Don’t you love having a dog? Dogs are valued as pets by many people, and there are good reasons for it. They adore you and want you to adore them back. Dogs make for some great companions. Your dog could be a great addition to your family if you take the time to train it properly. The following tips will help you out.
Be careful with your dog around Christmas season, many dangers are lurking just under the festive ambiance. For instance, electrical chords are typically strewn about during the holidays, and dogs often chew them, creating an electrical hazard. Dogs may be tempted to eat the decorations on the tree. They may also be tempted by the tree water, which can be toxic.
Hugs are great, but steer clear of kisses. Kisses seem nice, but dogs have very dirty mouths. Dogs root around in garbage pails, drink enthusiastically from the toilet bowl and love to lick and smell certain body parts of other dogs. It’s a folk tale that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans. That tidbit of information is plain wrong.
When vacationing with your dog, use the camera on your phone to snap a quick picture. If he is ever separated from you, it will be easy to show people what he looks like or print out flyers with a recent picture showing that you are looking for him.
If you have medication is your home, even if it is just over-the-counter medication, place it where your dog cannot access it. If the dog gets near the pills, then just a few of them could do serious harm and result in a trip to emergency room. If your dog does ingest some of your medication, get in touch with your veterinarian immediately.
Don’t take your dog off of your own property without a leash, no matter how well-behaved he is. Anything can happen, causing your dog to run away or get in a fight with other dogs or even people. Your dog’s safety and behavior are your responsibility.
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.
House-training your dog will be much easier if you adopt a routine. You should go for walks regularly throughout the day and come home during your lunch break if necessary. If your dog has to be home alone for long hours, do not leave a bowl full of water unless it is very hot.
You have to be the same kind of friend that your dog is to you. You can be the best caregiver for your dog with these tips in hand. The tips will also help you and your dog to live happily with one another.