It is important to never take the responsibility involved in owning a dog too lightly. You’re the one in charge of your pet’s health and happiness. Knowing how to achieve balance with your pooch will take a lot of work, and reading the information below will be a good start.
In the same way that a yearly physical is helpful to you, a yearly trip to the veterinarian is a must for your dog. Since dogs cannot talk, it’s difficult to know if your dog is in pain. Check-ups can reveal that and more.
If you are planning to take your dog on an extended car-ride, talk to your vet about motion sickness medication first. Avoid feeding him before setting out to prevent queasiness and vomiting and make sure you buy him bottled water if you are traveling to any destination that is known to have issues with water quality.
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.
You should only try to teach your dog one new command during each training session. Even if you think your dog is good at picking up on things and will have no issues with that, it is much less confusing for you and him if you focus on just one thing at a time.
Talk to your vet about what foods are best for your dog. Certain brands may not be right for a small pup and could cause him to get a stomachache or become sick. Never give your dog any food you are not sure of.
Research a particular breed of dog you may be interested in before bringing him home. Lots of people make the mistake of falling in love with a type of dog, then find out later that the animal isn’t really for them. Chihuahuas, for example, are a trendy type, but very difficult to fully potty train, especially in colder climates!
Pet boarding and day-care services are a billion dollar business, so make sure you get your money’s worth if you have to leave home without your dog. Although kennels offer interesting opportunities to socialize, your dog will be happier with familiar surroundings. Thoroughly check references for a sitter-service and keep him in his own home if at all possible. Otherwise, put him in a reputable kennel and check up on him oft
When you first notice behavior problems in your dog, take proper steps to correct the behavior. You should never ignore bad behaviors when they are puppies because this will make it a lot harder to correct down the road. Not only will it be difficult to curb the bad behavior, he can pose physical harm to you or someone you love.
The information you just read should help you get started. Implement the tips included above, and you will be happy with the results. There is no point in owning a dog if you’re not willing to make their life the best it can be, after all.