Dog care is a huge responsibility. There is a lot to learn about taking proper care of your dog. Continue reading to learn much more on quality dog care.

You should not kiss your dog. Dogs lick dirty things you don’t even want to think about. Keep in mind that dogs drink from toilet bowls and eat whatever is on the ground. It saying that the dog’s mouth is much cleaner than a human’s is folklore. It is not necessarily true.

TIP! There are many pleasures derived from dog ownership, but it is also a serious financial commitment. Not only do you have to buy food, but you have to pay their vet bills and purchase other items that they need.

Make sure to keep prescription drugs out of the reach of your dogs. Even if the dog were to eat a couple of pills, it could have very life threatening effects. Be sure to contact your vet if your dog swallows your medication.

Be careful when selecting canine flea treatments. Many have ingredients that are dangerous to kids. Talk with your vet concerning alternative treatments, and do not let small children come near while treating your dog.

Be sure to show your dog lots of praise and love when they do something good. Always make sure your dog knows when they perform a behavior you wish to see repeated. It teaches your pup that he will be rewarded for good behavior.

TIP! Make your home safe for your dog. Create a safe area to bring a new puppy into the home.

Rawhide treats are better for your dog than real meat bones. Real bones can chip and fragments may become lodged in their mouths or digestive tract. Rawhide is proven healthy and great for teeth as well, but don’t be tempted to share that T-bone, no matter what kind of eyes your dog gives you.

Purchase or construct a dog house if your dog must stay outside when the weather is cold. Adverse weather conditions can be detrimental to your pooch, causing illnesses, anxiety and poor behaviors. Keep your dog safe from the elements by providing shelter.

Keep the nails on your dog trimmed. It can be quite painful for your dog if his nails start curling under. These can be trimmed at home if you use nail clippers from the store. If you’d prefer, you can have the groomers trim your pup’s nails.

TIP! Always have your dogs spayed or neutered. Your pet stands to enjoy a significantly better (and longer) life.

Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. Dogs need routine activity and play in order to stay happy and healthy. Your dog will get the exercise it needs (and you’ll be a little more active yourself!) from virtually any kind of outdoor activity you share with it. It gives you exercise and helps develop a relationship that will last forever with your dog.

You should be able to take better care of your dog, now that more information is available to you. Just stay firm and consistent, and most of all, patient. Keep reading to learn more, too.