Your dog may paw at his bowl if he is hungry. When your dog needs to go to the bathroom, they might scratch at your back door. Dogs who need companionship will give you that loving stare. Sometimes, it is hard to establish a form of communication with your dog.

While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. Your dog’s mouth is fairly dirty at any given time. Remember that dogs use their tongues to clean themselves, and they like to eat garbage and drink out of the toilet. Many people say that dogs have cleaner mouths than people. That tidbit of information is plain wrong.

TIP! Neuter or spay your dog. Research has proven that this can help your dog live longer and also specifically help prevent cancer.

An annual checkup at the vet is a great idea for your dog. Your dog is not able to talk, so it is not easy to know when he’s got arthritis or an aching tooth. Getting your dog checked up on annually will allow you to know if there are any problems.

Since dogs cannot talk, you’ll need to learn about your dog’s way of communication. Don’t force interaction with other pets or people if your dog is showing reluctance. This may lead to someone getting bitten. By reading the body language of your dog, you can ensure that this does not happen.

If you are going to taking your dog on vacation, take a pic of him on your phone. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.

TIP! Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. When dogs seem hesitant upon meeting others, never force an interaction.

Don’t give in to the urge to feed your dog food meant for humans. This will make him beg more often, and he may gain a preference for human food. Scraps can be terrible for his diet and lead to obesity and other health problems. Don’t allow your dog to beg at the table while you are eating.

Practice training your dog in your house or yard. It’s a bad idea to train a dog in a busy place. Your dog could become distracted and will be tougher to teach.

If you are not sure how often you should feed your dog, ask your vet. Sometimes the guidelines on pet food labels aren’t correct, and following them could lead to obesity. Speak with your vet and work out an appropriate eating plan for your dog.

TIP! When vacationing with your dog, use the camera on your phone to snap a quick picture. If they’re separated from you, then you’ll have a current photo that you can easily access and show others or to download for “lost” flyers.

Do not buy the cheapest dog food. Cheap brands usually contain ingredients that can be harmful to the health of your dog. Try using animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness to get a list of great dog foods that have high professional recommendations. You will see a difference in your dog’s activity level and general happiness when you feed him “good” food.

You shouldn’t make your dog do something it doesn’t want to do. If you’ve purchased your dog treats that it doesn’t want to eat, set them aside. You need to find out what your dog does and does not like.

Trimming around the paws of your dog will ensure your dog’s fur doesn’t get matted. Use a comb and a small pair of scissors for this task. If this scares you, have a professional do it.

TIP! If you have over-the-counter medication or prescription medication in your home, keep it in a place the dog can’t access it. Getting into those pills could seriously impact your dog’s health and even cause death.

Having too many people trying to train one dog can cause problems. Having multiple people train your dog will only confuse him. Only allow one person to teach the dog things and then everyone else should learn what that person has taught the dog and stick with that.

Are you aware that vitamins can harm your dog? If you are feeding your dog a well-balanced dog food, specific to his age, weight and health needs, additional vitamins can do damage. Too much of certain vitamins could cause damage to the blood vessels, bones and joints. Before giving your dog vitamins, speak with your vet.

We can look at a dog’s face and know what he is feeling. You now know more about communicating with and taking care of your dog. Your dog will be very thankful for that.