Does your dog behave badly and have no manners? Do you have a dog who likes to tear up your furniture? You may need to train him. To learn what else your dog needs, read on.

Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Consuming even a single pill can cause serious health problems or your dog. Call your vet as soon as possible if your dog swallows any pills.

TIP! Hugs are great, but avoid kisses. In theory, giving a dog a kiss is cute, but realize that the mouth of a dog is generally very dirty.

Be wary about certain flea treatments to use for your dog. A lot of them have chemicals that might be bad for kids! Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for use around small kids.

Allow your lifestyle to dictate the type of dog you adopt or purchase. For example, if you’re a jogger, get a type of dog that can run with you, not a toy-poodle. Likewise if you spend quite a lot of time at home you may want to get a dog that likes to be pampered a lot. Selecting the right dog will make you both happier.

Don’t try forcing anything into your dog. For instance, don’t force it to eat a treat that it appears to hate. You need to find out what your dog does and does not like.

TIP! You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. Since your dog doesn’t talk, you may have difficulty figuring out if a tooth starts hurting or where arthritis is developing.

Grooming your dog every day will ensure it doesn’t shed all over the place. Brushing every day can also help your dog to have a shiny and beautiful coat. Brushing helps to spread the oil on the skin which results in soft, shiny, and healthy skin.

It is important that your dog’s nails are not allowed to get too long. If they get so long that they start curling under, your dog will probably hurt a lot. You can trim them yourself with a pair of store bought clippers. Can’t hack it? Take them to the groomer instead.

Leave those days of the bad dog behind. Dog’s should not be destroying furniture around the house. Your dog’s behavior is based on you. Use the things you’ve learned here so that you can teach your dog what to do.