It is nice to own a dog, but not every dog. In order to have a great dog who you truly love to be around, there are some important things you must consider. In this article, you’ll find suggestions that will help you become a better dog owner.
Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Before you bring a dog into your home, you should be sure that the area you’re bringing it to is safe. Hide medications and chemicals, cover your trash, and put food where he can’t get to it. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.
Look into the 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. Ask your vet for recommendations. Be sure to keep children away while you’re applying any flea treatment.
It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. He can be scared away by some wild animal, or an unforeseen provocation with another dog can result in an unpleasant situation. Understand that any damage your dog causes to other people and their pets is your responsibility, so you need to always use caution when off your property.
If your dog does something the correct way, such as sitting before you put the leash on, make sure that you give it tons of affection and praise. You want to reinforce your dog’s good behaviors. It teaches your pup that he will be rewarded for good behavior.
If you want to a great dog owner, you have to know certain things. It just isn’t as simplistic as picking the cutest member of the litter, bringing him home and expecting him to instantly be a well behaved pet. You need to be responsible in your care. Use the advice that has been provided to have an enjoyable time with your new dog.