Domesticated dogs have been around for countless generations. Humans and dogs are great companions for each other. It is your job as the owner to make sure you take great care of your dog. Below is the information you need to make that happen.
Make sure that your dog is spayed or neutered. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. Spayed and neutered dogs wander less often as well, so this reduces likelihood of your dog getting hit on the road or lost.
Since your dog can’t talk to you, it’s crucial that you listen to their non-verbal language. If you notice your dog is hesitant to meet a particular person or dog, don’t force it. That could lead to another person or dog being bitten. So pay attention to your dog’s demeanor and make your judgement from these cues.
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
When you have to train a dog, your home and/or yard is the right place to do it. Avoid training your dog in heavily occupied areas. There are too many distractions there.
Praise your dog when he behaves or performs in the way that you have been training him to. This will show that you appreciate what your dog is doing. This will teach the dog that when they do what you wish, they’ll get praised.
Talk to your vet about how much to feed your dog. It is important to follow guidelines for the sake of your dog’s health. Your vet will give you personalized advice.
Buy or build a home for the dog if they need to stay outside when it’s cold. If your dog’s feet get wet, then the continued exposure can lead to stress and other health issues. Keep your dog safe from the elements by providing him the dry shelter he needs.
Don’t force your dog to eat something. If you purchase a treat your dog doesn’t appear to like, just try another brand rather than making him eat. When you are a new dog owner, it may take a while to figure out what he does and doesn’t like.
Is is your job to care for your dog in your dog/owner relationship. It might be easier than you think after reading this article. Do more research on dogs, training and other issues you run into.