Do you think owning a dog is the best job in the world? Everyone seems to love dogs. They are loving and just can’t get enough fun. This makes for a great companion. You need to be a great companion to them as well, so you have to give them the right care. The following tips will help you out.
Always be prepared to pick up after your dog with a scoop and bag. Although most people think that this is simply a polite thing to do so that others don’t step in it, your dog’s excrement is actually hazardous!
It contains a bacterium that can contaminate local supplies when it washes through to ground water.
Do you have a “wrinkly” dog, like a bulldog? If so, you have to be conscientious about the grooming process in order to help keep your pet clean. After you brush, take a baby wipe and use it to get in between the folds on their body. Make sure, though, to get them fully dry after doing so.
When you are training your dog, you should practice in your home or in your yard. Avoid training your dog where many people are present. Your dog could become distracted and will be tougher to teach.
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.
If you are not sure of how much to feed your dog each day, talk to your vet about it. Sometimes the guidelines on pet food labels aren’t correct, and following them could lead to obesity. Your vet will know how much to feed your particular dog.
Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Plenty of dogs are overweight, and just like humans, this can lead to health issues. People tend to overfeed their dogs, and many also feed them table scraps. A dog doesn’t need as many calories as most people think; talk to your vet about how much you should feed him each day, and what food is most suitable. A vet will advise you based on his size, age and lifestyle.
Keep your dog’s teeth in tip tip condition. Just like humans, a dog can suffer from toothache, gum disease and even tooth loss. Regular brushing will ensure that that his teeth and gums stay healthy and strong. Without regular brushing, it is estimated that dental disease will affect up to 80% of dogs by the age of three. As well as dental cleaning by a vet, make sure that you brush your dog’s teeth regularly.
You are your dog’s best friend as he is yours. As long as you use the tips you read above, you will do your job of caring for your new dog well. The tips will also help you and your dog to live happily with one another.