Purchasing a dog is not an easy decision. Similar to kids, dogs have to eat certain food, need physical activity, have to go to a vet, and require cleaning and grooming. Not all the steps to proper dog care are intuitive. The following tips will teach you how to take great care of your dog.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
Take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by car. Even with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrier. A simple and low-cost countermeasure is freezing a few gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he can curl up and cool off.
A dog’s bad behavior should always be corrected whenever you see the first signs of it. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. If your dog is not under control, he could end up hurting you or someone else.
Be careful around Christmas time with a dog in your home; it’s the busiest time of year at 24/7 animal clinics! Things like hanging and tree lights pose a danger to your dog, as they could become tangled or gnaw their way down to raw wires. The loveliest of Christmas plants are also hazardous to a dog’s health, so take extra care during holidays.
When clipping a puppy’s toenails, start slow. Introduce your little dog to them before you begin cutting. You may only be able to get a single nail done during a sitting. It could take some time for puppy to become comfortable with the idea of nail clipping, but soon, you will be able to get through it all at once.
Brush your dog often, even if he’s got short hair. It’s good for his coat and skin and can alert you of possible issues like fleas, tics and eczema. The dog will also enjoy the attention and brushing him regularly will keep more of his fur from flying around the house and landing on your furniture and carpets.
Make sure that your dog is not left alone outdoors all day. Dogs are social creatures and need interaction with others. Your dog will get very lonely if it is left outside by itself. In addition, in extreme weather, you must bring your dog inside to protect it from the weather and temperature extremes.
After reading this advice, start putting it to use on a daily basis. You now know what it takes to be a responsible, caring master. Just use what you’ve read here and your dog will show its gratitude by loving you for it.