Dog care is a huge responsibility. Do not expect to be a perfect owner right away. The following article will give you some great dog care advice.
Before deciding on what type of dog to get for your family, consider space. Even though you may love the bigger dogs that you can really wrap your arms around, you may not have adequate space for a large breed. Take your home and yard size into consideration before bringing home a new pooch.
Do not force your dog to eat things. If you’ve purchased your dog treats that it doesn’t want to eat, set them aside. Upon initially bringing a dog into the home, spend some time discovering its likes and dislikes.
Don’t be upset if your dog does not want to get dressed up. It’s becoming more popular to dress your dog in dog clothes, but some dogs just don’t like the feeling of having clothes on. If your dog does not relax after the clothing is on, you should remove the clothing to avoid your dog trying to remove it by itself.
Adopt A Dog
Whenever you adopt from the pound, take the dog straight to the vet. Dogs from shelters might have been exposed to viruses or might already be sick. That is why it’s important to have a full checkup and a course of vaccinations before you bring your puppy home.
Your dog is a member of your family and when they go missing it can bring fear, worry, panic and sadness. Make posters right away and put them up all over town. Contact animal control and the local shelters to let them know your dog is missing. You can also post on different Facebook pages dedicated to reuniting owners and their pets.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
If you have medication for you or a family member, be certain your dog cannot reach it. Swallowing even one pill can end very badly, with a sick or dying dog. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.
Put your dog through obedience training. A well-trained dog is a joy to live with for both you and them. Teaching them simple commands like “Come,” “Heel,” “Sit,” and “Stay” can help curb or prevent troublesome behaviors in no time. You can either teach them yourself, or you can find out about obedience courses by contacting the SPCA or the local humane society for class recommendations.
Now that you know more about your dog, your concerns about providing good care may have eased. All that it takes is some patience and love. You’ll know that your dog appreciates it by the way it acts. Do plenty of research on this topic and look for solutions to the issues you are encountering with your dog.