Would you like to get a puppy from the pound? Or are you interested in buying from a breeder? No matter what kind of dog you want, you are sure to be loved. Responsibility comes with that love, so check out the following article to help you understand what’s involved in caring for your pet.
Your dog needs a stimulating environment if it is going to live a long and healthy life. Providing him or her with one is not really that hard. Simply make sure you take your dog for walks each day, and purchase a few toys that you and your pet can play with together.
If your young dog is teething and gnawing at everything, buy him a fun chew toy and keep it in the fridge. Not only does this provide him with a good alternative to your furniture, but the cold will help to make his gums feel better. Most younger dogs gnaw out of necessity, not poor manners.
Do you have a “wrinkly” dog, like a bulldog? If so, you have to be conscientious about the grooming process in order to help keep your pet clean. After you brush, take a baby wipe and use it to get in between the folds on their body. Make sure, though, to get them fully dry after doing so.
If your dog will be outside, he will need a dog house. If his feet get wet, being exposed to extreme weather can cause health issues and stress. Make certain your dog house has a good floor that keeps your dog up off the ground and dry.
Dedicate enough time to correcting bad behavior right away. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. You don’t want to be the owner of a dog who hurts someone, so get a handle on it now.
It is very important for you to keep your dog’s ears clean. Keeping the inside of the ears clean will help prevent infections of the ear. This is also a good time for you to inspect the ear for fleas, ticks and any other pests that could have made your dog’s ear home.
In order to make sure that your dog is healthy, be sure to allow it to have access to clean water at all times during the day. Just like with all living beings, water is one of the most important components. The only exception would be that you would want to keep water from a puppy for three hours before bedtime.
House-training your dog will be much easier if you adopt a routine. You should go for walks regularly throughout the day and come home during your lunch break if necessary. If your dog has to be home alone for long hours, do not leave a bowl full of water unless it is very hot.
You should now know what taking care of a dog entails, so get ready to take that purebred or mutt home! Always be open to new information about dog ownership, and learn from your dog as well. There are many forums that are great for dog owners. Keep learning throughout your life.