What Every Dog Owner Needs To Know
Dogs are love incarnate. Before you can keep a dog happy and healthy, you must learn how. Building a relationship with your dog starts by reading this article.
It takes quite a bit of money to take good care of a dog. Every dog requires good quality food, general supplies and medical care; this can range in cost from $700 to $1000 per year. Getting into a vet if you have an emergency can cost quite a bit of money, sometimes in the thousands, so you may need pet health insurance too.
Make sure your home is dog-proof. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home. Hide cleaning supplies and medicines and hide trashcans in a cabinet. Some common house plants that are toxic to pets should be removed from your home.
Give your dog hugs, but don’t kiss him. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about. Dogs dig in trash cans, drink from toilet bowls and sniff and lick various body parts on themselves and other dogs. Many people believe that dogs’ mouths do not have as much germs as humans’ mouths. This is absolutely a myth!
Just like humans benefit from an annual physical, your dog should see the vet at least once a year. Because your dog is unable to speak, you may not know for sure when your dog feels sick or has an injury. A yearly checkup will help you find any problems before they become huge issues.
Be sure to have your pet spayed or neutered. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. A spayed or neutered dog is also less likely to stray from its home, meaning it won’t risk getting lost or winding up in a street accident.
When you take your dog with you on vacation, take a picture and save it to 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.
Be sure to show your dog lots of praise and love when they do something good. You need to reward good behavior. It teaches your pup that he will be rewarded for good behavior.
You should always trim your nails. If they get too long, they may start to curl under and cause your dog pain. You can buy clippers in a pet store and do them yourself. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, you can take him to the groomers and have them done for very little money.
If you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away. Illness is common in shelters, and your new pet could be at risk or already nursing an ailment. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.
If you buy a new dog, set up a vet appointment as soon as possible. Immediately after bringing home the new dog, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian. The vet is going to check over your dog to see if everything is okay, as well as set it up to get vaccinations it may need. You should also speak to your vet concerning your dog being spayed or neutered because there is an overpopulation of dogs in shelters.
Always make sure your dog understands how to walk correctly on a leash. Your dog has to understand the “heel” command and respond to it by walking beside you, not ahead of or in back of you. This will ensure that your pet is not too far ahead or behind you. Even if you’re using loose leashes for walking here and there, make sure the dog understands this command.
You can always choose to foster a dog for a few weeks if you’re not sure about making the full commitment of dog ownership. The shelters are full of homeless pups and lack many resources because of the overcrowding. Besides helping you figure out if full-time ownership is right for you, fostering will also do a great deal for the cause of abandoned animals as a whole.
Getting a dog is like adding a new member to your family. It is best, though, if you have knowledge about keeping your dog happy and healthy. Hopefully this article has helped you learn more about caring for your dog.