Many kinds of dogs exist, as do many kinds of families. It can be a big decision to know which dog is right for you, and how to best care for that dog. The following article can help you care for your new pup.
You may know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but you may not know the specifics. Chocolate is dangerous because of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous, with a high amount of stimulants. White chocolate contains the least amount of stimulants. Take you dog to vet if he ingests chocolate.
Just like humans benefit from an annual physical, your dog should see the vet at least once a year. Your dog can’t speak to tell you he’s in pain. Regular checkups will assure these issues are caught before they turn into something big.
Avoid insisting that your dog socialize nicely with every other passing dog. Experts recommend that your dog be able to tolerate introductions through sniffing and eying with another animal, but say forcing the issue can create problems. Accept your dog’s lead when meeting and greeting other animals and allow for natural interaction.
Take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by car. Even with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrier. A simple and low-cost countermeasure is freezing a few gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he can curl up and cool off.
When you have a dog, make sure that you give him enough water. Water should be made available to your dog at all times of the day, particularly in the summertime. Put his water bowl somewhere where no one will trip over it, otherwise you’ll be cleaning your floors all day!
Don’t make you dog eat something they don’t want to eat. Some dogs won’t love all treats, and you shouldn’t push your dog to like something. When you get your dog you should spend some time with it to learn exactly what kinds of things it enjoys.
If your vet gives you medication to take home and administer to your dog, be sure and ask for ideas on getting him to swallow it. Dogs differ in their tolerance of pills and badly-flavored liquids, so have a few tricks up your sleeve in case he resists. Getting a dog to take medicine is important, but often challenging.
Dogs need a great deal of attention on a daily basis. If you have a hard time making time for your dog you will soon notice that there are behavioral problems that were not there before. In the least, you should try to set aside an hour each day just to love your dog.
Are you more confident that you know a bit more about caring for your dog? To cultivate your dog-care skills and attend to your pet’s needs with confidence, all that’s required is a little self-education. Use these ideas to ensure that your dog is happy and well cared for.