Hungry dogs often scratch their food bowl. If your dog needs to go potty, he may paw at your door. Your dog may stare at you when looking for love. Unfortunately it is not always easy to read what a dog is looking for.
Being a dog owner can be very costly. You need to pay for high quality food, regular vet care, and various supplies. This can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. You should also look into purchasing a good pet health insurance policy to avoid high medical bills.
Just like humans, dogs should go to the vet for a checkup yearly. Your dog can’t speak to tell you he’s in pain. Getting your dog checked up on annually will allow you to know if there are any problems.
Dogs don’t talk so you should learn his non-verbal language. For instance, if your dog is hesitating, it is not a good idea to force him to approach a person or another animal. If you do, someone may get hurt. Watch for these non-verbal hints and let the dog guide your actions.
If you’re taking your pup on a vacation, make sure that you take a picture of him for on your phone. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
Resist the urge to give your dog table scraps. Not only will table scraps turn your dog off on their regular food, but it will also teach them to constantly beg. A dog fed on table scraps will be prone to unhealthy weight gain, disruptive digestive problems, and other health issues. While you and your family dine, keep your dog in another room so that table-feeding isn’t an option.
Avoid buying your dog bargain-based food. The brands that are cheaper actually have lots of additives, preservatives and other harmful ingredients that can endanger the health of your dog. Find a list of recommended dog foods from the vet or an advocate for animals. Your dog will get good benefits from the right kind of food.
Your dog will need a dog house if it is going to be outside in colder temperatures. Particularly if his feet get wet, extended exposure to extreme temperatures causes stress and can lead to health complications. Protect them from precipitation and wind by providing them a dry and spacious shelter.
Your dog’s claws must be trimmed. Once they get to a length where they are curling under, this is likely to cause your dog some pain. It is easy to purchase a pair of clippers and attend to these yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then you can hire a groomer to do it for a little bit of money.
Schedule a vet appointment before adopting a shelter dog. Shelter dogs have likely been exposed to all kinds of viruses, such as parvo and distemper, which are deadly. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.
Given the close ties between humans and dogs, it is not surprising that many people seem to have the ability to read dogs’ facial expressions accurately. You now know more about communicating with and taking care of your dog. Your dog will thank you for that.