Dogs are known for their loyalty and trusty companionship, making them an ideal pet. But generally, you have to make them that way. It’s up to you to teach them manners and take proper care of them. The information below will help.
Keep in mind that dogs are expensive. High quality dog food, medical care, toys and treats can easily run close to $1,000 in a year. A sick dog could cost you tens of thousands! Look into doggie health insurance!
While it’s great to show your dog affection, you shouldn’t kiss them. A dog has a very filthy mouth. Dogs rummage through trash, drink toilet water and lick other dog’s body parts. Some believe the mouth of a dog is even cleaner than our own. It is not necessarily true.
Ask your vet what kinds of foods you should feed to your dog and what to stay away from. Different breeds and stages of development might mean that certain brands and types of food cause an upset stomach. Use care when feeding your dog.
If your dog has to stay outside during cold weather, give him a dog house. If your dog happens to get his feet wet for a long period of time in cold temperatures, it can cause health complications. Give your dog a shelter that is spacious and dry, and your dog will be protected from the hard winds and dampness.
If you want to get a pet from a shelter, find a vet who can examine your new dog. Shelter dogs may have come into contact with viruses or may be ill already. Giving your dog shots before taking it home will keep everyone healthy.
Take the time to train your dog on a leash. The dog needs to stay beside you, not behind or in front of you. It also needs to know the command “heel”. This will ensure that your pet is not too far ahead or behind you. If you are using a loose leash, you help your dog to realize this is the best way to go about it.
Fostering a dog teaches you about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Many abused and homeless animals are in shelters waiting for adoptions, but there is a lot of overcrowding and many resources are scarce. Fostering is a good way to do a good deed and determine if you want a dog of your own.
Make sure that your dog is not left alone outdoors all day. Dogs need to interact with people or with other animals. Especially if it’s only one dog, it can get very lonely. Also, they could be bitten by ticks, hurt by other animals or even abducted.
Certain dog breeds are prone to particular health issues, so find out what is typical for the type of dog you have. Research his background and prepare for problems he might have. Ask your veterinarian what steps can be taken to prevent issues that are common with your dog’s breed.
You have likely realized that it isn’t terribly hard to care for your dog. You may struggle in the beginning, but by educating yourself on your dog’s care, you will soon be headed for success. By using the tips that you read here, it will be very easy to take care of your pup.