You might think that you will find your dream dog at the local animal shelter or pet store. You might end up with something really different. No matter what the situation, you need to be a good pet owner, and the following paragraphs will help you do just that.
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.
Avoid insisting that your dog socialize nicely with every other passing dog. Experts recommend that your dog be able to tolerate introductions through sniffing and eying with another animal, but say forcing the issue can create problems. Accept your dog’s lead when meeting and greeting other animals and allow for natural interaction.
Your dog needs to be secured when in a car. Not only will it make the journey safer, as it will lead to fewer distractions for the person driving the car, but in the event of an accident, it could also save your dog’s life. Look for a seat belt harness, often sold at pet stores, that you can put in your car for your pet.
Avoid giving your dog scraps from your table. This will make him want human food every time you have a meal. In fact, a steady supply of scraps may encourage your dog to gain unhealthy amounts of weight and set off serious digestive problems. While you and your family dine, keep your dog in another room so that table-feeding isn’t an option.
It can be really helpful to incorporate hand signals with verbal commands when first training your dog. Your dog may pick things up much easier when they are given these type of signals. Try these things to find out what is the best for your pet.
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.
Know the basics of pet first-aid if you have a dog in your family. Being able to react quickly in an emergency, such as your pooch being bitten by a snake, can mean the difference between life and death. Read a good book on the subject or ask your vet to brief you on the basics.
When clipping a puppy’s toenails, start slow. Introduce your little dog to them before you begin cutting. You may only be able to get a single nail done during a sitting. It could take some time for puppy to become comfortable with the idea of nail clipping, but soon, you will be able to get through it all at once.
Make sure that you use the tips and advice from above. Use it all, and soon you may see that your dog is responding in just the way you’ve always dreamed of. Happy dogs give unconditional love, and that is what you should strive to achieve.