Owning a dog may bring joy into your life, but it isn’t always a simple job. You must care for a dog as you would a child with proper care, feeding and grooming, socializing, education and medical care. Sometimes it can be hard to meet the challenges that come along with owning a pet. Reading this article is a great start.
You must dog-proof your residence. Prior to bringing your dog into your home, be sure that it is entirely safe. Hide cleaning supplies and medicines and hide trashcans in a cabinet. Some house plants are poisonous, so keep them away from your dog’s reach or remove them.
A physical is good for you, and a yearly vet trip is good for your dog. Obviously, dogs don’t speak, so it can be hard to figure out when they’re having problems with their bones or teeth. You need to go to the vet every year to get a check up.
When you take your dog with you on vacation, take a picture and save it to your phone. By doing this, in case your dog gets lost, you can provide others with a picture and easily put up flyers, which will assist in finding your dog.
When it’s time for dog training, you’ll want to do it inside your house or in your yard. Don’t train them in any areas full of people. Distraction ensues, and it is harder to get your dog to focus on basic commands.
When training your dog, use hand gestures along with the verbal commands. When provided with signals of this type, dogs tend to pick things up faster. Try both ways of giving commands to see what works best.
You now know a thing or two about dogs. You now know what it takes to be a responsible, caring master. You’ll find the road to responsible dog ownership a little smoother and less challenging, and you and your canine companion will have a longer, better relationship.