A dog is much like a child in that you have to care for him night and day. At the same time, your dog can’t talk back, nor can he draw on the walls. While kids and dogs each have their own pros and cons, this article only discusses how to care for your dog.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
Yearly physicals help you and yearly vet checks help your dog. Since your dog cannot talk to you, it may be hard to determine when arthritis is setting in or a tooth begins hurting. You need to go to the vet every year to get a check up.
Your dog cannot speak, so you have to interpret non-verbal cues. If you notice that your dog is timid around strangers or other dogs, you shouldn’t attempt to force its interaction with them. This can lead to a bad ending for your dog, the other pooch or the other person. Watch for these non-verbal hints and let the dog guide your actions.
It is a great idea to put hand signals in use when you are training your pet; use them in conjunction with words. It may be easier for your dog to learn commands if they see a visual signal. Try these things to find out what is the best for your pet.
If you notice your dog gets dry skin in the winter, you probably need to brush him or her more often. Doing so will get rid of old fur and help get their oil glands working properly. Try brushing once in the morning and once in the evening to see if it makes a difference for your pet.
Give your dog rawhide instead of real meat bones. Real bones can chip and splinter, this can cause your dog to choke and wreak havoc on his digestive tract. Rawhide is very healthy and will help your dog develop some strong teeth. Never ever give him a real bone!
Whenever you adopt from the pound, take the dog straight to the vet. Shelter dogs may have come into contact with viruses or may be ill already. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.
If you want a dog that behaves well you must take the time to properly train it. If you do not do this then you will almost surely be dealing with behavioral problems for the length of the dog’s life. Training is the only way that you can prevent this from happening.
A dog is around for only around ten to fifteen years, so making the most of his life is extremely important. This article provides you with so much data, you may find it overwhelming. That said, take it one step at a time and you can make your dog’s short life amazing.