There are many different dogs and many different families. It can be a big decision to know which dog is right for you, and how to best care for that dog. Continue ahead to learn about what it takes to make sure you choose the right dog for your situation.
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.
Your pet needs vaccinations, much in the same way that your baby does. Some common vaccinations that dogs require include rabies, hepatitis and distemper. Each pet is different, and each will have a different immunization schedule. Your veterinarian is a great resource when it comes to which vaccinations are right for the age and breed of your pet.
Take your grown dog to the vet at least once a year. The vet will check to see if the dog’s vaccines up to date. In addition, the vet will check the dog’s teeth and vital signs. If any major health or behavioral issues come up between annual checkups, you should see the vet earlier.
If you are struggling to get your pet to behave during a grooming session, apply positive reinforcement. With your words and your tone, praise your dog for anything little thing that he or she does well during the time you are working with him. Give him a treat when you are finished, so he begins to associate grooming with something good. You should turn your dog’s behavior around in no time!
Regularly brushing your dog’s fur won’t just stop your pet from shedding on your furniture. Brushing daily will give them a shiny, beautiful coat. Brushing helps to spread the oil on the skin which results in soft, shiny, and healthy skin.
Your dog’s claws must be trimmed. When they start curling under, the dog runs the risk of experiencing pain. It is easy to purchase a pair of clippers and attend to these yourself. If you aren’t confident enough to do it yourself, take the dog to a local pet groomer.
Check and double check your fenced in yard for spots your dog could escape through before letting him roam. The most secure method of keeping your dog outside is on a long run with a strong collar, but if you are comfortable that your fence can hold him, he’ll enjoy that even more. Just make sure there’s no room for error!
Just like humans, dogs need to get a good amount of exercise each and every day. If your dog does not get the exercise it needs, it health will decline, and so will his attitude towards life. Take the time to exercise your dog for at least a half hour each day for the best results.
Do you feel more confident about taking good care of your pooch? Now you can adopt a dog with peace of mind. Use the information that you read here to ensure that you have a happy, healthy family dog.