Are you considering adopting a homeless pup from the shelter? Or are you interested in buying from a breeder? Whether he is a pure bred or a mutt from the shelter, this dog is sure to give you the love and affection you seek. This is a big responsibility, keep reading to find out what you can do.
Your dog needs a stimulating environment if it is going to live a long and healthy life. Providing him or her with one is not really that hard. Simply make sure you take your dog for walks each day, and purchase a few toys that you and your pet can play with together.
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.
You don’t want to buy the bargain dog food. Cheap brands are full of fillers, preservative and even chemicals. Check out professional recommendations from groups online. Your dog will benefit greatly from better food.
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.
If your dog has long hair, make sure to take the time to trim the fur around his feet. If you allow your dog’s hair to grow too long, they can get things stuck in their fur. This could lead to injuries between the pads of the feet and around the nails.
Dog training requires you to be consistent. Once you decide you want to establish a rule for your dog, do not make any exceptions. Make sure everyone at home helps you enforce the rule and encourage your guests not to let your dog jump on them or to not acknowledge your dog when it barks.
If you have a pure bred dog, make sure you educate yourself on what type of problems are “normal” for that breed. Find out what your dog’s breed frequently suffers from and the symptoms. You should inquire with your vet about how you can take care of your dog the right way.
Groom your dog frequently. Keep them clean and reduce the amount of hair they shed by brushing them frequently. When the weather warms up, start checking them for ticks and fleas daily. Dogs generally require a few baths a year. Before you give your dog a bath, make sure to cut or comb out mats and tangles. Rinse their coat thoroughly to avoid dirt sticking to any soap residue.
You should now know what taking care of a dog entails, so get ready to take that purebred or mutt home! Keep reading to find out more. Try joining forums to talk about your friend with other dog owners. You will gain valuable information by doing so.