Owning a dog is no small feat. It’s almost like you have a little kid who barks. Even though dog care is challenging, you can handle it if you know what you’re doing. Keep reading for some useful dog tips.
Avoid insisting that your dog socialize nicely with every other passing dog. Experts recommend that your dog be able to tolerate introductions through sniffing and eying with another animal, but say forcing the issue can create problems. Accept your dog’s lead when meeting and greeting other animals and allow for natural interaction.
Your daily lifestyle should help guide your choice of dog breed. If you like to go out running in the evenings, select a dog that also enjoys vigorous exercise. When you prefer to stay home, choose a small dog who doesn’t need much outdoor time. Don’t get a dog that you don’t fit in with if you can avoid that.
Never give your dog milk! It’s not necessary for his body and he doesn’t have the proper enzymes to digest it anyway. Feeding your dog cow’s milk can lead to chronic diarrhea and leave him with an upset stomach, among other health problems. Stick with plain old water for a healthy and hydrated dog.
Don’t purchase cheap dog food. Many of the cheapest brands contain additives, preservatives and other things that can compromise the health of your dog. Instead, research which brands are considered to be nutritious. Your dog is going to be healthier if he eats better.
If you are considering owning a dog, keep in mind the size of your home when selecting the breed. Large dogs do not mix well with small apartments unless you have the ability to walk them frequently. They need exercise and room to roam. In this situation, a smaller barred might be the better choice.
Don’t forget to trim your dog’s nails regularly. Long nails can make him uncomfortable, cause injury to his feet and will ruin your floors. If he makes a “click” sound when he walks on hard wood or linoleum, that’s a good indication it’s time for a trim. Ask your vet to do it if necessary.
Before you have your dog fitted with a microchip, be sure and check the database of the company that will store his information. Not all of them are created equal and you want to know that you’ll get a fast response if your dog is lost. Look for a large database that connects to shelters and vets near you.
Put your dog through obedience training. A well-trained dog is a joy to live with for both you and them. Teaching them simple commands like “Come,” “Heel,” “Sit,” and “Stay” can help curb or prevent troublesome behaviors in no time. You can either teach them yourself, or you can find out about obedience courses by contacting the SPCA or the local humane society for class recommendations.
Dog care is something you have to be careful with. The dog is similar to a child, in that you have to provide it with everything. It can be a huge undertaking but something that can be easily accomplished by just about anyone. Follow the advice presented here to take good care of your best friend.