Dogs may make motions towards the bowl when they are ready to eat. A dog that’s scratching at the door to the yard probably needs to do his business. If he needs love and attention, he might look at you with those ‘puppy dog’ eyes! Sadly, not everything he wants is to easily communicated, so read on to learn more about a dog’s needs.
Keep in mind that dogs are expensive. Food and supplies can run you over one thousand dollars a year. Getting into a vet if you have an emergency can cost quite a bit of money, sometimes in the thousands, so you may need pet health insurance too.
Your dog needs to have an annual checkup, the same as you do. Your dog can’t talk, it might be difficult to find out what is wrong if there is an issue. You need to go to the vet every year to get a check up.
If there are prescription and other medications within your home, keep them away from your dog. If the dog gets near the pills, then just a few of them could do serious harm and result in a trip to emergency room. If your dog happens to get into any such pills, call your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
Adequate exercise is an important consideration for dog owners. Regular play and exercise is essential to keep your dog happy, both physically and mentally. Regardless of the activity you choose, whether it is a game of fetch or a walk around the neighborhood, both of you will benefit. In addition to providing much needed exercise, you will develop a lifelong bond with your pup.
Do not buy the cheapest dog food you can find. Over the course of the dogs life he will be much healthier if you stick to high quality food with plenty of nutritional value. While this could mean that you’re going to have to pay more money, you can know that you’re doing the best for your dog to keep it healthy.
Fostering a dog teaches you about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Animals are overcrowded in shelters, and the resources available for them are not abundant. Fostering will help you become adapted to the life of a pet owner, and you will be making a difference in the life of a dog at the same time!
Trim all hair surrounding the dog’s paws so that it does not become matted. Straighten hair with a comb a bit before you trim it. If you lack the confidence to attempt this, take the dog to a professional groomer.
Remember that too many people training your dog can mess up the training. Everyone has their own unique ways of training, and having multiple people trying to train a dog differently can leave it confused. Pick a single person to be responsible for all training, and let others support the decisions made by demanding the same standards of behavior from the dog.
Dogs tend to get cuts and scrapes on their paws from things they step on. If your dog suffers a cut, clean it with antiseptic and bandage the wound. If the cut is deep, contact a vet.
If your dog happens to have an accident in the house, make sure you remove all traces of it. Use a cleaner that’s professional strength and follow that up with a good odor remover. If you leave behind any type of a scent from the dog’s accident they may end up using the bathroom again in that spot.
We may understand dog emotions via facial expressions and after a millenia, that may be true. After reading this, you may understand a lot more about your dog than what his body is saying. Your dog will love that you do this!