Owning a dog is a major responsibility; for starters you have to figure out exactly what type of food to feed him. A number of people feel like the dog food sold at big box stores isn’t good enough for their pet. Many of these people take matters into their own hands. These tips can help you be a better, more responsible dog owner.
If the cost of your dog’s high-quality food is a burden for your family, team up with another one and buy in bulk. The big-name pet store chains offer top rated names in pet cuisine at a significant discount when bought in the larger quantities. You can minimize the cost for you and some friends while still providing your dogs with fresh and wholesome meals.
Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. When dogs seem hesitant upon meeting others, never force an interaction. This might result in another dog or a person being bit. Look for non-verbal cues and follow what the dog is telling you.
If your young dog is teething and gnawing at everything, buy him a fun chew toy and keep it in the fridge. Not only does this provide him with a good alternative to your furniture, but the cold will help to make his gums feel better. Most younger dogs gnaw out of necessity, not poor manners.
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he or she may eventually come in contact with a skunk. If he gets sprayed, mix together one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, a fourth a cup of baking soda and a quart of hydrogen peroxide solution (but make sure it is no more than three percent). Apply the mixture to your dog’s coat and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash your dog off well afterward.
Instead of feeding your dog meat bones, give him rawhide. Bones can chip and get lodged in the digestive tract or mouth. Rawhide bones are tested and veterinary approved, and they can benefit your dog’s teeth and gums too. Treat your dog to one regularly.
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.
A foster home is something you can provide for a dog that needs it. Many homeless dogs are waiting for a home in shelters, where overcrowding is a major problem. You can give one a home for a while to help the cause and you can also keep it if you like it!
Give your dog a great place to sleep. Every dog needs a bed to call his own that is temperature controlled and comfortable. If not, the dog may alternate sleeping locations between undesirable locations, such as your sofa when you’re not watching. A bed also gives him a great sense of security and belonging.
Don’t leave your dog outside all day long. Even though a lot of people tend to do this, a dog requires human interaction to feel good. If your dog is alone outside, it will quickly get lonely. Also, they could be bitten by ticks, hurt by other animals or even abducted.
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.
Even if you seek a pure bred animal, you should not overlook the pound. Some owners leave their dogs, which gives you an opportunity to give them a better life. Just call your local pound to find out what breeds they have available. When you adopt a dog, you save its life.
There are many ways that you can provide a high level of care for your dog. There are many things your dog can eat besides what is in the store. Keep the information you’ve read here in mind as you work towards providing the right care for your dog.