How To Get Yourself Out Of Trouble With Your Dog

TIP! You must dog-proof your residence. Check your whole home to be sure it is safe prior to bringing a dog home.

It is not easy to own a dog. You must care for a dog as you would a child with proper care, feeding and grooming, socializing, education and medical care. How can one get ready for all of the challenges? Reading this article can help you become a great dog owner.

TIP! If you have over-the-counter medication or prescription medication in your home, keep it in a place the dog can’t access it. Just a few of your pills could literally kill your dog.

Your home must be dog-proofed. Check your whole home to be sure it is safe prior to bringing a dog home. All cleaning materials and drugs must be put away, and put your trash receptacle inside a cabinet. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.

TIP! Don’t take your dog off of your own property without a leash, no matter how well-behaved he is. There are a number of distractions that could cause your dog to run off into a dangerous situation.

You shouldn’t allow your pet off your property if it’s not wearing a leash, even if he is extremely well-behaved. Wild animals could grab their attention, causing them to run into dangerous territory, or they may have an unpleasant situation involving other dogs and people. Your dog’s safety and behavior are your responsibility.

TIP! Speak with your vet to see how much you’re going to have to feed your dog daily. Some people feed the dog based on their food package recommendations, but these can be wrong and cause them to be overweight.

You should talk to your vet about the foods you give your dog. Some foods can cause sickness or an upset stomach. You should be careful when you are feeding your dog.

TIP! Your dog deserves to have quality dog food. Cheap brands are full of fillers, preservative and even chemicals.

Do not allow your dog to remain outdoors all day long. It is important that your dog has interaction. Your dog will get very lonely if it is left outside by itself. In addition, if severe weather strikes, your dog needs to come inside in order to ensure its protection.

TIP! If your dog spends time outside, he should have a good house. You can purchase one or build one yourself if you are handy.

Playing music in your home when you leave for your job may help your dog with separation anxiety. This will help him feel more secure and provide him with a little company. That might work to appease his anxiety during the time you aren’t home.

TIP! If your dog behaves badly, correct the behavior immediately. Turning a blind eye to it just makes it harder to fix down the road.

Give your dog a lot of love. A lot of owners focus on correcting bad behaviors rather than displaying affection for their dog. This can cause problems later on. Instead make it a habit to praise your dog much more often than any scolding. Make it five times to any one. Your dog will probably show proper behavior more if this is done.

TIP! Make sure to exercise your dog often. Regular play and exercise is essential to keep your dog happy, both physically and mentally.

Have your pet checked out by your vet on a regular basis. You must keep up with vaccinations, heartworm testing and physical exams for your dog. You will have more frequent vet visits if you have a puppy. If your dog seems ill or becomes injured, you must take it to a vet immediately.

TIP! Some breads are prone to illness, and you need to know if yours is one of them. Find out what your dog’s breed frequently suffers from and the symptoms.

During hot weather, check your dog for fleas and ticks daily. Try using a flea comb to remove any fleas that you find. There are a lot of products that can assist you with fleas and ticks. You can also consult your vet.

TIP! Make sure your let your dog know you love him. As is the case with most things in life, owners often pay more attention to the bad behavior than the good.

If you’re adding a second dog to your home, try to let your first dog meet the second before bringing it home. Most dogs enjoy another dog’s company, but some dogs do not get along. Finding a dog that gets along well with your current pet will be best for everyone in the long run.

TIP! Dogs tend to get cuts and scrapes on their paws from things they step on. Washing a cut with antiseptic and using a bandage is an effective treatment for when dogs get small cuts.

Develop some basic guidelines for your pet and stick to them. Some dog owners put up with destructive behavior and allow their dog to break the rules they have made. Not even if he has those big puppy dog eyes! Consistency is key. In this way, your dog will always know what to expect, and you will not be surprised by unacceptable behaviors.

TIP! Choose your dog’s food carefully. There are quite a few different types of food out there but you have to get one that works with your dog’s size and age.

Clean your dog’s food bowls on a daily basis. Just like you do not want to continuously eat and drink from bowls that are not very clean, your dog doesn’t either. Wash the bowls every day and fill them with fresh food and clean water.

TIP! When snacking, you might allow your dog to have a bite or two of your food. Certain foods are okay for this, but some foods are not good for dogs.

Don’t try to make your dog too many things at once. He can’t attend to tasks as long as you are able to. Spend a few minutes a day training your dog what you want him to learn.

TIP! Always think carefully before you bring dog into your home and life. There are a lot of ways you can do this and it is simple to be in love with a puppy dog face.

A clean dog is a great dog. Your dog might not need a daily bath, but you should bathe him about once a week. This can fight off fleas, prevent dermatitis and keep your house smelling fresher too.

TIP! Do not have overly high expectations for your dog. He can’t attend to tasks as long as you are able to.

Now you have the tools you need and can use them each day. You now know what it takes to be a responsible, caring master. As long as you use what you have learned, your dog will thank you for your efforts with love and affection.