Raising a dog is a big undertaking and long term commitment. The responsibilities that come along with owning a pet are numerous, however so are the rewards. This article aims to provide you with a few useful tips to help you with the different aspects of owning and caring for a dog.
Just like humans, dogs should go to the vet for a checkup yearly. Dogs can’t talk, so how do you know he has arthritis, for example? Regular checkups will assure these issues are caught before they turn into something big.
Because non-verbal communication is vital to dogs, you should devote yourself to learning how to read your dog’s signals. If you notice your dog is hesitant to meet a particular person or dog, don’t force it. This can lead to a bad ending for your dog, the other pooch or the other person. Look out for non-verbal hints so that the dog can guide your actions.
Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to command the dog and stick to it. Dogs can become confused if the same words are not used to give them directions. The dog will see “get over here”?and “come”?as two different commands.
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. If he gets lost, you have a recent picture you can immediately access in order to print “lost” flyers.
Don’t let a dog go off property without their leash, even if they’re well behaved. Dogs are easily distracted by other animals, cars, and kids, so always make sure to keep your dog on a leash for his own safety. You are solely responsible for the dog’s actions and for the dog’s safety as well.
Try to always be aware of how your dog is feeling. If your dog seems to be nervous, fearful, or scared of certain things, you should take note of this and try to avoid putting your dog in a stressful situation. When a dog is stressed or afraid, you could traumatize your dog if you insist that it stays in the stressful situation.
Never give your dog milk! It’s not necessary for his body and he doesn’t have the proper enzymes to digest it anyway. Feeding your dog cow’s milk can lead to chronic diarrhea and leave him with an upset stomach, among other health problems. Stick with plain old water for a healthy and hydrated dog.
Remember that dogs are creatures of habit and anything you start with him will be expected in the future. If you’re not keen on him sleeping with you, don’t let him do it only on occasion. Likewise, if you don’t want him begging at the table, never offer him a bite of people food. He will learn and accept things if you are consistent.
There are few greater joys in life than the love you can share with your loyal companion. It won’t always be a walk in the park but the rewards are more than worth it. Enjoy your pup and continue to learn more to help keep your lives happy and healthy.