When you go to the pound or a pet store, you may be dreaming of a sweet dog who sleeps with you all night and follows you around all day. However, the dog you get may have a drastically different personality. No matter what, you have the job of taking care of your dog, and the piece below shows you how.
There are many pleasures derived from dog ownership, but it is also a serious financial commitment. You will have to spend between $700 and $1000 a year to cover food and medical expenses. Also, emergency care is a lot if your dog was to ever get sick; you may want to think about pet insurance.
Give your dog hugs, but don’t kiss him. While those sloppy kisses may be cute, be aware that your dog’s mouth is apt to be crawling with germs and bacteria. Dogs root around in garbage pails, drink enthusiastically from the toilet bowl and love to lick and smell certain body parts of other dogs. Your dog’s mouth is not really any cleaner than a human’s mouth. This is not the truth!
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. You’ll be prepared to take effective action in case your pet gets lost. You can use your recent photo to illustrate just what your dog looks like as well as to print up flyers, if necessary.
Always have your dog on a leash when he’s off your property. Dogs are easily distracted by other animals, cars, and kids, so always make sure to keep your dog on a leash for his own safety. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.
Your lifestyle can help determine what dog breed is a good match for you. For instance, if you are athletic, you might want an active dog, not a poodle. By the same token, if you are a quiet person, you should choose a quiet lap dog. When you find the perfect match, you’ll both be happier!
If your dog does something the correct way, such as sitting before you put the leash on, make sure that you give it tons of affection and praise. Always make sure your dog knows when they perform a behavior you wish to see repeated. Your dog will soon understand that good behavior is rewarded with praise.
If your dog must be outside, build him a house. Especially if your dog’s feet get wet, exposure to very cold temperatures for long time periods can cause stress and other health issues. Protect your dog from wind and precipitation by giving him a shelter that has a dry floor and plenty of space.
A dog’s bad behavior should always be corrected whenever you see the first signs of it. When you let it go, he thinks it is okay to do. Also, the dog may end up hurting someone, perhaps even you.
You’ve just been given a treasure chest full of good advice- don’t throw it away. Use the tips in your life, and you are going to find your dog more closely resembles the dream you had. When a dog loves you unconditionally, it’s happy.