A dog truly is man’s best friend; they are loyal, happy and are great company. They don’t usually come that way, though. They need instruction in proper behavior, and they must be cared for properly. This guide will allow you to learn those things and more, so continue on.
Your home must be dog-proofed. Don’t take a dog into your home without being sure that it is safe from top to bottom. Secure the trash can, stow way all medications and put away your regular cleaning supplies. Many common types of house plants can be toxic, so it pays to eliminate or move them.
Don’t give in to the urge to feed your dog food meant for humans. Not only will table scraps turn your dog off on their regular food, but it will also teach them to constantly beg. In fact, a steady supply of scraps may encourage your dog to gain unhealthy amounts of weight and set off serious digestive problems. Train your dog to sit far away from your dining room so that you and your family won’t be tempted to feed it table scraps.
Avoid the bargain brands of pet food. Cheaper brands have tons of additives, preservatives, and ingredients that can harm a dog’s health. Find a list of recommended dog foods from the vet or an advocate for animals. Your dog will be much better off.
If your dog has to stay outside during cold weather, give him a dog house. This is especially important during wet weather. Give him a place that has dry floors and a lot of room.
Your dog’s nails should be trimmed regularly. If they get too long and start to curl, the result could be painful injuries to the nail beds and your dog’s paws. Buy some clippers from a pet store and cut them yourself. If this idea makes you uneasy, a groomer can easily attend to them for you.
Always make sure your dog understands how to walk correctly on a leash. Your dog has to understand the “heel” command and respond to it by walking beside you, not ahead of or in back of you. That way, your dog is safe and the walks are better for you as well. Regardless of how you intend to take your walks, this is a good command for your dog to know.
Being a pet owner doesn’t have to be hard. While it has a learning curve, the advice you’ve read here has you on the right track. Use the tips above, and you will see caring for your canine is a piece of cake.