No matter your experience with dogs, you should be aware of how much is involved in dog care. This is not something you can just jump into with no information. To increase your knowledge, take a look at the tips below.
Obviously, dogs are unable to sleep. Therefore, you have to pay attention to your canine’s non-verbal cues. You should never pressure your pet into interacting with strangers, be they human or canine. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. Watch for these non-verbal hints and let the dog guide your actions.
If you have medication is your home, even if it is just over-the-counter medication, place it where your dog cannot access it. Many medicines that benefit you can be harmful or fatal to your dog. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.
Provide your dog with rawhide to chew on rather than actual meat bones. Real animal bones can chip and pose a danger to your dog’s digestive tract and mouth. Rawhide is very healthy and will help your dog develop some strong teeth. Never ever give him a real bone!
If your dog spends time outside, he should have a good house. You can purchase one or build one yourself if you are handy. If his feet get wet, being exposed to extreme weather can cause health issues and stress. Protect them from precipitation and wind by providing them a dry and spacious shelter.
Do not try to feed your dog something they do not like. If you purchase a treat your dog doesn’t appear to like, just try another brand rather than making him eat. When you have a dog, get to know his likes and dislikes.
Make sure your dog knows how to properly walk while it’s leashed. Your dog should learn to walk by the side of you, teach them to ‘heel’. Your dog will be safer in this position, and you’ll both enjoy your walks more this way. When you dog understands the command to heel, you can relax occasionally and walk with a loose leash without having your arm pulled off.
You can always choose to foster a dog for a few weeks if you’re not sure about making the full commitment of dog ownership. Many homeless and abused animals are waiting in shelters for someone to adopt them and with over-crowding, resources are slim. Fostering an animal will help animals and help you decide whether or not you would like to keep a dog of your own.
Properly caring for your dog should be easier now that you know more on this topic. You just need to be as loving and patient as possible with your pet. Conduct a bit of research and make sure that both you and your dog are happy.