Isn’t it great owning a dog? Everyone seems to love dogs. Dogs love to play, love to give affection, and are very good at cheering their owners up. A dog makes a fabulous companion. That is why you want to make sure you are doing your part to give them the best possible care. Here are some things you can learn if you need to know more.
TIP! Get your dog neutered. Statistics show that doing this can reduce your dog’s cancer risk, which can result in a longer life span.
Your home must be dog-proofed. Before you bring a new dog home, make sure the whole area is safe. Secure the trash can, stow way all medications and put away your regular cleaning supplies. Certain plants are toxic, and it’s best to move them, too.
TIP! Choose the correct flea medicine for your dog. They contain carcinogens proven to cause cancer in kids.
While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. Dogs are prone to tartar build up and cavities just like people. Dogs will eat their own waste, dine on garbage, and gulp water straight from your toilet. It’s an old wives’ tale that a dog has a very clean mouth. This is not true, at all!
TIP! It is a good idea to use hand signals when you are trying to train your dog, instead of just relying on verbal commands. Your dog might learn commands more easily using this approach.
It’s a great idea to keep a snap-shot of your dog handy (a digital pic on your phone is ideal) whenever you’re traveling with him. 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.
TIP! Speak with your vet about the amount of food you should be feeding your dog each day. Simply reading the label on your dog food package may not be enough; your dog may have special needs.
Make sure to keep prescription drugs out of the reach of your dogs. Many medicines that benefit you can be harmful or fatal to your dog. If the dog does consume some medication, contact your veterinarian immediately.
TIP! Get a dog house if you have a dog that you leave outside, in case the weather gets bad. Particularly if his feet get wet, extended exposure to extreme temperatures causes stress and can lead to health complications.
Choose the correct flea medicine for your dog. A lot of these medications have ingredients that can be harmful to children and can cause cancer. Discuss family-friendly alternative flea treatments with your vet. Be sure to store all flea treatments out of the reach of children.
TIP! Solid leash training is a must for any dog. They should walk by your side, instead of behind or in front of you, and they must respond to “heel.
Avoid giving your pup table scraps. This causes regular begging and will cause him to dislike his food. A dog fed on table scraps will be prone to unhealthy weight gain, disruptive digestive problems, and other health issues. To prevent temptation, have your dog separated from the area you eat in.
TIP! If you have a dog that has problems with separation anxiety, or to be nice, you should leave music on when you’re going out of the house. This will help him feel more secure and provide him with a little company.
If you are not sure how often you should feed your dog, ask your vet. Simply reading the label on your dog food package may not be enough; your dog may have special needs. Speak with your veterinarian about what your dog’s needs are and what amounts are proper.
TIP! Give your dog plenty of love. Make sure you don’t only focus on the negative things that your dog does.
Correct your dog’s bad behavior immediately. Ignoring it for any length of time will only make it that much more difficult to contain later and you never know what could happen as a result of it now. Your dog might hurt someone else, or you, so take steps to control him early on.
TIP! Be proactive politically for your pet dog. Keep track of local laws which affect dog owners.
You need to be a great friend to your dog, just like he’s a great friend to you. If you take these tips and put them to good use, you will have a healthy and happy dog. Your dog deserves longevity and happiness, and you can provide that for him.
TIP! Remember the saying “The more people that work on something, the less likely they are to succeed” while you train your dog. Everybody does things differently, and a dog can be confused by having several commanders.