It’s never going to be easy all of the time when you own a dog. Owning a dog is a bit like raising a child: they need love and kindness, but also food, shelter, exercise, hygiene, and health care. Can you expect to be a responsible dog owner without educating yourself on the topic, though? Read on to find out.
When you have a dog, make sure that you give him enough water. Water should be made available to your dog at all times of the day, particularly in the summertime. Put his water bowl somewhere where no one will trip over it, otherwise you’ll be cleaning your floors all day!
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he or she may eventually come in contact with a skunk. If he gets sprayed, mix together one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, a fourth a cup of baking soda and a quart of hydrogen peroxide solution (but make sure it is no more than three percent). Apply the mixture to your dog’s coat and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash your dog off well afterward.
Ease your dog into knowing a new baby that comes into your home. Dogs can be very jealous and you need to continue to show him plenty of love an affection, even though you’ve got a brand new bundle of joy in your life. Talk to the dog as you handle the baby and keep him in the loop.
Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. This is vital to the care of a happy dog. Many people don’t bother to exercise their dog, thinking that walks are enough. Dogs are active creatures and need to play. Talk to your veterinarian about how much activity your dog needs, and make sure he gets it.
When you get a new dog, it is best that you schedule a check-up at the vet right away. This should be done as soon as he is adopted. The vet will examine your dog. Also discuss with your vet about spaying or neutering your dog because there is a problem of over-population of dogs in shelters.
It is very common for objects to get lodged in the pads of your dogs paws. Check them regularly to make sure that nothing is in there. If you see something, be very careful about taking it out, or it may become lodged even deeper. It is a wise to use tweezers for this.
Make sure you provide your dog with affection on a regular basis. Many owners inadvertently spend more time focusing on their pet’s negative behaviors than on all the good things they do. That could mean trouble later with your dog. Dogs need to be praised five times more frequently than scolding. This will make it more likely that your dog will behave well.
Now that you have learned more about caring for and enjoying your dog, you are ready to apply your knowledge. Although there’s plenty more for you to learn, the basic principles you’ve already picked up should serve you well. When you use these tips to become a more responsible master, your dog will reward you with love.