Dogs provide unconditional love, loyalty and affection. They are great family pets that provide a companionship for everyone. Use this advice to properly care for your pooch.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. A spayed or neutered dog is also less likely to stray from its home, meaning it won’t risk getting lost or winding up in a street accident.
When you have medications of any sort, keep them where your dog cannot get to it. If the dog gets near the pills, then just a few of them could do serious harm and result in a trip to emergency room. Be sure to contact your vet if your dog swallows your medication.
Avoid giving your pooch table food. This will make him beg more often, and he may gain a preference for human food. Table scraps can be bad for his health as well, leading to obesity and digestive disorders. Make your dog leave the room if he begins to beg, or train him to spend mealtimes in another room entirely.
Talk to your vet about which foods you should be feeding your dog. Some foods can cause sickness or an upset stomach. Therefore, ensure you are cautious whenever providing your dog a new food.
Allow your lifestyle to dictate the type of dog you adopt or purchase. For instance, if you like to go running, you’re not going to want a little dog that can’t keep up with you. Likewise if you are quiet home-body, look for a smaller dog that enjoys pampering and living it up on your sofa. By selecting the right dog breed, both you and your dog will be more content.
If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. This is to let the dog know that you want more of that behavior. This will teach your dog that praise comes from good behavior.
There is a lot involved in taking good care of your dog. There is more to it than taking him for walks and giving him food. You need to learn how to care properly for your dog. Like that, you can both enjoy many healthy happy years together.