Dog 101: How To Take Better Care Of Your Dog

TIP! Hugs are great, but steer clear of kisses. Dog kisses are cute, in theory, but understand a dog’s mouth is typically very dirty.

One of the best pets to own is a dog due to its friendliness and loyal nature. But, it may take some work to get them to that point. They need to learn what to do to behave, and they have to be cared for. This guide will teach you a few things about dogs, so keep reading.

TIP! Neuter or spay your dog. Research has proven that this can help your dog live longer and also specifically help prevent cancer.

When you have medications of any sort, keep them where your dog cannot get to it. Dogs can have very negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.

TIP! Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. You should never pressure your pet into interacting with strangers, be they human or canine.

Never let the dog go off your land without its leash, regardless of its good behavior. There are a number of distractions that could cause your dog to run off into a dangerous situation. You are responsible if your dog does this.

TIP! It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. He can be scared away by some wild animal, or an unforeseen provocation with another dog can result in an unpleasant situation.

Rather than purchasing an actual meat bone for your dog, go with rawhide instead. Real bones can chip and fragments may become lodged in their mouths or digestive tract. Rawhide is healthy and good for their teeth, so don’t share that T-bone no matter what faces they make.

TIP! Some dogs are more likely to suffer from health problems and so you should know what to look out for in your dog. Check out their heritage and try to prevent problems that you know they’re prone to.

Find out what is going on that is causing your dog to act out. When you ignore this behavior, your dog thinks that it is okay. Your dog could hurt somebody, including you, so keep him under control.

TIP! Proper identification can help ensure that your pet is returned to you if he becomes lost. Consider purchasing a breakaway collar for your pet.

The daily brushing of your dog’s coat is beneficial, in more ways that just stopping constant shedding. Their coat will become shinier when they are brushed everyday. When you brush fur, you’re also spreading around the oils that help keep your pet’s coat looking shiny and healthy.

TIP! When you’re picking out another dog to live with the one you already have, your current dog should meet the new one first. Though most are sociable, certain dogs are better able to get along with other dogs than others.

Schedule a visit to the vet when you get a new pet. In fact, do it the same day as you bring the pet home so you don’t forget. A vet will make sure the dog is healthy and also set up a future schedule of vaccinations. Speak with a vet about getting your dog neutered or spayed since there is a massive dog overpopulation problem that you don’t need to add to.

TIP! When you commence the training process, try different reward methods. This will make things more fun and enjoyable for your dog.

Love your dog! Many owners inadvertently spend more time focusing on their pet’s negative behaviors than on all the good things they do. If that persists, your dog may begin to act inappropriately to get your attention. Instead, scold your dog less and praise him more. Your dog will more likely showcase proper behavior when you do that.

TIP! Don’t go overboard with what you allow your dog to do. When someone owns a dog they sometimes think that they should sneak the dog a snack or allow it to break things in the home.

Annual vet check-ups are important. The vet can detect things like diabetes, thyroid problems and kidney issues long before you see the signs of them. Annual dog physicals can spare lots of money later for owners and keep them from suffering now.

TIP! Do not have overly high expectations for your dog. When training your dog, he will not have an attention span as long as yours.

Schedule a visit to the vet for your dog on a regular basis. It’s important that the dog sees a vet every so often to make sure there aren’t any shots that they might need. You will need to see a vet more often if the dog is a puppy. If your dog appears to be ill or injured, you should make a trip to the vet immediately.

TIP! If you’ve just got a dog, look into taking a training course together. Take the time to teach your dog to obey you and follow simple commands.

If you’re adding a second dog to your home, try to let your first dog meet the second before bringing it home. While dogs are social instinctively, certain breeds and temperaments get along better with others. If you are able to find dogs that are compatible you will not be troubled later on.

TIP! If you’ve just brought home a new puppy, you need to designate a sleeping area for him. If you will expect your pup to sleep in a crate, don’t ever let him in your bed.

Vitamins can be harmful to dogs. If your dog eats commercial foods, he doesn’t need vitamin supplements unless your vet advises you to give them to him. If you give your dog too many vitamins, joints, bones or blood vessels could be damaged. Before giving your dog vitamins, speak with your vet.

TIP! Talk to your veterinarian regarding the right food for your dog. There are dogs that could have health problems and need to be on certain diets.

When you first start out training the dog see what kinds of rewards work best. You should try to find out what drives your dog to do well. Dogs will always respond to food as a treat, so see what types works best. If your dog is more motivated by toys, offer up a short game of fetch or tug-of-war when your puppy obeys properly. Some dogs just like to be shown attention as a reward.

TIP! Consider what your dog is eating. Some foods are better than others, and the cost shouldn’t be your deciding factor.

You need to be very firm. Do not let your dog get away with anything while training. If a dog is very cute, it will often be spoiled in this manner. But, when you’re tough on your dog, less accidents will occur. For instance, giving scraps to a dog may seem harmless, but if you keep doing it, the dog may think it is fine to jump on a table and take a whole course.

TIP! Puppies chewing on things is cute, but not appropriate behavior. You should stop habits like this as soon as they start.

Taking care of a dog takes work but is not impossible. It will be a little difficult at first, but the above advice should have you pointed in the right direction. Use other quality resources, and talk to your vet if you need help with your dog.