Are you considering adopting a homeless pup from the shelter? Do you want a purebred dog complete with papers, from a breeder? Whether you are looking for a regular house dog or a show dog, either one will bring a lot of love into your life. You have to realize, however, that you’re going to have to be a responsible pet owner. Use the following guide to help you to be sure that you are.

It is fine to hug your dog, but avoid those wet kisses. Dog kisses may be seen as cute, but their mouths aren’t all that clean. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! Many people believe that the human mouth has more germs than that of a dog – this isn’t true. It simply is not the case.

TIP! While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. Dog kisses are adorable, but your dog’s mouth is really dirty.

Be careful with canine flea treatments. A lot of the ones on the market have ingredients that are 1000 times more potent than what is considered safe by the EPA and it may be a cancer risk for children. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest options, and don’t let your kids near the dog while you’re doing a treatment.

Keep your dog on leash any time he leaves your fenced yard, regardless of his gentle nature and good behavior. Wild animals could get the dog’s attention and lead him into dangerous places, or unanticipated circumstances could provoke conflicts with others. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.

Now, you are aware of what you have to do to take proper care of your dog. All that is left is to bring your dog home! Always be open to new information about dog ownership, and learn from your dog as well. There are many forums that are great for dog owners. Keep learning throughout your life.