Even if you don’t have a dog yet, you likely know what a big responsibility dog ownership is. Do not expect to be a perfect owner right away. The tips presented here will help you be a better owner to your dog.
TIP! Take your dog to the vet at least one time a year for checkups. Obviously, dogs don’t speak, so it can be hard to figure out when they’re having problems with their bones or teeth.
Hug your dog, but don’t kiss him. Dog kissing may be adorable, but dogs have awfully dirty mouths. Dogs tend to dig through garbage cans, drink out of toilets and explore the hind quarters of other animals. There is an old wives’ tale that says that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
TIP! You should never give table scraps to your dog. This can make your dog not want to eat his dog food, and it will promote begging.
Just like humans benefit from an annual physical, your dog should see the vet at least once a year. Your dog is not able to talk, so it is not easy to know when he’s got arthritis or an aching tooth. Regular checkups will assure these issues are caught before they turn into something big.
TIP! Your lifestyle can help determine what dog breed is a good match for you. For instance, if you jog, a toy poodle may not be as great a choice as a dog that is able to run with you.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. This helps reduce the probability of cancer and extends the life of your dog. Spayed and neutered dogs wander less often as well, so this reduces likelihood of your dog getting hit on the road or lost.
TIP! Don’t buy the cheapest food for your dog. Cheaper brands usually contain lots of additives and preservatives that can harm your dog’s health.
Use flea treatments with caution. Many contain ingredients that are dangerous to children. Bring up the subject of alternative and family-friendly treatments the next time you see your vet, and always be sure to apply these treatments when no children are present.
TIP! Don’t try forcing anything into your dog. If your dog is not interested in a treat, do not force your pet to eat it.
Never take your dog away from home without a leash, even if he is well-behaved. A wild animal may get his attention and cause him to run off, or he may have a bad situation with others and their dogs. It is your job to keep your dog safe, and to keep him from harming anyone else or causing anyone problems.
TIP! A daily brush does a lot more than just prevent shedding. A daily brush will make their coat radiant and shiny.
You shouldn’t make your dog do something it doesn’t want to do. For instance, don’t force it to eat a treat that it appears to hate. You need to find out what your dog does and does not like.
TIP! If you get a dog that was in a pound or shelter, you must see a vet right away. Shelter dogs have numerous opportunities to be exposed to harmful bacteria and viruses; these can result in dangerous illnesses.
A dog should not be left outside all day. This is done for various reasons, but your dog needs interaction with people. A dog by himself tends to be lonely and not motivated to do anything. In addition, during snowstorms and rainstorms, you need to bring your dog inside to avoid bad weather and extreme temperatures.
TIP! Set up a vet check for a new dog. In fact, do it the same day as you bring the pet home so you don’t forget.
Now that you have some more knowledge about dogs, you should have no trouble caring for them. As long as you care for your dog with love and patience, your pet will let you know what a good job you’re doing. Try to learn as much as you can, and enjoy having a dog around.
TIP! Avoid keeping your dog outdoors all day, every day. Even though a lot of people tend to do this, a dog requires human interaction to feel good.