How To Keep Your New Puppy Healthy

 

Being a dog owner can bring you a lot of happiness, but it can also bring you a lot of stress. To enjoy time with a dog, you must know some things. The following tips give you a good idea of the responsibilities you will have.

Be wary of the flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. Some of them contain chemicals that can increase the risk of cancer in children, and are 1,000 times as strong as the safe levels recommended by the EPA. Ask the vet about flea powders and other products that are less hazardous for kids.

TIP! It can cost a lot to take care of a dog. Food, vet care and supplies can add up quickly.

Training your dog should be done in your yard or inside your home. Don’t train them in any areas full of people. They may get distracted and it will be more difficult to teach them even the most basic commands.

Never allow your dog to leave your yard without a leash even if he seems very trustworthy and calm. There are a number of distractions that could cause your dog to run off into a dangerous situation. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.

Try hand signals in conjunction with verbal commands when training your dog. Your dog may have a better time understanding you when you use manual signals. Every pet is different though, so use a combination of both verbal and visual cues and then determine what works the best.

TIP! Give your dog hugs, but don’t kiss him. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about.

Ask your vet the amount of food your dog needs daily. Sometimes the guidelines on pet food labels aren’t correct, and following them could lead to obesity. Speak with your vet and work out an appropriate eating plan for your dog.

Get your new pet a veterinary exam. Directly after getting your dog, be sure to make a check up appointment with a trusted vet. Your vet can make health recommendations, make sure that vaccinations are up to date and help with maintenance items like flea care and proper diet. Also discuss the spaying or neutering process with your vet. This can help to eliminate unwanted animals and keep your dog happy and healthy for a longer period of time.

If you are not sure whether dog ownership is a good idea for you, then you might want to try being a foster care provider for a needy dog. There are plenty of animals sitting in homeless shelters who desperately need a home due to over-crowding and limited shelter resources. Fostering a dog could help the cause as well as find you a new companion you cannot bring yourself to return.

TIP! Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. If when meeting a new dog or person you find your dog is filled with dread, remove him from the situation.

Avoid leaving your pup outside all day. Dogs need to interact with people and other dogs. Your dog will get very lonely if it is left outside by itself. Keeping them out for too long also exposes them to the elements, so its best that you bring them inside so they don’t get sick being outside in really bad weather.

There are many different things needed to be the best dog owner you can be. It’s not a simple task choosing a puppy and it magically becomes that great loving companion. You need to be responsible in your care. Improve the quality of your pet’s life (and your own!) by making use of the handy advice you’ve received here.

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