Dog ownership is a special thing, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. You have to understand what makes your dog tick. This article will tell you all about dog ownership.
TIP! Owning a dog is quite a large financial commitment. Every dog requires good quality food, general supplies and medical care; this can range in cost from $700 to $1000 per year.
Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. It should be perfectly safe before you bring a dog in. Put up all of your cleaning supplies and medications, and be sure you put away any trash cans. 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.
TIP! You should have your dog spayed or neutered. Research shows that taking this simple action can help your pet live a longer life, as it can reduce the risk of cancer.
You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. It can be difficult to know what could be causing your dog pain since they cant talk to you. A yearly checkup will help you find any problems before they become huge issues.
TIP! If you’re taking your dog on a trip, be sure that you have a recent picture of them on-hand. That way, if he happens to get separated from the family, you have an up-to-date picture of him that is easily accessible for showing people or can be downloaded for printing up “lost” flyers.
Neuter or spay your dog. It is a known fact that doing this will lessen the probability of your dog getting cancer. 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.
TIP! Let your lifestyle determine what breed of dog you should bring into your home. Joggers should get a high energy dog, for example.
Obviously, dogs are unable to sleep. Therefore, you have to pay attention to your canine’s non-verbal cues. For instance, if your dog is hesitating, it is not a good idea to force him to approach a person or another animal. It could end up with someone getting bit. So pay attention to your dog’s demeanor and make your judgement from these cues.
TIP! Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. While some people follow the direction on the back of the dog food packaging, they are sometimes incorrect and may make your dog overweight.
Keep your dog on leash any time he leaves your fenced yard, regardless of his gentle nature and good behavior. A dog might run after an animal and get into trouble, or it might get into a fight with another animal. You are solely responsible for the dog’s actions and for the dog’s safety as well.
TIP! Avoid buying your dog bargain-based food. Cheap brands usually contain preservatives such as sodium and other additives that can be dangerous for your dog’s health.
A daily brush will do much more than prevent your dog from constant shedding. A daily brush will make their coat radiant and shiny. Oil is distributed as you brush their hair, which keeps both fur and skin healthy.
TIP! When you buy dog food, avoid the cheap stuff. Your dog will be healthier and happier if you feed it the highest quality food.
Make sure to exercise your dog often. Your dog has to be worked out to stay happy and healthy. Whether you decide to take the dog for a walk or if you’re just playing fetch, it will benefit both of you. Exercise is a great way to bond with your pet.
TIP! Make sure your dog knows how to properly walk while it’s leashed. The dog needs to stay beside you, not behind or in front of you.
Don’t buy cheap dog food. In the long run, it is beneficial to be feeding your dog high quality, nutritious food. Though this may cost you a bit more, you can rest easily knowing that the dog is eating properly.
TIP! If you think you want a dog, but are not sure if you are ready for the commitment involved, consider becoming a foster home. A lot of shelters that take in homeless or abused animals have a way to let you adopt them for a while.
If you want to establish a great relationship with your dog, and see that he remains happy and healthy, there are a number of things that you must do. There is more to it than just choosing the cutest puppy. It takes some responsibility on your part. Use the information obtained here to enjoy your pet more and make him feel like part of the family.
TIP! Give your dog a lot of love. As with most things, owners tend to focus more on the bad behavior instead of the good.