Having a dog for a pet is a joyful experience, but sometimes, it can be hard. In order to have a great dog who you truly love to be around, there are some important things you must consider. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips you can use when it comes to being a responsible pet owner.
Always, have your dog spayed or neutered. Statistically speaking, dogs who are “fixed” live longer lives and are less prone to cancer. Besides, a neutered dog will be less likely to run away or to get in fights with other animals.
If you’re taking your pup on a vacation, make sure that you take a picture of him for on your phone. If he is ever separated from you, it will be easy to show people what he looks like or print out flyers with a recent picture showing that you are looking for him.
If you have over-the-counter medication or prescription medication in your home, keep it in a place the dog can’t access it. Consuming even a single pill can cause serious health problems or your dog. You should contact your vet right away if your dog swallows some medication.
If you have a dog that does something right, like sitting when you’re getting out the leash, you should give the animal lots of praise and affection. This will show that you appreciate what your dog is doing. This will teach your dog that praise comes from good behavior.
Don’t purchase cheap dog food. The cheaper brands actually contain a lot of preservatives, additives and other ingredients that can compromise your dog’s health. Try using animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness to get a list of great dog foods that have high professional recommendations. You will see a difference in your dog’s activity level and general happiness when you feed him “good” food.
Provide your dog with rawhide to chew on rather than actual meat bones. Bones can fall apart and become lodged between teeth or digestive system. Rawhide is healthy for their teeth and gums, so don’t share your bones, even if the dog wants it!
There are various techniques to follow when caring for your dog. It is a bit tougher than just choosing a cute puppy. Caring for your dog is a lot of work. Take advantage of the things you’ve learned and have a great time with your dog.