Dogs and people have lived together for many millennia. Humans and dogs are great companions for each other. You, as the person, are responsible for making sure the dog is taken care of well. Below is the information you need to make that happen.

If you have medications at home, ensure that it is safely hidden away and out of the reach of your dog. Just a few of your pills can be disastrous for the dog, inducing a heart attack or seizure. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.

TIP! Yearly physicals help you and yearly vet checks help your dog. Your dog is not able to talk, so it is not easy to know when he’s got arthritis or an aching tooth.

Do not fall prey to the temptation to feed table scraps to your dog. Doing so teaches it to beg and ruins its appetite for its regular food. In fact, a steady supply of scraps may encourage your dog to gain unhealthy amounts of weight and set off serious digestive problems. Keep the dog away from your table when you eat to avoid any temptation on both parts.

When you have to train a dog, your home and/or yard is the right place to do it. Training in busy areas with lots of people around should be avoided. They can get distracted, which can make it harder to train them even basic commands.

When training your dog, use hand gestures along with the verbal commands. Hand signals can really help your dog. Always associate the spoken command and the hand gesture at first and choose the system that works best later on.

TIP! When you’re thinking of taking a dog with you when you travel, snap a photo of the animal with your phone. If they’re separated from you, then you’ll have a current photo that you can easily access and show others or to download for “lost” flyers.

Talk with a vet about which foods are good for dogs and which ought to be avoided. If your puppy is very young, it might not be ready to consume specific brands, and feeding them to your pup can result in sickness. Err on the side of caution when feeding food to your dog.

Your job as the human in your human/dog relationship is to take care of your dog’s needs. When you are aware of what to do, the job becomes easier. This piece will be of help. Just implement a few of these tips into your household plan, and you will see some serious improvements in your dog very quickly.