There is nothing easy about dog ownership. You must care for a dog as you would a child with proper care, feeding and grooming, socializing, education and medical care. Do you know everything there is to know about dog care? Looking at this article will provide you with tips for becoming the ideal dog owner.
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.
Never allow your dog to ride in a car unsecured. Sitting on your lap or in the front seat is dangerous both to him and your ability to drive. Always place him in an appropriately sized pet carrier or invest in a pet seat belt that will keep him snug and safe in the middle of the back seat.
If your dog is very rowdy or easily excitable, experts recommend that you don’t bring them along on vacation. Many times the thrill and confusion of a new area filled with strangers is too much for the hyper dog and unpleasant incidents may occur. Find a great kennel to care for your pooch instead.
If you are in the market for a new puppy, make sure you will have enough time to devote to his training. On average, you need to take a young dog outside to do his business eight times a day and that can take a lot away from your schedule. Training takes more time and patience than most people realize.
Avoid impersonating a medical professional when it comes to your dog’s health. In an attempt to save money, many people try to diagnose their pet’s conditions or use human treatments on various elements and that can be very dangerous to the animal. If you can’t afford full vet care, tell that to the doctor and ask their advice anyway or if they could arrange a payment plan for you.
Make sure that you trim your dog’s nails on a fairly regular basis. You do not want them to get too long since it will make it uncomfortable for them to walk and they may develop health issues. They should be at a length that just about touches the ground.
Know your dog’s behavior and body rhythms well, to keep him at his healthiest. Medical issues often present themselves in slight nuances early on and if you know your dog, you’ll see them. Pay attention to input and output, sleep duration, energy levels and so forth to keep on top of important issues that affect his health.
If your welcome a new dog into your family, immediately schedule a check up for him. Schedule a visit with the vet right away. Your vet will provide a full check up and establish vaccination dates. You should also speak to your vet concerning your dog being spayed or neutered because there is an overpopulation of dogs in shelters.
If you are in the market for a pure bred pooch, consider checking your local shelter. Many pet owners abandon their dogs at the pound when they no longer want to, or are able to, keep them. Call the pound to see what they have. You can save the life of an abandoned dog this way.
After reading this advice, start putting it to use on a daily basis. It should help you build the strong foundation that you need. As long as you use what you have learned, your dog will thank you for your efforts with love and affection.