Your dog may paw at his bowl if he is hungry. Dogs who need to eliminate will often scratch at the door. If he needs love and attention, he might look at you with those ‘puppy dog’ eyes! It is not easy to understand your dog’s needs all of the time, but this article will make it easier.
You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. Since your dog doesn’t talk, you may have difficulty figuring out if a tooth starts hurting or where arthritis is developing. An annual checkup can help catch such issues before they become a major problem.
Never bring your dog with you while flying during the hot summer months, unless the airline provides a climate-controlled cabin for him. Most of the major carriers use the same area for pets as they do for cargo, meaning your dog will have to endure some pretty high temperatures as you travel to your destination, jeopardizing his safety.
Take some time to schedule dog training sessions in your own home and backyard. This will give you security and an area that your dog is comfortable. Too many people causes distractions, making it hard to train them.
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.
Talk to your vet about your dog’s food portions. Dog food packages provide guidelines, but they can be wrong for your particular pet and lead to obesity. Check with you vet to find out about the feeding guidelines for your particular dog.
Teach your dog to be trained, even if you don’t plan on devoting a lot of time to special tricks. A dog needs to understand the basic hierarchy of the home and should be prepared to listen and learn throughout his life. Practice the basics like “sit” and “down” in the beginning and introduce something new every once in a while.
Don’t assume your toy-sized dog’s bite isn’t dangerous, just because he’s little. A lot of owners brush-off training, thinking that the smaller breed dog can get away with a little bad behavior and this isn’t true. As a responsible canine master, you’ve got to make certain your dog does not pose a threat to anyone by having him well trained.
Send your dog to school! He will feel more comfortable knowing exactly what is expected of him and obedience school will help him learn that. It will also boost his self-confidence, and of course, make a more well-behaved pet of him. Call around locally and see if you can sign him up for a trial class and take it from there.
We may understand dog emotions via facial expressions and after a millenia, that may be true. Having said that, the article you just read gave you a wealth of knowledge about understanding dogs other than their body language. Your dog will thank you for that.