There are many different types of dogs, and many different types of families. Knowing the type of dog that will fit your family, along with how to care for your breed of choice, is a huge decision. Continue ahead to learn about what it takes to make sure you choose the right dog for your situation.
Make your home safe for your dog. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home. Hide medications and chemicals, cover your trash, and put food where he can’t get to it. Some very common plants are quite toxic to animals, so always make sure they are out of reach.
Your dog needs annual medical exams. Since your dog can’t speak, it may be difficult to know when he is having health issues. An annual checkup can help catch such issues before they become a major problem.
Since you’re not able to speak with your dog like a person, you should pay close attention to the dog’s non-verbal speech. If when meeting a new dog or person you find your dog is filled with dread, remove him from the situation. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. By reading the body language of your dog, you can ensure that this does not happen.
If your dog comes with you on vacations, you need to have an up-to-date picture of it on hand and in your phone. Therefore, if your animals get lost, there is a recent photo that can be used for the purpose of locating them.
Keep table scraps to a minimum. If you feed from the table, he’ll become a beggar and stop eating his own food. A dog fed on table scraps will be prone to unhealthy weight gain, disruptive digestive problems, and other health issues. Keep the dog away from your table when you eat to avoid any temptation on both parts.
Don’t let a dog go off property without their leash, even if they’re well behaved. Wild animals can get his attention and cause him to run out into the street, or a provocation could startle him and cause unpleasantness with other dogs or people. You are responsible if your dog does this.
Hopefully you feel more confident in how to care for your dog. Now you can adopt a dog with peace of mind. Use this advice to ensure your dog is well cared for.