Would you like to rescue a puppy from the pound? Are you interested in getting a pure breed through a breeder? No matter what kind of dog you want, you are sure to be loved. Along with the love comes responsibility, so read through the article below to get an idea of what you are in for once you bring your new friend home.
Make sure that your dog is spayed or neutered. Research has proven that this can help your dog live longer and also specifically help prevent cancer. Besides, a neutered dog will be less likely to run away or to get in fights with other animals.
Dogs can’t talk, so you must learn their body language. If your dog seems hesitant when meeting another person or dog, do not force them to interact. That could lead to another person or dog being bitten. Take heed of these non-verbal cues, and act accordingly.
Do not buy the cheapest dog food. Cheap brands usually contain ingredients that can be harmful to the health of your dog. Try using animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness to get a list of great dog foods that have high professional recommendations. Your dog can really benefit from better food.
Avoid pushing things that your dog dislikes onto him. If you’ve bought a treat that your dog doesn’t seem to interested in, don’t try to make your dog eat it. Keep an eye on your dog’s likes and dislikes.
When you first notice behavior problems in your dog, take proper steps to correct the behavior. Ignoring it for a while can make it harder to correct later and you don’t know what may happen if you don’t. Not only will it be difficult to curb the bad behavior, he can pose physical harm to you or someone you love.
Make sure your dog always has trimmed nails. If they start to curl, your dog may feel a lot of pain. You can purchase clippers and do this at home. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming them yourself, a groomer can do it for little money.
If your welcome a new dog into your family, immediately schedule a check up for him. Do this as soon as your dog arrives at your doorstep. Your dog will get a vaccination schedule and a checkup. Consider having your pup spayed or neutered as there is already an overpopulation problem.
Trim all hair surrounding the dog’s paws so that it does not become matted. Prior to trimming the hair, make sure the hair is straight by using a comb. If you’d prefer, you could have a groomer do this for you.
Now you should know what goes into caring for your pet as best you can so now you should be able to bring a new pet home! There will always be things you don’t know, so don’t stop learning. Consider joining forums to discuss your new pal with others who own dogs. You will be learning throughout your life, so keep it going.