Dogs are loyal companions. However, some start out a little more challenging and you have to work to get them to the point that they are ideal pets. It’s up to you to teach them manners and take proper care of them. This guide will allow you to learn those things and more, so continue on.
It costs a lot to own a dog. Dogs require quality food, medical care, and general supplies that can vary in costs. Health insurance for your pet can be a great idea to help you in emergency situations.
Be sure your house is dog-proofed. Don’t take a dog into your home without being sure that it is safe from top to bottom. Put all medication and cleaning supplies away, and keep your indoor trash can inside a cabinet. Keep house plants out of his reach, especially if they could be poisonous.
If you have medications at home, ensure that it is safely hidden away and out of the reach of your dog. Getting into those pills could seriously impact your dog’s health and even cause death. If your dog gets to your medication, you should call your veterinarian right away.
When it comes to dog flea treatments, you should proceed with caution. Many have ingredients that may put kids at risk for various cancers over 1000 times what the EPA may consider to be safe. Talk to your veterinarian about safer alternatives.
Don’t give table scraps to your dog. Not only will table scraps turn your dog off on their regular food, but it will also teach them to constantly beg. You might be wrecking your dog’s health by giving him table scraps. You can keep your dog healthy and avoid any temptation to feed it from the table by teaching it to spend dinnertime well away from your family.
When training a dog, practice in the yard or your home. Don’t train them in any areas full of people. They may get distracted and it will be more difficult to teach them even the most basic commands.
It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. Dogs are easily distracted by other animals, cars, and kids, so always make sure to keep your dog on a leash for his own safety. It is your job to keep your dog safe, and to keep him from harming anyone else or causing anyone problems.
Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. Although some dog owners stick to the recommended guidelines on the dog food, these guidelines can often be too much for your dog, which can lead to obesity. Speak with your vet and work out an appropriate eating plan for your dog.
You shouldn’t make your dog do something it doesn’t want to do. If your dog is not interested in a treat, do not force your pet to eat it. It’s important to take your pets likes and dislikes into consideration and to not push them into anything unnecessary.
Correct bad behavior the first time you see it from your dog. Turning a blind eye to it just makes it harder to fix down the road. It is possible that your dog could injure a person, and that person could be you! So correct unwanted behavior right away.
You have likely realized that it isn’t terribly hard to care for your dog. While it has a learning curve, the advice you’ve read here has you on the right track. Take everything you have learned here, and use it to take care of your four-legged friend.