A dog is a person’s very best friend, as the saying goes. Millions of dog owners know that to be true. The challenge that you must be as good a friend to your dog as he is to you. If you use the tips below, you are going to be able to know you are a great friend to your dog.
It takes quite a bit of money to take good care of a dog. Every dog is going to need supplies, good food, and will also need medical care. After all is said and done this could cost about $800 or more. You should also look into purchasing a good pet health insurance policy to avoid high medical bills.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
While you can hug your dog, you should avoid kissing your dog. Dog kisses are cute, in theory, but understand a dog’s mouth is typically very dirty. Keep in mind that dogs drink from toilet bowls and eat whatever is on the ground. It’s a folk tale that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans. However, this simply is not the case.
If you have prescription or over-the-counter medication in the house, make sure that your dog does not have access to it. Consuming even a single pill can cause serious health problems or your dog. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.
When you are trying to teach your dog new tricks, you should always be patient. Different dogs will learn things differently. If your dog isn’t picking up a new trick right away, give him time. You could also try changing your teaching method. Your dog may respond better to a different approach.
If your puppy or dog is constantly chewing up your furniture, invest in some chew-toys. Scatter them around the floor, especially around the legs of the sofa and end-tables. Be enthusiastic about your offers to play with the chewies with your dog to encourage frequent use. This should eventually deter him from chomping your furniture.
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.
After reading these tips, you should now have the information you need to be a true pal to the animal who has always been true to you. Just make sure that you try each tip out to see what works best for you and your dog. That way, both of you are happy.