Are you a current dog owner or did you have one previously? If you answered yes to this question, you know the benefits of having an animal in your house. However, dog ownership comes with responsibilities. Neglect these responsibilities and you will miss out on many of the rewards of being a pet owner. The tips in this article will get you going in the right direction.
Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. You need to look for hazards around your home that your dog might run into. Secure the trash can, stow way all medications and put away your regular cleaning supplies. Some house plants are poisonous, so keep them away from your dog’s reach or remove them.
Obviously, dogs are unable to sleep. Therefore, you have to pay attention to your canine’s non-verbal cues. Avoid forcing your dog to interact with others if he doesn’t want to. This might result in another dog or a person being bit. So pay attention to your dog’s demeanor and make your judgement from these cues.
Whenever you bring your dog along on vacations, take a quick snapshot of him and keep it on your phone. This will help in the rare situation that you get separated from your dog. You will have a current picture of your dog to show to people.
Don’t buy the cheapest food for your dog. Less expensive brands of dog food often contain artificial coloring, additives, preservatives and so on that can be very bad for your dog. Looking at a pet advocacy group website can give you recommendations of the best food for your dog. Your dog will thank you for feeding him a better food.
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he needs a dog house. Wet feet and cold fur can bring on health problems. Keep your dog out of the wet weather and the wind by building a shelter that keeps them dry and gives them room.
Brushing your dog every day is going to stop them from shedding in your home, but more than that. Brushing them daily can help them keep a shiny and beautiful coat. Brushing distributes the natural oils of your dog’s fur evenly and it promotes the health of his skin as well.
Always follow through with instructions from your vet if your dog has medication or needs special attention. Your dog may hate wearing a cone, however it is prescribed for good reason. It is always best to follow the recommendations shared by your veterinarian.
Being a dog owner is rewarding. It’s better if you know what you’re doing. You will now know all about dogs after you have read this article. Apply the advice and have fun with your dog!