Whether you already have a dog or are just looking for one, it is likely that you are aware of the care required by dog ownership. It can be hard to jump right in off the bat. The following article has the tips and advice you need to properly care for your dog.

Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Create a safe area to bring a new puppy into the home. All cleaning supplies and medications should be moved out of reach of your dog. You should also find a way of securing your trash somewhere that your dog cannot get to, such as in a cabinet. Some houseplants are toxic and need to be kept out of your dog’s reach.

TIP! Make sure your home is dog-proof. Before you bring a new dog home, make sure the whole area is safe.

Avoid giving your dog scraps from your table. This will make your dog beg all of the time and also will make it not want to eat its regular food as much. Table scraps can negatively affect the dog’s health and cause digestive issues or obesity. Insist that your dog wait away from the table during family meals to avoid temptation on his part – and yours.

In your backyard or in your house itself is the right place to start training your dog. Training in busy areas with lots of people around should be avoided. Your dog could become distracted and will be tougher to teach.

It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. Something could distract him, like a squirrel or a cat, causing him to leave your side. You’re responsible for everything your dog does, and for his safety. as well.

TIP! Your dog needs an annual physical exam from the vet, just as you need one from your doctor. Dogs can’t talk, so how do you know he has arthritis, for example? Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.

Praise your dog when he behaves or performs in the way that you have been training him to. You need the dog to realize that he or she has done something you like. It teaches the dog that he gets praised when he does what you’d like him to do.

Don’t buy the cheapest food for your dog. Cheap dog food usually includes fillers (such as corn or soybeans) which are not appropriate for dogs. It may also contain poor quality ingredients which may hurt your dog’s health over time. Find an advocacy group that can provide you with a list of vet recommended foods. Your dog will thank you for feeding him a better food.

Now that you have some more knowledge about dogs, you should have no trouble caring for them. You just need to be as loving and patient as possible with your pet. Continue learning all that you can to ensure a great relationship with your pup.