For thousands of years now, dogs have been domestic animals. That very history shows that man and dog have been partners for so long for a very good reason. However, as the human, you have to make sure that your dog is well taken care of. You should keep reading to learn more about being a good dog owner.
Never hit your dog. There are better ways to train a dog without having to resort to violence. The best way to train a dog is to reinforce positive behaviors with treats and attention. Negative behavior should be handled with a stern and disapproving voice as opposed to striking the animal.
It’s a great idea to keep a snap-shot of your dog handy (a digital pic on your phone is ideal) whenever you’re traveling with him. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
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.
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.
Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular veterinary exams are extremely important for your dog’s overall health – as with humans, it is important to catch any health problems early on. The vet will make sure that your dog is up to date on his vaccinations, and check for any other issues such as weight and dental problems or parasites.
Schedule a vet appointment before adopting a shelter dog. They may be carrying some sort of illness that they picked up at the shelter. The best thing to do is to ensure that you new dog has all the necessary vaccinations before it comes home with you.
Keep your dog warm during winter with the latest in canine fashion and accessories. You may think it’s just for show, but dogs need protection from the elements too! Keeping your dog’s paw-pads dry is essential to their health in sub-freezing weather, so invest in suede or leather footwear and pick him up a coat while you’re at it. Make them instead if you are creative!
As the human, you’re job is to make sure that your dog’s needs are met. If you have the right information, this duty becomes easier to carry out. That is where the information you have just read comes in. The tips you have learned here should make you and your dog happy.