Dogs have spent thousands of years as domesticated animals. That very history shows that man and dog have been partners for so long for a very good reason. However, your dog must be properly cared for. The following advice will help you keep your dog happy and healthy.
While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. While those sloppy kisses may be cute, be aware that your dog’s mouth is apt to be crawling with germs and bacteria. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. This is not true, at all!
Your dog needs an annual physical exam from the vet, just as you need one from your doctor. Your dog can’t speak to tell you he’s in pain. A yearly checkup will help you find any problems before they become huge issues.
Get your dog neutered. It is a known fact that doing this will lessen the probability of your dog getting cancer. They are also more likely to remain close to home, reducing their risk of becoming lost or getting injured by a car or another animal.
Don’t let your dog out of your property without wearing a leash, regardless of how well he behaves. Wild animals could grab their attention, causing them to run into dangerous territory, or they may have an unpleasant situation involving other dogs and people. You are solely responsible for the dog’s actions and for the dog’s safety as well.
It is smart to use your hands to signal while dog training, as opposed to just your voice. These signals will help you keep your dog under control in a noisy environment. Try each way to see what works well with your dog.
Do not buy your dog a particular brand of food just because it is cheap. Cheaper brands have tons of additives, preservatives, and ingredients that can harm a dog’s health. Find a trusted group that offers a list of healthy dog food. Your dog will get good benefits from the right kind of food.
If you’ve got just one dog and he doesn’t seem all that happy or is left alone a lot, think about getting him a friend. Dogs prefer living in groups with other animals. Match them up carefully by temperament and energy levels and your dog should be in canine heaven!
Keep a close eye on a female dog when she’s in heat to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Males can detect the scent from miles away. The end result of letting an in heat dog run free is not only an unwanted litter, but also a dog who is prone to fighting and the resulting injuries.
Your job as the human in your human/dog relationship is to take care of your dog’s needs. When you are aware of what to do, the job becomes easier. This piece will be of help. Just implement a few of these tips into your household plan, and you will see some serious improvements in your dog very quickly.