Would you like to save a dog from the pound? Or are you looking at purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder? Whether you have a pedigree puppy or a barnyard mutt, you’re in for a lot of affection. However, you need to be prepared for the responsibilities involved in owning a dog, so use these ideas to get started.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to command the dog and stick to it. Dogs can become confused if the same words are not used to give them directions. The dog will see “get over here”� and “come”� as two different commands.
When you take your dog on vacation with you, get a snapshot of them for your phone. This ensures that, should he get lost, you have a current photo, ready for showing around or being used in flyers.
Before deciding on what type of dog to get for your family, consider space. Even though you may love the bigger dogs that you can really wrap your arms around, you may not have adequate space for a large breed. Take your home and yard size into consideration before bringing home a new pooch.
Check with your vet to determine the amount of food to feed your dog daily. Sometimes the guidelines on pet food labels aren’t correct, and following them could lead to obesity. Check with you vet to find out about the feeding guidelines for your particular dog.
Remember that dogs are creatures of habit and anything you start with him will be expected in the future. If you’re not keen on him sleeping with you, don’t let him do it only on occasion. Likewise, if you don’t want him begging at the table, never offer him a bite of people food. He will learn and accept things if you are consistent.
Take your new dog to the vet. In fact, do it the same day as you bring the pet home so you don’t forget. The veterinarian will do a full checkup and set a schedule for his vaccinations. Set up an appointment to have your dog fixed, too.
No matter what kind of dog you may have, hang up a few “Beware of Dog” signs on your property. They are known deterrents to would-be burglars and can help protect you and your family. Just the sign alone indicates probable failure of any robbery attempt and a single bark will have them running away!
Check to make sure your dog’s collar is adjusted properly by fitting two of your fingers comfortably underneath it and pulling gently. There should be just enough room to do this and no more, otherwise he may be able to wiggle out of it. Always keep it on, except during crate transport, as the collar can get snagged and injure.
Now that you know how to take great care of a dog, it’s time for your new companion to come home with you! There will always be things you don’t know, so don’t stop learning. Think about signing up for forums if you want to discuss your furry friend with other owners. Learning is a life-long endeavor, so don’t stop now!