Are you the owner of a dog that has bad behavior? Has he made a habit of chewing shoes or furniture in your home? Maybe it’s time to give your dog a lesson in proper behavior. Look at this piece to get your dog in check.
TIP! Make your home doggie-proof. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home.
Make your home doggie-proof. Before you bring a new dog home, make sure the whole area is safe. All cleaning materials and drugs must be put away, and put your trash receptacle inside a cabinet. Many common types of house plants can be toxic, so it pays to eliminate or move them.
TIP! Make sure that your dog gets neutered. Research shows that doing this can make your animal live longer and reduce their cancer risks.
Take some time to become familiar with your canine’s non-verbal language. Hesitant dogs need to be taken out of fearful situations. It could end up with someone getting bit. Watch for these non-verbal hints and let the dog guide your actions.
TIP! When bringing dogs on vacation, it pays to take a photo of them to keep on your phone. If they’re separated from you, then you’ll have a current photo that you can easily access and show others or to download for “lost” flyers.
If there are prescription and other medications within your home, keep them away from your dog. Swallowing just a few pills could lead to catastrophic health issues for your dog, including a seizure or heart attack. Make sure you have your veterinarian’s number handy in case your dog does accidentally swallow your medicine.
TIP! Don’t give table scraps to your dog. If you feed from the table, he’ll become a beggar and stop eating his own food.
Avoid giving your dog scraps from your table. If you do, he will hang around you constantly wanting more every time you eat. Your dog may also stop eating his own food as much. “People food” can also make dogs sick and contribute to obesity. Don’t allow your dog to beg at the table while you are eating.
TIP! If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. You need the dog to realize that he or she has done something you like.
If the dog is doing something right, like sitting before he is leashed, lavish him with praise and affection. By rewarding your pup when it does the right thing, you’ll be teaching it to do these behaviors more often. He’ll learn that praise will come when he is good, too.
TIP! Speak with your vet about the amount of food you should be feeding your dog each day. Some people refer to the label on the package to determine the quantity of food to feed their dogs, but those guidelines are not always right and using them can cause your dog to become overweight.
Don’t buy your dog cheap dog food. Cheap dog food usually includes fillers (such as corn or soybeans) which are not appropriate for dogs. It may also contain poor quality ingredients which may hurt your dog’s health over time. Check with animal advocacy groups or consumer reviews to find the best dog foods that are recommended by professionals. Your dog will be much healthier if you feed it some healthy food.
TIP! If separation anxiety plagues your dog, or you want your dog to feel less lonely, play some music while you are at work. The sound of music could help him feel more secure and keep him company.
Never give your dog a real bone to chew on. Real bones can splinter and can get caught in your dog’s mouth or digestive tract. Rawhide bones are tested and veterinary approved, and they can benefit your dog’s teeth and gums too. Treat your dog to one regularly.
TIP! Identification will be great in the event that your dog gets away from you. It’s a good idea to fit your dog with a sturdy collar equipped with ID tags.
Allowing your dog’s bad behavior cannot continue. There is no need to watch him growling at everyone who visits your house or the total destruction of all your household items. Your dog’s good behavior lies squarely at your feet. Remember the tips that you read here and teach your dog good behavior.
TIP! Get into puppy politics. Be on the lookout for changes in local laws and ordinances that may restrict and regulate a dog owner’s rights.