There are lots of pets out there that a person can pick from. You could get a cat, a fish, a reptile, or even a amphibian. When talking about dogs, there is no better friend and he is someone that will always love you. This article can show you just how to take care of one.
Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Don’t take a dog into your home without being sure that it is safe from top to bottom. Hide medications and chemicals, cover your trash, and put food where he can’t get to it. Keep house plants out of his reach, especially if they could be poisonous.
Give your dog hugs, but don’t kiss him. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about. Dogs are always getting into garbage, drink from places like the toilet, and they clean their bodies with their tongues. It is an old wives’ tale that dogs have cleaner months than humans. It simply is not the case.
Always have your dogs spayed or neutered. Statistically speaking, dogs who are “fixed” live longer lives and are less prone to cancer. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.
Practice training your dog around your home, where you and your pup can be alone. You shouldn’t train your dog where many other people are present. This can cause your dog to get distracted, which can make training them simple commands almost impossible.
Keep your dog on leash any time he leaves your fenced yard, regardless of his gentle nature and good behavior. A wild animal may set your dog off and send it running into traffic, or someone could provoke your dog and get injured by accident. You are responsible if your dog does this.
You need to ask your vet to make sure the food you are feeding them is good. Some foods can cause sickness or an upset stomach. Use care when feeding your dog.
Rawhide is a great alternative to the meat bones that most people feed dogs. Bones can fall apart and become lodged between teeth or digestive system. Rawhide is great for oral health, so don’t give Rover any of your T-bone, regardless of how much you know he wants it.
It’s not a small thing to take a dog home, but the knowledge that you’ve got now can help you do this. Spend some quality time learning all about dogs. By doing this, you will enjoy an incredible furry companion for years to come.