Owning The Perfect Dog For Your Family
Want to rescue a dog? Do you want a purebred dog complete with papers, from a breeder? Any dog will enrich your life, whether it is a plain old mixed breed or comes with a fancy pedigree. It also comes with responsibility and you can learn about that in the following article.
Just like humans, dogs should go to the vet for a checkup yearly. Because your dog can’t speak with you, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain like if it has arthritis. Annual checkups can catch issues before they develop into something serious.
Get your dog spayed or neutered. This reduces the chances of cancer and helps keep the stray animal population down. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.
Avoid giving your dog scraps from your table. If you do, he will hang around you constantly wanting more every time you eat. Your dog may also stop eating his own food as much. Table scraps are also not nutritionally sound for a dog, and this might mean digestive problems, obesity, and other ailments. You need to make sure your dog is not near the dinner table. This will make it easier for your pet (and you!) to avoid temptation.
Never let the dog go off your land without its leash, regardless of its good behavior. A dog might run after an animal and get into trouble, or it might get into a fight with another animal. You will be responsible for your dog’s actions and safety.
Let your lifestyle determine what breed of dog you should bring into your home. For instance, if you love to run, get a dog that loves to run too, and leave the miniature breed for someone who is less active. However, if you’re someone who stays mainly at home then seek out a small dog that loves to be adorned with lots of love while lounging around the house. Getting the right fit for you will give you both much more joy.
Avoid the bargain brands of pet food. The cheaper dog foods have tons of additives and preservatives which aren’t the best for your dog. Check out professional recommendations from groups online. Your dog will be much better off.
Make sure that your dog receives plenty of exercise. Regular exercise is a necessity, as is playtime in order to keep him physically and mentally happy. Not only will your dog benefit from exercise, you will as well. Exercise is a great way to bond with your pet.
Schedule a veterinary checkup for your new dog. This should be done as soon as he is adopted. A vet will make sure the dog is healthy and also set up a future schedule of vaccinations. Also discuss with your vet about spaying or neutering your dog because there is a problem of over-population of dogs in shelters.
Make sure that your dog is not kept outside your home all day long. While this happens quite often, a dog needs interaction during the day. If you have a single dog, it may feel lonely outside on its own. You need to bring your dog inside the house when it is inclement weather outside.
If your dog seems sad and lonely, consider investing in a friend for him. Dogs are usually in packs by nature and this means they enjoy being around one another. Choose a friend for your dog that has the same energy level and temperament and you will make your dog very happy.
Now you are aware of what you need to do to take care of your dog the best you can. Learn everything that you can by searching the Internet often for new ideas about dog care. You should think about joining a forum to talk to other dog owners. Learning never stops, so keep reading.