happily tags along all day. This may not be the reality when you take the pet home, however. No matter which dog you end up with, you now have to learn how to care for your pup.
TIP! Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Before you bring a dog into your home, you should be sure that the area you’re bringing it to is safe.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. Studies have shown that this leads to the pet living a longer and much healthier life. Not only that, but neutered and spayed dogs feel less need to wander away from home, so they are not as likely to be hit by a vehicle or become lost.
TIP! Your dog needs to have an annual checkup, the same as you do. Since your dog does not speak the human language, he simply cannot tell you if his tooth aches or his arthritis is making it difficult for him to walk.
Praise your dog when he behaves or performs in the way that you have been training him to. You need to reward good behavior. He’ll learn that praise will come when he is good, too.
TIP! Always have your dog on a leash when he’s off your property. A wild animal could draw his attention and make him run off into danger, or an unexpected provocation could result in some unpleasant situation with other people and their dogs.
Regularly brushing your dog’s fur won’t just stop your pet from shedding on your furniture. Brushing every day can also help your dog to have a shiny and beautiful coat. Oil is distributed as you brush their hair, which keeps both fur and skin healthy.
TIP! Talk with your vet about the foods you should feed your dog. Puppies can’t eat adult food and vice versa.
When selecting a brand of dog food for your pet, read the labels carefully and avoid the cheapest brands. When you look at the big picture, it is good for your dog to consume nutritious, good quality food. Although this could mean paying a higher price for a better brand, at least you know that your pet is getting the required amount of nutrients in their diet.
TIP! Don’t purchase cheap dog food. Cheap dog food contains lots of preservatives and additives that your dog doesn’t need.
Train your pet on how to behave correctly when leashed. They should walk by your side, instead of behind or in front of you, and they must respond to “heel.” If you walk in this way, you will be sure that your pet is safe so that your walks are more enjoyable. Even if your dog is sometimes walked on a loose leash, it should still know the command anyway.
TIP! Rather than purchasing an actual meat bone for your dog, go with rawhide instead. Bones can fall apart and become lodged between teeth or digestive system.
If you have a pure bred dog, make sure you educate yourself on what type of problems are “normal” for that breed. Check your dog’s genetic background if possible to determine if he is more likely to develop certain medical conditions. Ask your veterinarian what steps can be taken to prevent issues that are common with your dog’s breed.
TIP! You shouldn’t make your dog do something it doesn’t want to do. If your dog doesn’t want it, don’t force him to eat it.
If you are interested in adopting a pure breed, consider visiting the dog pound. There are people who drop off pets for many different reasons, such as moving abroad or the death of an owner. You can contact the local dog shelter to see what breeds are there. You may be saving a dog’s life.
TIP! Take the time to correct bad behavior in your dog at the first sign of it. When you let it go, he thinks it is okay to do.
Make sure that your female dog is contained well if she’s in heat. This will help to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. A male dog can smell a female in heat from up to five miles away. In addition, a female dog in heat can cause fighting among dogs in the local area. If you don’t want a set of puppies, keep her away from male dogs.
TIP! Always make sure your dog understands how to walk correctly 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.
With so much good information available about dog care, you would be wise to heed this great advice. Use it so that your dog can be all you wish him to be. A dog that is happy will always love you, so be sure that you use this advice to your advantage!
TIP! If you have to go out, leave the TV or radio on when you leave. The sound will help him feel more secure and not as alone.