There are many kinds of dogs, and many different kinds of families who own them. It’s a big decision to own a dog. Keep reading to learn about your pet and its health.
Owning a dog takes a bit of money. Every dog is going to need supplies, good food, and will also need medical care. After all is said and done this could cost about $800 or more. Emergency vet care is very expensive, in some cases thousands of dollars, so you might want to consider purchasing pet health insurance.
Don’t give table scraps to your dog. If you feed from the table, he’ll become a beggar and stop eating his own food. “People food” can also make dogs sick and contribute to obesity. Resist the temptation and only give dog food to your pup.
Hand signals are great when they are paired with verbal commands. Your dog might learn commands more easily using this approach. Try both ways of giving commands to see what works best.
Ask your vet what kinds of foods you should feed to your dog and what to stay away from. Different breeds and stages of development might mean that certain brands and types of food cause an upset stomach. Be careful about which foods you feed your dog.
If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. Always make sure your dog knows when they perform a behavior you wish to see repeated. It will show your dog that doing the right thing will earn him praise from you.
Purchase or construct a dog house if your dog must stay outside when the weather is cold. This is especially important during wet weather. Keep your dog safe by giving him shelter.
Trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. If you neglect your dog’s nails, they will be in discomfort. It is easy to keep nails trimmed with simple implements available at pet stores. If you aren’t comfortable with this, invest a little money and take your dog to the groomers.
Do not try to save money by choosing the cheapest dog food. In the long run, it is beneficial to be feeding your dog high quality, nutritious food. You’ll have to pay more, but you can be certain your dog gets the right vitamins and minerals from good sources.
If you think you want a dog, but are not sure if you are ready for the commitment involved, consider becoming a foster home. Shelters for abused or homeless dogs are often looking for temporary homes, called foster homes, where dogs can live until they are adopted out to a permanent home. Fostering is a great way to help a dog and get a feel for what having a dog is like.
Do you feel better prepared to care for your dog? You’ve got all sorts of new information at your fingertips now. Implement these tips into your daily lifestyle to help ensure your family pet is always taken care of.