Think Like A Dog. Be A Great Pet Owner.
Even if you don’t have a dog yet, you likely know what a big responsibility dog ownership is. You need to be prepared before you jump into it. Continue reading to learn much more on quality dog care.
It can cost a lot to take care of a dog. When you add up the medical care, food and supplies in general, your costs could run from $700-$1000 annually. Pet health insurance can help; although you will pay a monthly or yearly fee, you will often be covered if a big medical emergency occurs for your pet.
Make sure your home is dog-proof. Make sure any area your dog will be in is safe. Make sure chemicals, medications and any garbage is out of reach of the dog. Some house plants are poisonous, so keep them away from your dog’s reach or remove them.
Just as you need an annual physical exam, dogs do as well. Because your dog is unable to speak, you may not know for sure when your dog feels sick or has an injury. A checkup once a year will help diagnose any problems.
Obviously, dogs are unable to sleep. Therefore, you have to pay attention to your canine’s non-verbal cues. When dogs seem hesitant upon meeting others, never force an interaction. This could lead to the other dog or person getting bit. Watch your dog and be aware of his actions.
Train your dog in your backyard or home, as these are safe, convenient areas. Don’t train in a park. This will make it more difficult for your dog to pay attention.
Give your dog rawhide instead of real meat bones. Real bones can break into pieces that can then become dangerous due to how sharp and small they can be. Also, rawhide is better for the health of your dog’s teeth.
Correct bad behavior the first time you see it from your dog. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. If your dog is not under control, he could end up hurting you or someone else.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about dogs, it shouldn’t be hard to care for them. You must remain loving and patient and you will soon see that your dog appreciates it. Make sure you continue to keep your knowledge levels up-to-date about how to care for your dog.