When it comes to learning, we never stop. Whether it be new cooking techniques or new driving routes, we’re always picking up new information. When it comes to dogs, there is always something new to learn. This article provides you with today’s top tips that show you all about dogs.
You must dog-proof your residence. Before you bring a dog into your home, you should be sure that the area you’re bringing it to is safe. Make sure anything toxic is put up. Many common types of house plants can be toxic, so it pays to eliminate or move them.
If you are thinking of getting a new dog for your family, be sure you are prepared for this commitment. Smaller dogs will require at least a 14-16 year commitment, and larger dogs will require at least 10 years. If you are not prepared to own the dog for its entire life, then do not choose a dog as a 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.
If your dog is a digger, make sure to protect him and your garden. Some plants are poisonous to dogs, not to mention the damage those paws can do to your prized flowers and produce. Put up an appropriately sized fence to keep him out or consider using an electric one.
If your veterinarian prescribes medication or special care for your pet, make sure you follow their instructions to the letter. Your dog likely will not enjoy wearing a cone, but the vet prescribed it for good reason. Recommendations that a vet makes are for the good of your pet and if you don’t adhere to these things it could be bad for your pet.
Keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy with regular brushing. Most canines don’t mind you brushing their teeth, provided you introduce them to the process slowly and gently. Use a specially designed dog brush, along with other products made just for him. Remember to provide him with toys and biscuits that will also clean and protect his teeth.
Your dog needs both physical and mental exercise. For example, train your dog to retrieve the newspaper or other helpful chores. The training will challenge him mentally and the affection you show for a job well done will bond him to the family routine.
If you breed your dog, do so responsibly. The AKC advises all owners of pure-bred dogs to make an effort to advance the breed and discard all other motivations, such as money or experimentation. Consider the repercussions of your actions before allowing your dog to mate and create a litter of puppies.
Some people like to learn by reading, while others like to learn by doing. You need to attempt learning in both ways. The first was reading this article, which you have completed. The second is starting to use the tips to see which work for you and which don’t, so get to it!