Are you worried about properly taking care of your dog? Some people feel overwhelmed by all the things a dog owner has to do. The thought of a dog that will always misbehave crosses some people’s minds. Continue reading to learn more about how to make living life with dogs easier.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
Hugs are great to give your pets, but kisses are not that great. Kissing a dog might seem cute, but they have dirty mouths. Remember that dogs use their tongues to clean themselves, and they like to eat garbage and drink out of the toilet. It is not true that a dog has a cleaner mouth than a person. It’s not true.
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When obtaining a shelter dog, you need to set up an appointment with your local vet immediately. Shelter dogs could be sick or exposed to different viruses. 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.
When clipping a puppy’s toenails, start slow. Introduce your little dog to them before you begin cutting. You may only be able to get a single nail done during a sitting. It could take some time for puppy to become comfortable with the idea of nail clipping, but soon, you will be able to get through it all at once.
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.
There is a lot for dog owners to digest. You may, in fact, feel like you work harder at caring for your pet than you do at your regular job! But if you know a dog’s temperament and how to control the dog’s behavior, you will enjoy the pet’s love for years. In no time your worries will be gone.